His Holiness 36th Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang

The first incarnation of Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang Rinpoche was born in 1595. The 36th successor of Drikung Kagyu Lineage and the 8th present reincarnation of Drikung Kyabgon Chungtsang Rinpoche was born in Tibet in 1942, in the well known Lhagyari family, the lineage of the Tibetan kings.

His Holiness was four years old when he was enthroned at Drikung Thil. His Holiness received all the empowerments and oral transmissions of the Kagyu teachings as well as the teachings of the Drikung Kagyu lineage from his private tutors and a few illustrious teachers.

In 1959 the Chinese put him in prison for fifteen years. In 1980, His Holiness was permitted to visit India for pilgrimage and in 1992, once again His Holiness came to Jangchubling, Dehra Dun, India during the inauguration of Drikung Kagyu Institute. During his visit in 1992, His Holiness gave many teachings and empowerments to the public. His Holiness is at present living in Lhasa, Tibet.

Source: The above text was excerpted from the Drikung Kagyu Institute website.

Updated on July 24, 2008