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26July2017

His Eminence Langna Rinpoche

langna rinpoche1His Eminence the Ninth Langna Rinpoche was born on 17th April, 1989 in Darjeeling, India.

In 1993, during the annual 'Cho-trul' (Miracles Festival), in Darjeeling on the 7th day, His Holiness Gyalwang Drugchen presided over the tonsure ceremony and declared the occasion especially auspicious for the dissemination of the Buddha doctrine, in general, and the Dhongyud Paldan Drukpa tradition, in particular. He then gave the child a new name, Jigdhrel Kunsang Long Yang.

Since at his young age after his enthronement ceremony as a reincarnation of late 8th Langna Rinpoche, he used to live in Darjeeling, nearby Thubten Sangag choeling monastery where he received some empowerments related to Drukpa Kargyud lineage from H.H. Gyalwang Drukpa.

The young incarnated child was formally enthroned at the Kor-zod monastery in Ladakh 'Jang-thang' nomadic area in front of the imposing statue of the Shakyamuni Buddha on the 13th of July, Friday, 1994, which happened to be an auspicious day in astrological calculations.

In the year 2000 he received complete transmission of Kagyur Lung [the canonical text of Buddha] from the late master H.E. Kyabje Singdrag Rinpoche and the complete transmission of Khewang Sangey Dorje Sungbum, [the collected works of Khewang Sangey Dorje] from Lopon Kinley in Bhutan.

In the year 2001 at Namdroling monastery south India, where he studied mainly Buddhist philosophy and Tibetan language for some years. There he also got the opportunity to receive complete empowerment and transmission of Rinchen Terzod, and some other teachings on Tsalung Trulkhor, [the secret channel practice and yogas] and some empowerments of Nyingma tradition as well, from late H.E. Kyabje Penor Rinpoche.

Since 2008 he resides in Bhuntar, Kullu at Dechen Choekhor monastery under the guidance of H.E. Kyabje Choegon Rinpoche. There he continued studying Buddhist philosophy from different abbots. There in Dechen Choekhor monastery he received Vajra Varahi empowerment from H.E. Kyabje Khamtrul Rinpoche and through the Vajra Varahi Retreat instruction given by Lama Achos, the teacher of Khamtrul Rinpoche, he did Phagmo Retreat for four months.
In the year 2008 he got a chance to receive complete empowerment of Nyingma Jangter tradition from H.E. Kyabje Taglung Tsetrul Rinpoche in Siliguri. As well as in year 2009 he received once again complete Rinchen Terzod empowerment from H.E. Kyabje Taglung Tsetrul Rinpoche in Mindroling monastery, Dehradun.

In the year 2010 he received complete empowerment of Nyingma Tersar tradition from Zongsar Kyentse Rinpoche in Spiti.

In the year 2011 he received complete empowerment of Nyingthig Yazhi empowerment from H.E. Kyabje Dodrupchen Rinpoche in Sikkim.

In the year 2012 he received half of Dorje Threngwa empowerment of Drukpa Kargyud tradition from H.H Gyalwang Drukpa in Nepal.

In the last few years, since Pad Yatra has begun, for the environmental improvement, led by H.H Gyalwang Drukpa, several times actively he also took participation in this movement.

He was also appointed as deputy Chairperson of 4th Annual Drukpa Council in 2012.