E. .Nyidzong Tripa Rinpoche (Tulku Choedak )
Historically, the Nyidzong
Tripas are of the Drikung Kagyu lineage and act as regents of the Drikung
Kyabgons when their reincarnations have yet to be found or are too young
to assume their responsibilities. The previous Nyidzong Tripa gave many
important Drikung Kagyu empowerments and transmissions of Rinchen Terdzod
to both His Holinesses Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang and Chungtsang Rinpoches.
The following is a
very brief biography of His Eminence Nyidzong Tripa Rinpoche (Tulku Choedak)
which His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang prepared for Tulku Choedak's
visit to Malaysia. Tulku Choedak is recognized as the tulku of the previous
Nyidzong Tripa (literally, "throne-holder" of NyidzongMonastery).
His Eminence Nyidzong
Tripa Rinpoche was born in Bylakuppe, South India in 1974. By the age of
eight, Venerable K. C. Ayang Rinpoche ordained His Eminence and he learnt
from Rinpoche the Tibetan language and also began monastic training. Around
the age of eleven, His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche recognized
him as the reincarnation of Nyidzong Trichung Salwa'I Nyiched (1927 - 1958),
who was the supreme head of Nyidzong Monastery in Kham Gawa (Eastern Tibet).
The present Nyidzong
Tripa received from His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche various
teachings, empowerments and oral transmissions and classes on Buddhist
philosophy. By the age of sixteen, he received the getsul (novice) vows
from His Holiness and was named Konchog Tenzin Karma Choedak. At the age
of nineteen, Nyidzong Monastery in Tibet requested him to visit the main
monastery in Tibet. Rinpoche spent two years in Tibet and came back to
Jangchub Ling (where Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche resides) and received
all the sacred empowerments, transmissions and instructions of the Drikung
Kagyu lineage from His Holiness. Rinpoche has also completed the retreats
of Amitayus, Manjushri, Fivefold Profound Path of Mahamudra, Chakrasamvara,
Four-kayas Guru Yoga and others.