RATNASHRI BUDDHIST CENTRE in SELANGOR, MALAYSIA.
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H. E. .Nyidzong Tripa Rinpoche (Tulku Choedak )
Brief Biography
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). 

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 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.

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