Brief Biography of
Ninth Khenchen Thrangu Tulku, 
Karma Lodrö Lungrik Maway Senge



 
When The 7th Gyalwa Karmapa Chodrak Gyatso (1454-1506), visited the region of Thrangu in Tibet, he established Thrangu Monastery and enthroned Sherap Gyaltsen as the first Thrangu Rinpoche, recognizing him as the re-established emanation of Shuwu Palgyi Senge, one of the twenty-five great siddha disciples of Guru Padmasambhava. The present, ninth incarnation of Thrangu Rinpoche is an eminent scholar. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche was born in Tibet in 1933. When he was four, H.H. The 16th Gyalwa Karmapa and Palpung Situ Rinpoche recognized him as the incarnation of Thrangu Tulku by prophesying the names of his parents and the place of his birth.

Thrangu Rinpoche was born in the winter in Tibet. In front of their house was a frozen river. But on the morning of his birth, the river thawed. It thawed before the sun came up and people were very surprised and wondered what it meant that the ice had melted so early in the morning. After the ice had melted, all these birds came to wash themselves in the river, which was quite unusual. They also heard a cuckoo, which is never present in that part of Tibet in the winter. It's only in the summer that they have the cuckoo bird, but the cuckoo was heard quite clearly.
 
Several years before Rinpoche's birth the head lama of Thrangu Monastery died (who was the eighth Thrangu Tulku Rinpoche). It is quite extraordinary to think that this long line of nine great scholars and practitioners were simply named after the monastery that they came from. This monastery is located in the Eastern Tibet in the Kham region and is actually just over the mountain from Sermang Monastery where Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche lived. The elders of the monastery went to His Holiness Karmapa to identify the reincarnation of the eighth Thrangu Tulku. Thrangu Rinpoche was ordained by His Holiness Karmapa and prophesied, "In the future you will bring dharma to the west."
 
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