Biography of Tulku Lobsang
The venerable Tulku Lobsang Rinpoche is a high precious Buddhist master. He bases his teachings on the ancient Tantric knowledge that has been the foundation for Tibetan Buddhism, Medicine, Astrology and many popular healing techniques. Having a profound knowledge in these matters, Rinpoche now presents to the world the knowledge of his venerable lineage, integrating various disciplines in one, as they originally were.
Childhood at the Roof of the World
Tulku Lobsang was born in 1976 into a farmer family in the Himalayas. Many reincarnated lamas have been born into this family. Tulku Lobsang spent his childhood in nature under the attention of his mother. He was always surprising her with special games. Once he wanted to fly from the third floor house with an umbrella. The make-shift glider broke right away once in the air, but fortunately the young boy was unharmed.
When he was six years old, Tulku Lobsang entered Sowa Monastery, the local Buddhist monastic school. At eleven he went to the Nangzi Bön Monastery, which is the biggest Bön Monastery in Tibet today. There he received the formation from his uncle. The Master cared about him like his own son and introduced him in the teaching of the Bön tradition. Tulku Lobsang received from him his first experiences with the secret Dzogchen teachings and the Bön rituals. The Master was Abbot of the monastery and is today the personal teacher of the highest Bön Lama in Amdo.
While Tulku Lobsang was at the Bon Monastery, the Sowa Monastery monks were advised by the oracle that he had identified their reincarnated Lama, Tulku Nyentse. At an open ceremony of the oracle, when the monks asked for the incarnation of their Lama, the young Lobsang was named. However, the monks were not sure if the oracle meant this especially wild boy. The oracle confirmed that Lobsang was without a doubt the true incarnation of the Nyentse Lama. At that same moment, the oracle also said that Lobsang would not stay at Sowa Monastery and sit on the throne as was tradition. Instead, he said Lobsang would travel the world teaching and helping others and, in so doing, provide the greatest help to Sowa Monastery and the surrounding village. Thus, at age thirteen, Tulku Lobsang was enthroned in a celebration ceremony at Sowa Monastery as the eighth incarnation of Tulku Nyentse. He would soon leave, however, just as the oracle predicted.
The first incarnation of Nyentse Lama was Abbot of Gaden Monastery in Lhasa. That Nyentse Lama was an accomplished Master of the Deity Yama and was living in connection with him. In the fifth incarnation he was a great yogi who was famous for his magic faculties. In this eighth incarnation, the Nyentse Lama’s Body, Speech, and Mind were reincarnated separately into three different people. The Abbot of Gerdeng Monastery, who is approximately 75 years old, was identified first as the reincarnation of the Body of Nyentse Lama. Because he did not stay on the throne at Sowa Monastery, however, the monastery was still without its spiritual leader. Tulku Lobsang was identified next and is the reincarnation of the Speech of Nyentse Lama. As Tulku Lobsang was to be of greatest benefit to the world by traveling and teaching, the need for someone to take the throne at Sowa Monastery still existed. Thus, some years after Tulku Lobsang was enthroned and had left Sowa, a third monk, who is the same age as Tulku Lobsang, was identified as the reincarnation of the Mind of Nyentse Lama and stayed to run the Monastery. He and Tulku Lobsang studied with the same teachers as children and remain close today. They work closely together to support the three Nyentse monasteries.
Shortly after his enthronement at Sowa Monastery, Tulku Lobsang was moved to Amchok Monastery where he received his formal teachings. Early in his studies at Amchok, the young Tulku Lobsang was already impressing people with his healing capacities. Next, he continued his studies in Labrang Monastery. There he deepened his knowledge in Sutra, Medicine and Astrology. In addition to his general schooling in the monastery, a line of scholars in Medicine and Astrology privately taught Tulku Lobsang. One of his teachers was the astrologer Geshe Jamyang Nyima. The whole-knowledge Lama Gungtang from Amdo instructed him in the teaching of Tantra and gave him the most important initiations. Over the next several years, Tulku Lobsang received general teachings in all eight lineages. Today, he remains a practitioner of all eight lineages.
Teachings and Teachers
Generally, Tulku Lobsang received Gelugpa teachings, but he also studied Bon, the Jonang Kalachakra secret traditions, as well as Mahamudra traditions. Therefore, he received general teachings in all of the Tibetan Buddhist traditions. Today, he continues as a practitioner of all traditions.
Tulku Lobsang had many teachers, but his main teachers were Geshe Samten in Amchok Monastery in eastern Tibet for philosophy, Geshe Jamyang Nyima in Labrang Monastery for medicine and astrology, and Geshe Sherub Nyima in Bon Nangzi Monastery, who was his special astrology teacher. When he was young, in the Sowa Monastery, Geshe Lodrup taught Tulku Lobsang reading, writing, and memorization. Lama Gungtang gave Tulku Lobsang most of the empowerments and initiations - such as Kalachakra empowerments and Merta Jertsa, which means 100 Mandala Empowerments. He received medical empowerments, such as Mangnergajama from Geshe Tsukdruk at Labrang Monastery, who also gave him flower and water essence initiations and teachings. Jonang secret Kalachakra traditions were received from Kembo Narshe and Lama Dorje. Bon Dzogchen traditions were given by his uncle Ak Yeshi. Tulku Lobsang’s four personal, private teachers were also reincarnation lamas - Tulku Narke, Tulku Serchen, Tulku Kaynyang and Tulku Tsurmon, all at Amchok Monastery. His root Lama is Tulku Serchen, who is now 93 years old. Tulku Narke, who is around 75 years old, was a very close teacher. He always traveled with Tulku Lobsang in Tibet, cared for the details of daily life, and supervised his practice. Altogether, Tulku Lobsang had 35 main teachers from whom he received instructions and specific empowerments and initiations.
India and the West
In 1993 Tulku Lobsang left Tibet for south India, to the Gaden Shartse Monastery. At Gaden, he deepened his knowledge in the classical Buddhist texts. After five years in Gaden Monastery, Tulku Lobsang went to Dharamsala to pass the Tibetan cultural heritage on to both Tibetans and Westerners.
Since 2000, Tulku Lobsang has been traveling to foreign countries to give teachings and lectures in Medicine, Buddhism, and Astrology. In March 2002 he established a medical center, Nangten Menlang - Buddhist Medical Centre, in northern India. Tulku Lobsang’s special skills in the art of healing and medical science, his natural and compassionate way of teaching, his general kindness, and his Buddhist wisdom make him a precious and valuable mediator and transmitter of the Tibetan Buddhist culture and traditions.