TINGKEY GONJANG RINPOCHE
According to the prediction letter presented by H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche, the then Supreme Head of Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, Tingkey Gonjang Rinpoche would be born near “Shar Chog Bey Phug”, Drejong, Sikkim one of the holy Phugchens personally blessed by Guru Rinpoche in 8th century. On mission to find him, the prediction proved to be true. His Holiness recognized the child as the reincarnation of Yolmo Ngagchang Shakya Zangpo. H.H. the XIVth Dalai Lama and H.H. XVIth Karmapa have also recognized him as authentic reincarnation of the Terton.
Gonjang Rinpoche received all about Jangter tradition regarding empowerments and oral transmissions including the Dzogchen Gongpa Zang Thal, from H.E. Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche. He received other Oral Transmission like Gyalwai Kagyur Rinpoche, Dudjom Ter-sar and complete Ka-ter teachings from His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche.
Gonjang Rinpoche had already started preaching valuable teaching to others in many places. He has given Oral Transmission of “Bhum” (Prajna Paramita) twice. He has even given Oral Transmission of “Rinchen Ter-Zod” at Tashiding Monastery in Sikkim, while H.H. Do Drupchen Rinpoche was giving that empowerment. He has also given the Oral Transmission of Nyingma Kama in eastern Bhutan (Pemagatsel).
Rinpoche established Gonjang Monastery at Rongbull (Darjeeling) in the early 1970s and established the main Gonjang Monastery here at Bojoghari in Gangtok (Sikkim). At present, there are about 100 monks studying here in the main monastery.