About Ling Rinpoche


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His Holiness Kyabje Ling Rinpoche (1903 - 83)

Kyabje Ling Rinpoche, the late senior tutor to His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, was the 97th holder of the Throne of Gaden and head of the Gelug tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. He was ordained by the Thirteenth Dalai Lama, to whom his predecessor had also been tutor, and was a great scholar and teacher. He was one of the most renowned and qualified masters of the 20th Century. His students included masters from all four Tibetan Buddhist schools. Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche spent many years teaching His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. As his Senior Tutor, Ling Rinpoche also assisted him with private highest yoga tantra meditation retreats.  His Holiness recollects, “He took primary responsibility for my care and upbringing. In the beginning when I was six years old, I was really scared of him and learned to recognize the sound of his footsteps, which made
my heart miss a beat. But in the end I developed a very good relationship and he became
my closest confidant up until his death in 1983. He taught me reading, memorization
of prayers and trained me from elementary logic through the complete study of the five
great treatises. He also gave me Bhikshu ordination, Bodhisattva vows, tantric initiations,
as well as other branches of knowledge such as Sanskrit and poetry.”

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The current incarnation of Kyabje Ling Rinpoche was born in India in 1985.  He is the spiritual head of Ling Khangtsen, in Karnataka State, South India.  He was taken to the Tibetan Children’s Village in Dharamsala, after his mother died, and stayed there until His Holiness the Dalai Lama recognized him as the reincarnation of his Senior Tutor, the 6th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche, who passed away in 1983.  Rinpoche received his Geshe degree in November 2016 and enrolled at Gyuto Tantric College in Dharamsala, India in April 2017 for a year of tantric studies that traditionally follows the completion of a Geshe degree. He completed his studies in February 2018.

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Ling Rinpoche made offerings to the monks of Drepung monastery. After his Geshe Graduation Ceremony, he visited and made offerings to monks and nuns at several monasteries in South India. They included Ganden, Sera, Tashi Lhunpo, Gyudmed and Dzongkar Choede monasteries. He later made offerings to Gyuto Tantric College in Dharamsala. Rinpoche spent the following year at Gyuto Tantric College to complete a year of tantric studies that traditionally follows the completion of the Geshe degree. He completed his studies ay Gyuto Monastery in February 2018.