Khenchen IX Awang Khyentse Norbu
January 12, 2008
The lineage into which H.E. Mindrolling Khenchen Rinpoche reincarnated began with the great translation master Lochen Dharmashri, who was the younger brother of the founder of the Mindrolling Monastery, Rigzin Terdak Lingpa. For generation after generation, the rinpoche has been assisting H.H. Dharma King Mindrolling Trichen in propagating the dharma and benefiting living beings. Thus, within the Minrolling school, H.E. Mindrolling Khenchen’s great responsibility to transmit dharma and his high status are second only to those of H.H. Dharma King Mindrolling Trichen, who is the dharma king of the Mindrolling Monastery.
H.E. the ninth Mindrolling Khenchen Rinpoche was born in 1970 into the Baerdengniu clan in Tibet. The blood lineage of that clan can be traced back to a celestial being from the Heaven of Light within the Heaven of the Thirty-Three Gods. H.H. the Dalai Lama, H.H. the 16th Great Jewel Dharma King, and Latuo Rinpoche have all recognized the rinpoche as being the incarnation of the eighth Khenchen Rinpoche. Since childhood he received teachings from H.H. Dharma King Mindrolling Trichen, H.H. Dharma King Dilgo Khyentse, H.H. Dharma King Penor, H.H. Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche, H.H. Trulshik Rinpoche, and others. Upon the invitation of H.H. the Dalai Lama, in 1985 H.E. Mindrolling Khenchen Rinpoche received together with H.H. the Dalai Lama teachings from H.H. Dharma King Dilgo Khyentse. They received the entire Secret Mind Dharma, which is unique to the Nyingma sect. The careful training and education provided by these dharma kings and rinpoches led H.E. Khenchen Rinpoche to become a person of extremely outstanding learning and cultivation. He is generous, sincere, modest, and unaffected. Although he bears the heavy responsibilities associated with the Khenchen lineage system of the Mindrolling school, he is totally devoid of any self-pride possessed by ordinary people. He has the inner-cultivation and bearing of a great Bodhisattva.
H.E. Khenchen Rinpoche has been the president of Ngagyur Nyingma College since 1992. He gives the monastic precepts to several hundred monastics every year on the birthday of Sakyamuni Buddha. He also has kept up his long-term practice of going into retreat three to four months every year. At the request of many Nyingma monasteries, H.E. Khenchen Rinpoche has been the vice-president of the yearly Nyingmapa Molem Chenmo Ceremony for World Peace since 1994. His position within the Nyingma sect is very high.