DHARAMSALA, Jan 15: Dzogchen Rinpoche has been appointed the 8th head of Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism.
The 7th Dzogchen Rinpoche Jigme Losel Wangpo, the holder of the Dzogchen Monastery lineage was appointed as the 8th head of Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism at the ongoing 30th Nyingma Monlam in Bodh Gaya.
Dzogchen Rinpoche will now succeed His Holiness the Katok Getse Rinpoche Gyurme Tenpa Gyaltsen as the Nyingma head after the latter’s sudden demise in an accident in Nepal in Nov last year.
Dzogchen Rinpoche was the second in line of the six Nyingma lamas picked for the supreme head of the Nyingma tradition of the Tibetan Buddhism in a three-year tenure basis; a unanimous decision taken by the representatives of the Nyingma school at the 29th Nyingma Monlam held in in Bodh Gaya last year.
The representative of six major Nyingma monasteries, Shechen, Mindrolling, Dorje Drak and Palyul will succeed Dzogchen Rinpoche as the supreme head of Nyingma on the termly basis.
Dzogchen Rinpoche was born in Sikkim in 1964 and recognised at an early age as the 7th Dzogchen Rinpoche by His Holiness the 4th Dodrupchen Rinpoche, Thupten Trinley Palzang and later confirmed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.