Tenzin Rigsel Rinpoche

Khensur Geshe Lama Lhundrup, the abbot of Kopan Monastery, passed away in September 2011.Since then, Lama Zopa Rinpoche has been looking for Khensur Lama Lhundrup's incarnation for some time, and recently had submitted a name list to His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama. Tenzin Rigsel was confirmed as the true incarnation by His Holiness a few days later.

The incarnation, Tenzin Rigsel, was born on the 29 January 2013 to a family in Tsum. He is presently living with his family near Boudhanat, near Kathmandu. Tenzin Rigsel enjoys going to Kindergarden, learning already some English. 

This is what Lama Zopa Rinpoche said about the incarnation when he announced it:
What made Lama Lhundrup to have this special reincarnation was his pure morality, compassion to sentient beings and wish to liberate all sentient being by spreading the teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa. I think this incarnation will be continually more and more beneficial as his life goes on and also as his lives go on.  Please everybody enjoy, especially the students in the East and the West.

Read More  on Khensur Lama Lhundrup's life

Read more on the discovery of the Incarnation

Latest news on the Enthronement Celebrations:

More than 300 guest from all over the world, as well as many lamas, geshes and tulkus, and more than 800 monks and nuns were present at the enthronement of Tenzin Rigsel.

Read here the FPMT blog about the enthonement.

Read here about Lama Zopa Rinpoche's stay and the events after the enthronement.

Read all stories about Tenzin Rigsel here


A change in name: Tenzin Rigsel is now known as Thubten Rigsel. After being ordained as Rabjung by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, he received the name Thubten.





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