The 9th Gakar Rinpoche was born in the Himalayan region of Dolpo Nepal. His Holiness Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche, the supreme head of Nyingma Tradition of Northern Buddhism, recognized him as the reincarnation of the former Gakar Rinpoche Kyab Dhampa (Incarnation of the Great Maha Siddha Virupa). He was formally enthroned in his predecessor’s main seat in 2011 by H.H. Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche.
Gakar Rinpoche started his basic education with his great-grandfather Hungtram Rinpoche and entered Shechen Monastery, for further studies. Under the guidance of H.H. Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche, he had the privilege to pursue his higher education with Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche near Paro Taktsang, Bhutan.
Currently, Gakar Rinpoche is in his final year of 10 years long Buddhist philosophical courses and serving as Chanting master (Uchung) as well as a lecturer at Shechen Monastic University in Kathmandu.
100 Year Long Life Empowerment (Wang) in Thangtong Gyalpo’s Tradition:
This special Amitayu initiation comes from the lineage line of Mahasiddha Thangtong Gyalpo, who is an emanation of Guru Padmasambhava. It is known as the 100 year Long Life initiation because over the centuries hundreds of practitioners have lived over 100 years practicing the techniques of the meditation and mantra recitation based on this tradition that will be imparted by Gakar Rinpoche during the initiation.
Date: Monday 4th May 2015
Time: 10:00 to 18:00hrs (Buddha Sadhana Puja)
Venue: Rivermead Leisure Centre, Richfield Avenue, Reading, RG1 8EQ
Organised by: Buddhist Community Centre, UK