In 2009, a group of us students of His Holiness, the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa who had the good fortune of
receiving his teachings in other Drukpa centres overseas found out about His Eminence the 9th Khamtrul
Rinpoche Jigme Pema Nyinjadh’s teaching tour to all the Drukpa Asian centres. Knowing that His Eminence
is the heart son of His Holiness the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa and very much like His Holiness, His Eminence
teaches in a clear, direct and effective fashion, we requested that H.E. Khamtrul Rinpoche extend his
teaching tour to Singapore after Malaysia. This took place in Sep 2009. At the end of the successful
tour and teachings in Singapore, His Holiness the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa gave instructions through His
Eminence for us to set up Drukpa Singapore. Under the guidance of His Holiness and His Eminence, Drukpa
Singapore will work to promote the understanding and practice of the Dharma and community services
activities to achieve happiness, peace and well-being of all in Singapore.
His Holiness, the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa
His Holiness, the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa is the supreme spiritual head of the Drukpa Lineage. Founded in Tibet over 800 years ago, the Drukpa Lineage boosts over 800 monasteries and 30 centers worldwide spanning from Tibet, China, Bhutan, India, Europe, North and South America, Asia, Europe and Australia. His Holiness' vision and mission are to preserve and restore the 2500 years Buddhist culture and heritage; promote the Drukpa Lineage’s precious teachings and bring inner peace and tranquility to all beings by integrating spirituality in daily life with love and compassion. His Holiness, emphasizes the importance of putting the practice of love into action. His Holiness also stresses on the importance of education and is keen to ensure women receive an equal education. He spearheaded the construction and administration of Druk Amitabha Mountain, a nunnery that not only teaches its nuns traditional Buddhist practices, but also provides classes in English, kung fu and computer skills.
In early 2007, His Holiness founded ’Live to Love’, a global humanitarian charity movement which spearheads humanitarian projects around the world including environmentally sustainable schools, environmental education, modern medical facilities, heritage preservation. In recognition of his Live to Love efforts in education, environment and teaching young women leadership skills, in Sep 2010, the United Nations has honoured His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa with the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals Award (MDG).
The present Gyalwang Drukpa is the reincarnation of Naropa, the Indian maha siddha and the twelfth incarnation of the founder of the Drukpa Lineage, Tsangpa Gyare Yeshe Dorje (1611-1211). The successive reincarnation of the Drogon Tsangpa Gyare are recognized as the Head of the Drukpa Lineage and responsible for the guidance of over 800 Drukpa Monasteries in Tibet, Nepal, Ladakh, Lahaul (Garsha) and Kinnuar.
For details of His Holiness, please visit His website www.drukpa.org.
His Eminence, the 9th Khamtrul Rinpoche Jigme Pema Nyinjadh
Born in 1981 in Darjeeling, India, His Eminence Khamtrul Rinpoche studied at Druk Thupten Sangag Choeling Monastery in Darjeeling under the guidance of His Holiness the present Gyalwang Drukpa. He then engaged in a rigorous nine-year course to attain his Master’s Degree in Buddhist philosophy from Tango Monastic University in Bhutan. His Eminence Khamtrul Rinpoche also teaches worldwide, where he brings a young and vibrant viewpoint to traditional Buddhist teachings. Since 2000, he has shared his knowledge and warmth of personality with students in Mexico, Bhutan, Vietnam, Malaysia and Europe. His Eminence works to make Buddhist ideals relevant to a modern lifestyle and emphasizes that Buddhist principles can and should be integrated into everyday life, through service to others.
For more information on Khamtrul Rinpoche, please visit www.khamtrul.org.