His Holiness the XIIth Gyalwang Drukchen

Head of the Drukpa Kagyud Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism


The Gyalwang Drukchens, like the Dalai Lamas, are considered to be emanations of the Buddha of Compassion (Chenrezig or Avalokiteshvara). They are also considered as incarnations of the great Indian sage Naropa, Gampopa, Songsten Gampo, the first Buddhist King of Tibet, and the King of Shambhalla.

Jigme Pema Wangchen, the 12th Gyalwang Drukchen, was born in 1963 at Rewalsar in Northern India. Having been officially recognised by H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama and H.H. the 16th Karmapa, he was enthroned in Darjeeling in 1967. Upon discovery, the four year old child recognised some of his former monks and disciples, and to everyone's astonishment called them by the name. H.H. Gyalwang Drukchen's teachers have included some of the great Tibetan masters of our time.

Today at his monastery in Darjeeling, H.H. Gyalwang Drukchen Rinpoche has re-establised a home for the Drukpa Kagyud lineage in exile from Tibet. There are numerous other Drukpa Kagyud monasteries located in Ladakh, Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal, Sikkhim, India and the Far East and now with centres in the West.

"The West is ready for a philosophy that is radical and in some senses nihilistic - but that also has, at its heart, a vision of compassion. Buddhism may be a philosophy that the West will turn to in its despair, precisely because it has always recognised that despair, even celebrated it as the beginning of wisdom.; as the necessary beginning of a journey that leads beyond despair, to awareness and to a compassionate involvement with all life".

Click to hear His Holiness chanting the mantra's of Padmasambhava and Chenrezig:


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