Biography of Kathok Situ Rinpoche
The fifth Kathok Situ Rinpoche was born to Dudjom Jigdrel Yeshey Dorji’s lineage son Shenphen Dawa Rinpoche, and Her Royal Highness Ashi Pema Choden Wangchuck, who is daughter Princess (Druk Gyalsem) of the Second King of Bhutan His Majesty Jigme Wangchuck in 1978 in Darjeeling, India.
Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche, Kyabje Jadral Rinpoche, and many other Buddhist masters claimed him as the true reincarnation of the 4th Kathok Situ Rinpoche. Thus, Kyabje Drupwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche, while reciting the Namchoe Minjur Dorji’s teachings to many Trulkus, Lams, Khenpos, and the general public at Phuntsholing, Bhutan, an elaborate golden enthronement ceremony was observed for Rinpoche by His Holiness Kyabje Penor Rinpoche.
Later, in the year 1994 at the sublime land of Dorji Den (Vajra-Seat), coinciding with the annual Ngagur Nyingma Moenlam Chenmo, in presence of more than ten thousands Trulkus, Khenpos and others with the representations from the Kathok Tibet monastery, Bhutan, Nepal and elsewhere saw an elaborate ceremony of the enthronement to the golden throne of the previous Situ Rinpoche.
His Eminence Kathok Situ Rinpoche is the founder of Kathok Yosel Samtenling Monastery and the Ngesang Taktenling meditation center at Beylangdra in Wanduephodrang. As prophesized by Chabje Jigdrel Yeshi Dorji, Kathok Situ Rinpoche approached Chabje Jadral Rinpoche and respected as his root guru. Chabje Jadral Rinpoche also accepted him as his main heart son.
Kathok Situ Rinpoche received an empowerment, transmission, and instruction on Buddha teachings as well as the treasure teachings for more than 14 years from Jadral Rinpoche as a vessel being over filled. Aspired by the biographies of the past Lamas, Rinpoche entered into strict retreat for four years at Beylangdra, the sacred site of Guru Rinpoche where he attained the ultimate stage of meditational practices.
Highly learned Kathok Situ Rinpoche is very humble, simple and down to earth, avoiding the eight worldly actions and forgoing all the worldly wealth, properties and comfort. As the saying goes contentment is the best wealth, Rinpoche is satisfied with the modest and simplest things that he has.
Thus, all the offerings and gifts that Rinpoche received from devotees are used for the management of monastery and saving lives of many animals which were on the verge of slaughtering and for poor and needy people leaving with him only the most basic and essential things. His greatest concern is promoting the well-being of sentient beings.
Rinpoche always wanted to lead a real yogi and hermitage life. However, the devotees, disciples, and followers appealed and prayed him to perform Dharma activities for the benefit of Buddha Dharma in general and for the preservation and promotion of Pal Gyalwa Kathokpa’s tradition in particular.
Hence, to fulfill the aspirations of the devotees for the sentient beings, Rinpoche in 2006 established a monk body at Kathok Yosel Samtenling Monastery and extended and maintained the Ngesang Taktenling meditation center.
Starting 2012, a major expansion of the monastery has been initiated herby new residents of the monks, prayer hall, butter lamp offering room and guest house are being constructed.
Further, Rinpoche is presiding over various religious occasions and fully engaged in imparting Dharma teachings and practices for the devotees and the meditators thereby benefiting the preservation and propagation of the Buddha Dharma and promoting the well-being of all sentient beings.
Today, Rinpoche for the benefits of the Buddha-Dharma and sentient beings looks after the care and welfare of the Kathok Pakyong Monastery and Retreat Centre in Sikkim, India, Dorling Phuntshok Nyayab Choling Monastery in Jourbanglow, Darjeeling, India, Doo Ngagten Rabgyel Ling Monastery in Monger, Drakmarling Temple in Thimphu and Kathog Beylangdra Monastery in Wangdue, Bhutan.