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12th H.H. Karma Kuchen Rinpoche

His Holiness Karma Kuchen Rinpoche was born to mother Tsam Chod and father Dorje Namgyal on 28-08-1970 in South India. His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche recognized him as the unmistaken reincarnation of Karma Thegchog Nyingpo. In the year 1975, His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche invited him to Namdroling Monastery and enthroned him with elaborate celebration.

Under the guidance of His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche, he has learnt all the basic religious educations. Even at a very young age, he possessed the sublime qualities of a noble being such as compassion, loving kindness and courage. H.H. Karma Kuchen Rinpoche enrolled into the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute and excelled in all the knowledge of the vast and profound Sutra and Tantra teachings of Buddhist Philosophy, and has purified his mind through the practices of the Three Trainings. He also received numerous empowerments, instructions and transmissions of Nyingma and Namcho Teachings, especially the Dzogchen, Tumo and Nyondro from great masters such as His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche.
In Bodhgaya, he received the novice vow and full ordination from His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche and was named Thubten Tsultrim Norbu Osel Thinley Kuenkhyab Palzangpo (the Great Glorious of All-pervading Activities and Radiant Jewel Precept of Buddha Dharma). Since then, he has strictly preserved every aspect of the vows and soon became an authentic holder of the Precious Precepts. He is thus the embodiment of pure conduct in these degenerate age and personification of His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche.

In 1994, as per the recommendation of H.H. Drubwang Rinpoche, H.H. Karma Kuchen Rinpoche arrived in the Palyul Namgyal Jangchub Choling Monastery in Tibet. From H.H. Chogtrul Thubten Palzang, Khamtrul Chokyi Nima and many others he received various common and particular empowerments, instructions and transmissions of Nyingma Lineage and Namcho Cycle. In addition, he practised the distinct recital of Palyul tradition like ritual dances, establishment of mandalas and the mode of performing rituals. On 14 August 2000, he was formally enthroned as the 12th throne holder of the Palyul Lineage and became the supreme head of all the mother and branch monasteries of Palyul Tradition.

Since 2003, he has travelled to many countries and brought numerous beings to maturation by bestowing empowerments and instructions. He bestowed the Terzod Empowerment in Gonjo Gyara Monastery, which was attended by thousands of devottees. In addition, he has built many temples, stupas, prayer wheels, images of deities, kitchen and other objects of veneration and faith. Taking into consideration the shortage of accommodation for the empowerments and great ceremonies, H.H. Karma Kuchen has established a great four-storey temple, which is giant and functional for the community, and sanctified with many objects of mind, speech and the body of the Victorious Ones. H.H. Pema Norbu Rinpoche had on many occasions appreciated his inexhaustible efforts and unrelenting service in upholding the pure lineage of Palyul tradition and dissemination of Buddha Dharma.

The reincarnations of H.H. Padma Norbu Rinpoche and H.H. Karma Kuchen Rinpoche had been repeatedly upholding the tradition of Palyul Monastery, one of the great Mother Monasteries of Nyingma Tradition, through administration, guidance and developments. Even today, H.H. Karma Kuchen Rinpoche is shouldering the responsibility of all the Mother and Branch Monasteries of Palyul Lineage, and presently he is in Palyul Dharma Centres across the world benefiting beings and propagating the messages of Lord Shakyamuni.