Minling Chung Rinpoche

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Minling Chung Rinpoche Ngawang Chödrak

Minling Chung Rinpoche Ngawang Chödrak (Tib. སྨིན་གླིང་གཅུང་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་ངག་དབང་ཆོས་གྲགས་, Wyl. smin gling gcung rin po che ngag dbang chos grags) (1908-80) — one of the teachers of the last Minling Trichen Rinpoche.


He was born in Mindroling Monastery in the Earth Monkey year. His father was Pema Wangchen or Gyurme Kunga Tendzin, and his mother was Chimé Deden Drolma, the daughter of the eighth throneholder, Gyurme Yishyin Wangyal. He therefore shared the same father as the tenth throneholder, Gyurme Döndrup Wangyal, Penam Rinpoche, and Khenchen Ngawang Khyentse Norbu. He had the same mother as Penam Rinpoche, Jetsün Tsewang Lhamo (d. 1995) and Mayum Dechen Wangmo.

He studied from a young age with many different teachers from Kham and Central Tibet. At the age of 21, he received full ordination from Khenchen Ngawang Norbu. He became the regent during the minority of Minling Trichen Rinpoche. After the tragedies of the cultural revolution he worked hard to revive the Mindroling tradition and to repair the monastery and give teachings and transmissions.

He passed away in Lhasa in 1980 (or 1979 according to some sources).

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