Zhichen Bairo Rinpoche (Wyl. gzhi chen bai ro rin po che) (d. 2017), Jamyang Tenpé Gyaltsen, the third Zhichen Bairochana, was recognized by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö as the thirty-sixth incarnation of the lotsawa Vairotsana. He was an important holder of the Katok lineage. His main seat, Zhichen Kharmar Sangag Tangye Ling in Golok, is one of the major branches of Katok Dorje Den Monastery in eastern Tibet. Zhichen has its own group of over twenty branch monasteries throughout the region.
Bairo Rinpoche's older brother is Katok Moktsa Rinpoche.
Bairo Rinpoche received the Nyingtik Yabshyi and other cycles of the secret Nyingtik teachings from Khenpo Ngawang Palzang. He also received teachings from Tuksé Nyidha Zangpo, Tulku Kunzang Nyima, Katok Khenpo Sherab, Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö, Katok Getse Gyurme Tenpa Namgyal, Chaktsa Rinpoche Pema Trinlé Gyatso, Rakor Khenpo Drimé Özer of Getse, Katok Khenpo Gyaltsen Özer, Katok Situ Shedrup Chökyi Nyima, Minling Chung Rinpoche, Minling Khen Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche and Lodrak Namkhai Nyingpo.
Bairo Rinpoche taught for one month every year at his new seat, Zhichen Bairo Ling, in Kathmandu. During the recent resurgence of the teachings in Tibet, Bairo Rinpoche worked closely with Zhichen Ontrul Rinpoche, a student of Tulku Tsullo. Zhichen Monastery in Tibet is currently being rebuilt under the direction of Bairo Rinpoche’s son, the Twelfth Gyalwang Drukpa.
- A Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems: Biographies of Masters of Awareness in the Dzogchen Lineage by Nyoshul Khenpo Jamyang Dorje, Padma Publishing, 2005, page 536.