Choegon Rinpoche Choekyi Wangchuk
His Eminence Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche, Thutop Chökyi Wangchuk (b. 1966) is one of the most important masters within the Drukpa Kagyü tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Five centuries ago, the first Choegon Rinpoche was accorded the highest honour by becoming the teacher of Pema Karpo, the fourth Gyalwang Drukpa. The current Choegon Rinpoche is the ninth in a line of successive reincarnations who are renowned as accomplished teachers of Vajrapani and Mahakala.
In 1966 the present Choegon Rinpoche took birth in a yogic family in the remote himalayan town of Kinnaur. At the age of six, he was recognised by His Holiness the Karmapa and His Eminence Khamtrul Rinpoche as the ninth Choegon Rinpoche. His main teachers were Khamtrul Rinpoche, who gave him the main Drukpa Kagyu Lineage, and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, who gave him teachings from the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism. He also received the complete Drukpa transmission from Adeu Rinpoche. After completing his training, Choegon Rinpoche served as the vajra master of Khampagar Monastery for eight years, and as the monastery's president for three years.
Rinpoche’s clarity, warmth and humour together with his fluency in English make him a much admired teacher.