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Changling Rinpoche, Spiritual Director of Lotus Speech

Changling Rinpoche is a student of Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and is Spiritual Director of Lotus Speech Australia, and director of Lotus Speech worldwide.

Changling Rinpoche teaches senior students at Shechen Monastery and those in the Shechen traditional three-year retreat.

Rinpoche, as head of ritual at Shechen, protects the integrity of the Shechen ritual tradition and teaches ritual and Nyingma tantra to senior students.

Rinpoche teaches worldwide, beginning in Australia in 2002, North America in 2004 and Europe in 2005.

Rinpoche has established Lotus Speech organizations under his direction in Australia, Canada,  and Hong Kong.

All these fellow Lotus Speech organizations cooperate closely to further Rinpoche’s activities. We, as Rinpoche’s students, and members of Lotus Speech,  strive to live and enact the Buddhist principles of compassion and wisdom, reflection and pure conduct that Rinpoche teaches everywhere.

As a child, Changling Rinpoche was recognized by Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Kyabje Penor Rinpoche in 1985 as the Changling Tulku of Changchub Ling Monastery in the Tsang region of Central Tibet.

The news came to Rinpoche’s family in Kalimpong via a letter written by their Holinesses. Rinpoche’s grandmother, being surprised by the news, took it upon herself to look into the situation. She traced the source to an old yogi, Lama Trakden, a student of the previous Changling Lingpa.

Lama Trakden had gone to see Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche who was giving teachings in Mysore at Penor Rinpoche’s monastery and requested Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche to recognize the tulku of his root teacher. This is how it came about that both Khyentse Rinpoche and Penor Rinpoche recognized Changling tulku together.

As an 11 year old boy, Rinpoche entered Shechen Monastery and was enthroned by Khyentse Rinpoche and ordained by Trulshik Rinpoche.

For the first year Rinpoche learned how to read and write Tibetan. The following year Shechen opened its philosophical college and Khyentse Rinpoche put Changling Tulku into the program when he was twelve, an age considerably younger than usual.

When Rinpoche was fifteen, his root teacher Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche passed away. At sixteen, Rinpoche began to give teachings to other students in college.

At eighteen, Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche, abbot of Shechen Monastery, sent Changling Rinpoche to Penor Rinpoche’s college in Mysore to complete his studies of the Prajnaparamita (Heart Sutra) under the tutelage of the three great khenpos there.

At twenty, Rinpoche took full monk’s ordination with Trulshik Rinpoche.  Rinpoche graduated with a khenpo’s degree at the age of twenty-one.

Since the passing of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Rinpoche’s main teachers are Kyabjes Trulshik Rinpoche, Dodrupchen Rinpoche, Penor Rinpoche, Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche and Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche.

Currently Changling Rinpoche is in charge of a section of the Shechen Monastery called dratsang, which literally means “the collection of monks”.