Jonang Takten Phuntsok Chosling Cultural Society
Registered under the Societies Registration Act. XXI-1860. No. S-37/2001
H.E. Choekyi Nangwa Rinpoche was born in Tibet in 1963. His father is Dojee and his mother is Dolma. At the age of eight he began to study Tibetan reading and writing while working on the farm and herding cattle. At the age of 15, he was ordained as a monk at which Venerable Lama Kalden performed the hair-cutting ceremony. H.E. Choekyi Nangwa Rinpoche began to receive and practice the Kalachakra six-limb yoga under the guidance of Vajra Master Lama Pelsang. Subsequently he studied almost all the tantric and sutric teaching of the Jonang tradition under the guidance of his main teacher H.E. Dorjee Chang Lama Yonten Pelsangpo, the 46th Vajra Master who holds all the lineages of the Jonang tradition.
When H.E. Choekyi Nangwa Rinpoche was 25 years old, by the kindness of the 10th H.H. Panchen Rinpoche, he was given an opportunity to study the tenets of all the Tibetan Buddhist traditions in the Bejeing Buddhist College for two years.
In 1986, Choekyi Nangwa Rinpoche was recognized by H.E. Lama Yonten Pelsangpo as the reincarnation of Tselminpa Sonam Sangpo - one of the great disciples of Kunkhen Jonangpa Chenpo Sherap Gyaltsen (1292-1361) - who is in turn the reincarnation of Ngeton Bhakula. Later, Abbot Choekyi Nangwa Rinpoche studied and practiced such as the Generation Stage of Jungpo Dulshe (Tamer of Spirits) under the guidance of Abbot Losang Trinlae.
Since 1993, H.E. Choekyi Nangwa Rinpoche has been in exile in India. Subsequently he studied the five major Buddhist texts in Gaden Monastic University in South India. On many occasions, he received teachings and empowerments from His holiness the Dalai Lama, especially including the Kalachakra and Jonang Kunga Drolchok's (1507-1566) Hundred instructions.
In 1998, His holiness the 14th Dalai Lama offered the Sangye Choeling monastery to H.H. KhalKha Jetsun Dhampa for the revival and promotion of the Jonang tradition and also renamed the monastery, Jonang Takten Phuntsok Chosling Monastery. At that time His Holiness installed Choekyi Nangwa Rinpoche as the Abbot of the monastery. He is currently Abbot of Jonang Takten Phuntsok Chosling Tibetan Buddhist monastery Sanjauli, Shimla, H.P., India. He is looking after all the monastic monks and teaching them in the Jonang tradition. He also teaches Kalachakra six-limb Yoga to students in the Kalachakra meditation Centre.
H.E. Chokyi Nangwa