The Era of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche

Dorje Shugden’s practice remained relatively obscure until the time of Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche. This Lama was an heir to the Changkya line of incarnations but was banned due to political affiliations that the previous incarnations had with the Chinese court.

In this incarnation, the high Lamas decided to enthrone him as a Tulku of an obscure little monastery on a small hill named Pabong. He then enrolled into Sera Monastery.

In the monastery, Pabongka Rinpoche appeared to be a very average student but things changed when he graduated. He left the monastery to study under a famous Lamrim master, Dagpo Rinpoche, who rigorously trained him in the contemplation of the Lamrim and the generation of Bodhichitta. He meditated deeply and often, based on the instructions of his Lama and thus, gained full awakening.

When he started teaching, he quickly gained a large following of Sangha from various monasteries and many lay people. Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche was renowned throughout the land as being an emanation of Heruka and won the hearts of many disciples with his masterful way of teaching which combined practicality, wisdom and humor.

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  1. Hi, I have some ribu blessed by Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche and Ghesha Demo Rinpoche. These belonged to my Grand father who used to belong to an aristocratic family back in Lhasa. I have decided to sell them due to reasons of my own. There are many auctioneer who wants them but i want this to fall into the hands of someone who will treasure them. If anyone in this forum is interested. Please comment and we can talk further. This is very precious, authentic and very rear.

  2. Dear

    Thank you for this short write up about Pabongka Rinpoche. it is amazing that due to a political reason, a lama can be stripped of his identity and his attainment in previous lives. What is even more amazing is although he was denied the higher title, he still make such great impacts in his lifetime.

    I guess although he did not have the title, Pabongka Rinpoche still showed who he really was though his tremendous work that benefit others.


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