Karma Kuchen Rinpoche was born on August 28, 1970, in the
year of Iron Dog, along with many auspicious signs in
Southern India, to a noble religious family.
was 2 years old, His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche (the
present 11th Throne Holder) notified his parents
that their son is the reincarnation of a great mahasiddha,
and his food and clothing have to be clean.
Karma Kuchen Rinpoche was 4 years old, both the late H.H.
Dudjom Rinpoche (also the manifestation of Guru Rinpoche)
and H.H. Penor Rinpoche confirmed that this child is the
unmistaken incarnation of the 4th Karma Kuchen Rinpoche
(Karma Thegchog Nyingpo) in their meditations. He was then
invited to Namrdoling Monastery where Penor Rinpoche looked
after him and provided him with basic education. Karma Kuchen Rinpoche studied and
perfected the teachings of Namcho (Sky Teachings)
preliminaries (ordinary and extraordinary), Tsalung
and up to Dzogpachenpo under the direct guidance of
H.H. Penor Rinpoche. He also took the Bhikshu and
Bodhisattva vows, and received the Namcho, Ratna
Lingpa’s revelations and Rinchen Terzoed
empowerments from H.H. Penor Rinpoche. In addition, he
received many teachings under the late H.H. Dilgo Khyentse
Rinpoche, Dodrupchen Rinpoche, Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche, and
many other great siddhas.
displayed infinite wisdom and understanding of Vajrayana
and Mahayana teachings when he gave a long discourse
at the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute, in the presence of many
in view of his wonderful qualities of a master, His Holiness
Penor Rinpoche appointed him as the Head of the Palyul
Mother Monastery in Tibet in 1994. On 14 August 2000, he was
formally enthroned as the lineage holder of The Palyul
Lineage and is now the 12th throne holder of The Palyul
Equipped with inconceivable wisdom, modesty, grace and boundless
compassion, he has vowed to bring peace and happiness to all
sentient beings and spread the supreme Dharma in the 10
Penor Rinpoche on many occasions appreciated his efforts in
holding the pure lineage of Palyul tradition and
dissemination of Buddha Dharma in the Land of Snows.
achievement of Karma Kuchen Rinpoche since his arrival in
Tibet was that he had built many temples, stupas, prayer
wheels, images of deities and other objects of veneration
and faith. Under the direction of Penor Rinpoche, he is now
planning to build a very grand and magnificent temple within
the monastery premises.
Of the many
remarkable qualities that he possesses, the most striking
quality is his strict and pure observance of all the vows of
a monk. He is thus the embodiment of pure conduct in these