Tulku Ngawang Lapsum Rinpoche



Tulku Ngawang  Tenzin Lama was born on 29th September 1968 to Ang  Chote Sherpa and Tsering Bhuti Sherpa in Khandro Rolwaling  in Eastern part of Nepal. He was recognized as the reincarnation of great yogi lama Ngudup Dorjee Rinpoche of Thamey Monastery by His Holiness Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche, at the age of 3. Then he was enthroned in Thame Monastery  by His Holiness Tulku Ngawang Shedrup Rinpoche and other great teachers of Thame and Rolwaling monastery. 

He received primary education in Tibetan language from Tulku Ngawang Shedrup and other teacher Dakpa Gyaltsen and Ngawang Nyendak. At the age of 7 he received oral transmission and empowerment of Dam-Ngag-dzo( the treasurer of Sutra and Tantra) from His Holiness Khentse Rinpoche. He received empowerment of Chang-ter Dupkhor Nam-sum( set of Sadhanas of the Northern Treasures), Phurpa ( Varjra Kilaya) and Sheto-Ngedon-Nyingpo from Tulku Mangten.

At the age of 17 (in 1984) he received explanation of preliminary practice of Thukzhe-Chenpo-Dhe-kun, Nyingthik Zhou-Thuk-Zhe-Chenpo, Phowa, Lung(oral transmission) and Cheo from His Holiness Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche.

At the age of 10 he took Upasaka’s vows (lay practioner vows), at the age of 21 he took novice vow from His Holiness Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche, after he was given name Ngawang Labsum and he also received empowerment of Rinchen Terdzod( Treasury of Terma Teachings), Nyingma Karma( the long oral lineage of the Nyingmapas) and Ku-Sung-Thug-Thik from His Holiness Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche.

From 1987 to 2005 he received empowerment and oral transmissions of Chang-Ter-Choekhar (whole Teaching of Northern Treasures); Gong-Pa-Zang–Thal (of Unimpeded Realization); and Rinchen Terdzod(Treasury of Terma Teaching) from  His Holiness Tsetul Rinpoche.

In between (1991-2006) he received empowerment and oral transmission of Rinchen Terdzod(Treasury of Terma Teaching), Mipham-ka-Bhum( the collection of Mipham Rinpoche), Nyingthig-Tsa-Sum(three roots of Nyingthig), empowerment of Reling Gurdak, Phurba (Vajrakilaya), Tsedup(essence of long life) and Thukdup-Yangnying-Duepa(the  very essence of mind sadhanas) from His Holiness Druwang Padma Nurbu Rinpoche. He also received whole teaching of Rigzin Jatson Nyingpo and explanation of preliminaries of Zokchen Sang- Gye-Lakchang three times.

In 1992 he was admitted to Namdroling Nyingma Buddhist High Institute in South India( Karnataka state) and he studied nine years course, graduated High secondary in year 1998, Bachelor of Buddhist Philosophy in year 2001 and Master of Budhhist Philosophy in year 2004 with blessing and successful certificate of completion  from His Holiness Druwang Padma Norbu Rinpoche.

From 2006 to 2009 he did 3 years retreats of Nyingthik-tsa-sum(of three roots of Nyingthik lineage) and Nam-Choe-Tsa-Sum at Samten Osel Ling retreat centre of Namdroling Monastery. He received empowerments and oral transmission of Nam-choe from His Holiness Thupten Palsang Rinpoche, and also received circle of the teaching of Lha-Tsun-Namkha-Dhe-Mey from His Holiness Yangthang Rinpoche.

He received oral transmission of Ngal-Soh-Kor-Sum( Trilogy of Natural Ease of Longchen Rabjam) from Nyoshul Khenpo and he received oral transmission of Rinchen Terdzod ( treasury of Term teaching) from Tulku Rigzing Pema.

He received empowerment of Ter-sar (New Treasure) from His Holiness Difuk Rinpoche. Also he received Krem- Mehnga( Pith Instruction on the Generation Stage practice) and Kun-zang-lame-lung( the words of my perfect teacher) from Khenpo Pema Sherab.

In 2009 he was enthroned as Rinpoche of Khandro Rolwaling( Hidden Valley of Guru Padhmasambhawa) in eastern part of Nepal as he consent to be the head lama of Rolwaling village for the benefit and well-being of the people.

In 2011 he established Monastery school under the administration of Sangag Choling Monastery to give education to the children of the Rolwaling village and he has great thought to preserve culture and tradition of Buddha Dharma which is being followed from their forefathers’ time. He has also been giving guidance to monk and people of the Thamey village, Solukhumbu.