The Abbot, Ngawang Tenzin Jangpo
Lama Gulu founded Tengboche monastery in 1916 and passed away after the big earthquake in 1934. In 1935, the same as day the Dalai Lama
was born, a Tibetan family from Namche Bazaar had a son. When this boy was still very small, he insisted he had a home and possessions
in Tengboche. His family went to visit Zatrul Ngawang Tenzin Norbu, a
high lama at Rongbuk Monastery on the Tibetan side of Everest. He
recognized the young boy as the Tulku, or reincarnation, of Lama
Gulu. He was given the name Ngawang Tenzin Jangpo and is known as
After the family had returned to Namche the monks from Tengboche came with possessions of Lama Gulu mixed together with other monks'
possessions. Without hesitation, the boy picked out everything that
had belonged to the previous lama. He was accepted as the true
incarnation. He then undertook years of rigorous study and training
and spent a long time in Tibet studying with the great masters there.
In 1956, he returned to Tengboche as the Abbot of the monastery. He
makes sure that ceremonies are conducted at the appropriate times,
supervises the running of the monastery and oversees the education of
the monks at Tengboche.
Tengboche Rinpoche starts the day early in the morning with hours of
prayer and meditation. After 9am, his doors are open to a constant
stream of people: Sherpas and tourists, who wish to see him. He will
name children, conduct funeral ceremonies, bless marriages, houses
and land. Throughout the day, he is involved in prayer and activities
that help others. In the evening, he again spends many hours in
private meditation. Tengboche Rinpoche is involved in all aspects of
the Sherpa community and actively promotes environmental
conservation. His life is a constant offering to others.
Tengboche Rinpoche has had to completely rebuild the monastery. He is also consulted on matters to do with Buddhism throughout Nepal. He
has been involved in many organizations, including the Lumbini
Development Trust, which is creating a zone of peace at the
birthplace of Buddha Sakyamuni. The King and Prime Minister
acknowledge Rinpoche's contribution to the promotion of peace and
harmony in Nepal. Rinpoche has also been invited abroad and
occasionally travels different countries, including Japan and
America. His advice is sought on all matters secular, medical,
mundane and political as well as spiritual. It is universally hoped
that Rinpoche's activities will continue to flourish.
'The wide expance of spiritual realisation, the true condition of the mind,
is like the sky, like space, without center, without edge, without goal. It has no limit and no boundary'
--Shabkar, 18th Century Tibetan Yogi.