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                       Introduction of Hungkar Dorje Rinpoche

 

hungkar5Tulku Hungkar Dorje was born in Golog in Amdo and is known to be the rebirth of the great Nyingma master Do Khyentse. Since he was a child, he has studied under his father, Orgyen Kusum Lingpa, and other lamas, various branches of knowledge and the Buddhist teachings of all Tibetan schools. He is presently the abbot of Lung Ngön Monastery in Golog, which is quite well known in east Tibet as a major monastery where about a thousand monks receive teachings, study, and practice. Tulku Hungkar Dorje teaches the Buddhist sutras and tantras in many areas of Tibet and also travels to other countries where he has numerous pupils His teachings focus particularly on kindness and compassion and he is a heartfelt advocate for vegetarianism and non-violence, and believes it is important to educate people on such subjects as harmony amongst humanity.

He has established the first nunnery in Golog history, in which over a hundred nuns have excellent opportunities for study and practice and he hopes to be able to provide a home for many more nuns who do not have a suitable place to live. The standard of education being very poor in this region, Rinpoche has founded a multi-disciplinary technical school with the capacity to provide free education for a thousand students. The actual buildings have been completed to a high standard and presently there are few hundred students studying there.

Rinpoche has arranged the free distribution of food and clothes a number of times each year to hundreds of monks, nuns, the poor, and aged who are in need, and also the free distribution of medicine, which has been received by thousands of lay people. He is concerned not only with the welfare of humans, but also of all animals. He has succeeded in having an increasing number of people in Tibet and elsewhere gives up hunting and selling meat and skins and has established a regular series of ransoming and saving ever-greater numbers of animals. Hungkar Dorje says that as he considers himself to be a philanthropist and educator, it is his voluntary responsibility to find ways to genuinely help people. In particular, he feels that he should take responsibility and the initiative for the welfare of his own homeland in response to the conditions there.

These have proved to be not just words, for he is generally perceived to be a dedicated philanthropist that has accomplished evident beneficial results for the people of his home region and all over Tibet.