About H.E. Dagyab Kyabgoen Loden Sherab Rinpoche
His Eminence Dagyab Kyabgoen Rinpoche belongs to the Gelug tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. The Dagyab Kyabgoens have been the spiritual head of the Dagyab region in Eastern Tibet, and carrys the title Hothogthu Nomonhan (‘Hothogthu’ means noble, ‘Nomonhan’ refers to the King of Dharma). This title is exclusive to a group of most outstanding and highest-ranking Lamas.
was born on 27th July 1940 in Menya, Eastern Tibet. In 1945, Rinpoche
was recognized as the reincarnation of the 9th Kyabgoen of Dagyab
(Patron of Dagyab). Rinpoche studied at the Drepung monastery, one of
the 3 main monastic universities in Central Tibet and has also achieved
the title of Geshe Lharampa (a qualification which is equivalent to the
PHD degree in Indian universities), the highest degree awarded in
Turning the Wheel of Dharma
In 1966, Rinpoche was invited by the University of Bonn to
Germany, and became a research scientist in the field of Tibetan
studies at the University. After several requests from people in Germany
for Buddhist teachings, Rinpoche started to give teachings in the
Europe, which led to the founding of Tibethouse in
1984. Rinpoche is also the Spiritual Head of Tibethouse Germany since 2005. Rinpoche travels to many parts of the world to give Dharma
teachings, and is especially known in the West for his
practise-oriented, intensive and enthusiastic way of teaching Tantra.
Rinpoche has since given Dharma teachings in many parts of the world
including Holland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Brazil, America,
Singapore, Malaysia, India and Tibet. In his teachings, he emphasizes
the importance of practicing the Buddha Dharma in a simple way without
cultural bias and he greatly encourages his students to integrate
Buddhist practice into daily life. He teaches in the Tibetan, English
and German language.
is known to hold the most transmissions of the Gelugpa lineage, as well
as a vast number of transmissions of the Sakya and Kagyu schools.
Rinpoche himself received many teachings from different Tibetan Buddhist
traditions, particularly from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his two Tutors, as well as His Holiness Sakya Trizin and Kalu Rinpoche. He was also one of the closest students of the late Kyabje Trijiang Rinpoche,
the junior tutor to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Rinpoche is a one of
the rare living Masters today who holds almost all the transmissions and
lineages of Tibetan Buddhism.
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H.E. Dagyab Kyabgoen Rinpoche & the Protector Setrap
Dagyab Rinpoche is especially connected to Protector Setrap due to his
line of reincarnation. The Dharma Protector Setrap is a manifestation of
Buddha Amitabha in wrathful form, and resides in the Western Pure Realm
is a legendary history attached to Protector Setrap - when the Great
Translator Ngog Lotsawa Loden Sherab (1059-1109) was in India and about
to return to Tibet to introduce the Prajnaparamita and Pramanavartika
teachings, he was approached by a Brahmin from Nalanda who claimed to be
the special protector of these dharma teachings. After detailed
examination, Loden Sherab recognized his authenticity and brought him to
Tibet, and ever since, Setrap has been the special Dharma Protector
wherever Prajnaparamita and Pramanavartik is being taught.
Setrap became the protector of the Dagyab region in eastern Tibet, and
is also the special protector of Menya; coincidentally, this is where
Rinpoche was born. Since all Dagyab Kyabgoen Rinpoches are also
considered to be reincarnations of the Great Translator Ngog Lotsawa
Loden Sherab himself, Rinpoche is considered to have a very special
connection with Protector Setrap not only in this life, but in all past
lifetimes as well.