His Eminence Kyabje Dorje Chang Luding Khenchen Jamyang Tenpei Nyima Rinpoche is one of the most highly respected and learned teachers of the Sakya tradtion and of Tibetan Buddhism at large. It is believed that H.E Luding Khenchen Rinpoche is an emanation of Vajrapani. His Eminence is the Head of the Ngor Lineage, one of the two sub-sects of the Sakya tradition. He was born to the clan of Shang, Sharchen or Ludingpa, which is renowned for producing great scholars and siddhas.
At the age of ten, according to the Luding lineage, H.E Luding Khenchen Rinpoche was ordained as a monk by his uncle and root Guru, the most gracious Khenchen Sharchen Jamyang Thupten Lungtok Gyaltsen Palsangpo. His Eminence then spent all his time learning and receiving instructions on Lamdre, The Seven Mandalas of Ngor tradition, The Thirteen Golden Dharmas and countless other initiations and teachings. His Eminence stayed on innumerable major and minor retreats, practicing almost all the deities of the Sakya and the Ngor traditions. At the age of seventeen, His Eminence stayed on a three-and-half year continuous retreat, practicing mainly on the sadhana of Hevajra and other major deities.
At the age of 24 in 1954, His Eminence was enthroned as the 75th abbot of Ngor Ewan Chodan Monastery. The position of the Head Abbot of Ngor was traditionally held for a 3-year period, in which extensive teachings are given, almost non-stop, of which Lamdre and the Seven Mandalas of the Ngor were the main teachings. Normally the 3-year period as head abbot of Ngor monastery alternates between its four Ngor Houses (Ladrangs), Luding, Khangsar, Thartse and Phende. After the year of 1959, the Ngor Lineage was continued by the Ngor Abbot H.E Luding Khenchen Rinpoche in India. His Eminence has effectively lead and maintained the Ngor School up to 16th March 2000, when he handed the Abbotship to his nephew H.E Luding Khen Rinpoche (current abbot of Ngor Monastery read more).
In 1959 His Eminence arrived in Darjeeling, India, close to the Indo-Tibetan border and in 1961 he propagated the Ngor Lineage in Gangtok, Sikkim. In 1978 until the present day H.E Luding Khenchen Rinpoche established the Ngor Ewam Choden Monastery, a Sub-sect of the Sakya Tradition, in northern India where His Eminence has been residing for the last 25 years.
His Eminence has contributed greatly to the Buddhadharma by bestowing extensive Dharma teachings, empowerments, oral transmissions and re-establishing summer retreats in almost all of the Sakya Monasteries in India, Nepal and other Sakya centres around the world. He has given the precious Lam Dre teachings both common and uncommon 15 times, a countless number of initiations and teachings on the Thirteen Golden Dharmas of the Sakya tradition, the Seven Mandalas of the Ngor tradition, and major and minor deities of the Sakya and Ngor traditions.