At a young age Tulku Orgyen P’huntsok was recognized by H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche as the reincarnation of Togden Kunzang Longdrol, or Togden Sithar, a great Dzogchen yogi from the Powo region who had been a main disciple of his, and who had been influential in spreading the Dharma, both in Tibet and in Padmasambhava’s sacred Hidden Land of upper and lower Pemaköd.
Tulku Orgyen P’huntsok spent his early years in retreat in Pemaköd, his birthplace in northeastern India, at his own monastery under the blessings of his first root teacher, the great master Tulku Dawa Rinpoche. Tulku underwent vigorous training in multiple fields of study, including various ritual sadhana performances from different treasure lineages, with an emphasis on the Dudjom Tersar lineage, all under excellent care of his previous incarnation’s disciples, including his father Lama Rigzin P’huntsok.
At the age of 15, Tulku Orgyen P’huntsok commenced advanced studies in southern India at Namdroling monastery, the largest Nyingma monastery in India established by H.H. Penor Rinpoche, the previous Supreme Head of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. Here Tulku completed a nine-year-long program of study, obtaining the degree of Khenpo with excellent marks. While studying for his Khenpo degree he was appointed to a teaching position for the duration of his final three years at the monastery. During this time, he taught various Buddhist philosophies to monks. Over the course of his nine years of study, he also received empowerments and transmissions from a number of lineage holders and great masters of the Nyingma lineage, including H.H. Penor Rinpoche. Upon completion of advanced studies at Namdroling monastery, Tulku Orgyen returned to his retreat land in Pemaköd, where he engaged in solitary retreat and completed the requisite practices to become a qualified Vajra Master in this lineage.
Since late 1999, Tulku Orgyen P’huntsok has assisted his uncle and teacher, Bhakha Tulku Rinpoche, by giving teachings, leading practices and retreats, and undertaking various other Dharma activities at Vairotsana Foundation Centers in California and New Mexico and in various cities in North America and Asia. In order to gain a western education and perspective, Tulku Orgyen studied and guest lectured at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Currently, Tulku Orgyen P’huntsok splits his time between North America and Asia, spending winters in Pemaköd, where he oversees reconstruction of the temple and engages in solitary retreat. Tulku also guides and gives empowerment to long-time retreatants on his land when he is there, as well as to lay people from the surrounding villages. For the last several years, in particular, he has been immersed in the supervision of construction of the Zangdokpalri temple and its surrounding facilities’ for the sake of present and future Dharma practitioners in Pemaköd. When in India, Tulku Orgyen travels widely, giving teachings and empowerments in various Tibetan communities in north east India under the guidance and auspices of H.H. Dalai Lama. When in the United States, Tulku Orgyen is the resident teacher and director of Vairotsana Foundation Santa Barbara and head of the Pemaköd Project, through which he fulfills his aspirations for renewal projects in the Hidden Land, Pemaköd, for the benefit of all sentient beings.
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