Tana Dungsey Rinpoche
The Venerable Tana Dungsey Rinpoche is head of the Kagyu Tana Yelpa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He is the present Abbot and lineage holder of Tana Monastery in India and other Buddhist teaching organizations. Tana Dungsey Rinpoche is also the current holder of the lineage of Dramze Hungkara, an unbroken family lineage of over 1200 years from the time of Guru Rinpoche.
He was born into the Hung Kara Saint lineage in 1974. (Hung Kara was one of the teachers of Guru Rinpoche in the 8th century.) Tana Dungsey Rinpoche is the son of the revered Tana Tulku Rinpoche. In the Tana tradition, the offspring of a great teacher is often recognized as the future Tana Yelpa lineage holder. Not long after Rinpoche was born, the late 16th Karmapa recognized him as the next Tana Tulku and gave him the name Karma Ngawang Chokyi Wangchuk Palsangpo.
Preparation for a future role, as the Tana Yelpa Lineage holder, requires extensive education and training. Rinpoche began learning Buddhist texts in his childhood, and he received rigorous instructions throughout his early years. Later he studied Buddhist philosophy at Karma Shri Nalanda Institute in Rumtek and Nyagyur Nyingma Institute in Namdroling. In 2011, Rinpoche entered the traditional three-year retreat at the Ting Zin Gephel Ling Centre in Sherabling, India, under the guidance of Tai Situpa Rinpoche. He finished this retreat in 2014.
After the passing of his father, Tana Dungsey Rinpoche was given the responsibility to be the head of the Tana Lineage and to oversee the Tana Monastery in India.
In addition to the Tana Monastery in India, Rinpoche is also head of the Tana Dharma Society Centre in Malaysia, a dharma center in Nepal, and he has additional activities at present in the United States (in Colorado and New York).
Tana Dungsey Rinpoche is highly revered for his wisdom and his tireless attention to thousands of people in the refugee communities in India. Recently, Tsoknyi Rinpoche (www.tsoknyirinpoche.org) recognized Tana Rinpoche as having important abilities and qualities for teaching students in the West. As a result, Tsoknyi Rinpoche requested that Tana Dungsey Rinpoche teach in the U.S. Tsoknyi Rinpoche has played an instrumental role in founding the Tana Yelpa Foundation in the U.S. to benefit dharma students with teachings from this important lineage.