The Biographies
Ven. Somang Rinpoche Biography
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Venerable The 10th Somang Rinpoche, Ngawang Yeshi Palsang

Venerable the 10th Somang Rinpoche was born at the sacred place of Nako, situated on the brink of the great holy site of Sorakshita (also known as "Somang") - one of the eight divine mansions of the dakas and dakinis of the physical mandala of Chakrasamvara, where many celebrated noble beings had descended in the past.

At the age of 11, he was formally recognized by H.E. the 9th Kyabje Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche as the unmistaken reincarnation of the glorious Rigdzin Choedak, a great yogi of Drukpa Kargyu in Kinnaur; and enthroned to the seat of the Somang Rinpoches. The 8th Kyabje Dozong Rinpoche conducted his hair-cutting ceremony and bestowed him with the monastic ordination of novice monk.

He received many profound initiations and transmissions of the Drukpa Kargyu Lineage from the present Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche and the previous Adeu Rinpoche. His other Drukpa Kargyu teachers include the 8th Dorzong Rinpoche and the 9th Khamtrul Rinpoche. He has also learned under various masters such as H.H. Dalai Lama, Geshe Damchoe of Tsenyi Monastery, Togden Trinley Kunkyab of Khampagar. Later, he received the extensive empowerment of Rinchen Terdzo from H.H. Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche and Namkhe Nyingpo Rinpoche.

Following closely the advices of Choegon Rinpoche, he entered The Institute of Buddhist Dialectics in Dharamsala. There, he thoroughly studied the science of Tibetan language and Buddhist sutras and tantras for more than nine years, and obtained the Master's degree in Buddhist Studies and Philosophy.

He is presently residing in Dechen Choekhorling, serving as the President of Dechen Choekhor Monastery, overlooking the operation and administration of the entire monastery, teaches Buddhist philosophy to monks, conducting pujas and performing various sacred rituals. Once every two to three months, he travels to his temple in Nako and other sacred places in the remote Himalayan regions to bestow teachings, initiations and transmissions.

For centuries, the lineage of Somang Rinpoche has been the sublime spiritual guide for the people of Nako and of the various villages in Kinnuar. In the recent years, he has organized a Grand Chakrasamvara Initiation by H.H. Dalai Lama in Nako; renovated the old Nako Monastery and its inner relics; initiated a school for the local community to study Tibetan Buddhism, and is continuously working for the betterment of the practitioners and devotees with great dedication and eagerness.

About Nako Monastery:

Nako Temple is a more than one thousand years-old historical temple, founded in the 11th century by the great translator Rinchen Zangpo. It's located in the Nako Village of Kinnaur. Nako is one of the holiest land in Kinnaur, and is renowned for its Dharma practitioners, where many serious and great practitioners are gather.

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Top: The newly built Nako Monastery; Bottom Left: The thousand-years old ancient Nako Temple; Bottom Right: The newly renovated Nako Temple

For centuries, the Nako Temple has sheltered and brought forth numberless prominent accomplished tantric practitioners. Later, it became the monastery of the Somang lineage. Many non-sectarian high lamas, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama has conducted grand initiations and pujas in this remarkable holy sacred temple.

Read more about the Nako Monastery:

The Nako Preservation Project

The Nako Preservation Project: Wall Painting Conservation

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