The ceremony for formal recognition of the reincarnation of Lopon Tsechu Rinpoche, Jigme Choeying Norbu was held today on 12th July, 2011, corresponding to the 12th Day of the 5th Month of the lunar calendar at Dechenphodrang Monastery, here in the capital city of the Kingdom of Bhutan. The Trulku was born to Mr. Tenzin Namgyel and Mrs. Kunga Choden at Barbesa, Thimphu on 24th June, 2005.
The Trulku was first recognized by His Holiness Trulku Jigme Choedra, the 70th Je Khenpo and later he was also endorsed by the Druk Menjong Trulku Ngoezin Tshogpa, the high level committee for recognition of Trulkus in Bhutan.
At the age of three, Trulku Rinpoche and his family were on pilgrimage to Nepal. While visiting Sangay Choeling Monastery, his former seat in Kathmandu, he revealed many signs showing him to be the reincarnation of the late Rinpoche. To the surprise of his parents and resident monks of the monastery, he recognized his own portrait and portrait of his former master Geshe Sherub Dorji. He also called by name his former attendant Jangchub Samten though they never met before.
Lopon Tsechu Rinpoche was born in Talo Nobgang, Punakha District on 22nd Day of the 9th Month of the Horse Year (1918). As desired by his mother, he became a novice monk at the age of seven. At the age of fifteen, he left for Nepal with his family to meet Geshe Sherub Dorji who was then residing at Dragmar Chonglung, a sacred meditation site of Jetsun Milarepa in northern Nepal. He remained there for five years.
At the age of twenty, he returned to Bhutan to pursue further studies under the guidance of His Eminence Geshe Pema Tshering at Tharpaling Monastery in Bumthang, sponsored by HRH Ashi Wangmo. After completion of his studies in Buddhist philosophy at Tharpaling, he joined and served in various Dratshangs and learnt ritual performances and monastic etiquettes.
After completing his studies in Bhutan, Lopen Tsechu Rinpoche returned to Nepal at the age of twenty five. He was given the charge to look after all the five monasteries of Kyidrong Pangshing Thujechholing Nunnery, a nunnery and a monastery at Tsum in western Nepal, Bekhung nunnery and Bakhang monastery at Yoelmo in eastern Nepal. He had to formally take over full charges of these five monasteries after the Parinirvana of Geshe Sherub Dorji. Lopon Tsechu Rinpoche passed away on the 11th Day of the 4th Month of Water Sheep Year of the lunar calendar (2003) at Bamrungrat Hospital in Bangkok at the age of eighty five.
Apart from looking after the five monasteries, Lopen Tsechu Rinpoche contributed significantly toward propagation of the Buddha Dharma in Nepal. He also played a vital role in deepening the spiritual ties between the Kingdom of Bhutan and Nepal.
On this special occasion of formal recognition of the Trulku here in the capital city of Bhutan, representatives from the five Dratshangs and family members of the late Rinpoche came from Nepal to join thousands of Bhutanese well-wishers to offer Mendrel Kusung Thugten.
The Royal Government and Zhung Dratshang of Bhutan have graciously rendered all possible help and assistance in making this special occasion very successful. We are extremely grateful and would like to extend our sincere gratitude. We would also like to thank all well wishers who came to offer scarf and joined us to celebrate this historical moment.
July 12, 2011