Remarks:It is usually to add a pre title "Hutuketu" after Gangkar in Chinese. "Hutuketu" is a Mongolian transliteration which means Sage. The Tibetan transliteration is "Xutugtu" meaning Emanation.
According to the rectification made by the previous Gangkar Rinpoche, the present Gangkar Rinpoche should be the 10th incarnation. According to the rectification made by the previous Gangkar Rinpoche, the present Gangkar Rinpoche should be the 10th incarnation.
The first Gangkar Rinpoche Jabapa was born in Kasatsa, Kham. He studied under Lama Baje, then became a disciple of the second Karmapa Parshi. He built a cottage at the top of Gangkar Mountain and practiced there very hardly. He was proclaimed emanation of Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara. He built the Gangkar Monastery in 1285.
The 2nd Gangkar Rinpoche Masadenpa was born in 1312. He was one of the five great scholars of Minya. He built the new Gangkar Mmonastery (including a new Shedra now) in 1341.
The 3rd Gangkar Rinpoche Karma Chokyi Woje was born in the 14th century.
The 4th Gangkar Rinpoche Karma Gangkarpa
The 5th Gangkar Rinpoche Karma Desen
The 6th Gangkar Rinpoche Karma Changchub Tenzin
The 7th Gangkar Rinpoche Karma Jigme was a disciple of the 13th Karmapa Dudul Dorje.
The 8th Gangkar Rinpoche Karma Tsering Gonpo was born in Minya. He was a disciple of the 9th Kenting Tai Situpa Pema Nyingche Wangpo. He ever had the vision of Three Roots (Guru, Yidam and Dakini) without any difference. He also wrote the three hrihs (Oh, Ah, Hung) on a hard rock with his finger which still can be seen today.
The 9th Gangkar Rinpoche Karma Chokyi Senge was born in Minya in 1893. On the day of his birth, the entire region witnessed two suns in the sky. Only few days later, he was recognized the incarnation of the 7th Gangkar Rinpoche by the fifth Karmapa. At the age of 3 years, he was enthroned in his monastery. He was a very famous scholar and master, and followed by many disciples. He taught meditation and bestowed empowerments to the 16th Karmapa. He also tonsured the first Boker Rinpoche.
Ven. the Present 10th Bo Gangkar Rinpoche
The 10th Bo Gangkar Rinpoche was born to a Tibetan family in Nepal. He was first in child order and he has one younger sister and one younger brother.
When he was only 1 Year and six months old, his family went for pilgrimage to buddhist sites in india. first they went to Bodhgaya, to attend the Great Kalachakra initiation being given by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the spiritual and temporal leader. The Dalai Lama gave a audience to people, from the crowd he advised Gangkar Rinpoche's mother to keep her child very clean, and offered him an auspicious scarf.
After visiting Lumbini, where the Buddha Sakyamuni gave his first teaching, they left for Tso-Pema in the state of Himachal Pradesh, Northern India, Tso-Pema is a sacred lake where Guru Rinpoche once transformed a burning pyre into a lake.
During that time Kenting Tai Situpa realized, through his sacred foresight, that the rebirth of Bo Gangkar Rinpoche had occurred and that he lived in either Sikkim or Tso-Pema. He sent out a search party headed by Lama Tobchu and two elder Lamas from Palpung Sherabling.
They arrived at Palpung Sherabling where the Kenting Tai Situpa blessed the boy with holy water for 10 days, and he was given the name of Karma Lungtok Tenpai Gyaltsen. His family left him at Palpung Sherabling monastery and return back to their home in Sikkim.
The venerable Bo Gangkar Rinpoche Karma Lungtok Tenpai Gyaltsen began his training aged 7 and studied under several Lamas.
Bo Gangkar Rinpoche had a personal audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama during which His Holiness performed the hair-cutting ceremony giving the name Tenzin Jigme Chodrak, and taught profoundly from the Tantras, and also his personal account of the life of the previous Bo Gangkar Rinpoche - Shedrup Chokyi Senge. His Holiness then presented him with a special protection amulet and scarf.
He was enthroned in a grand ceremony in Palpung Sherabling by the Kenting Tai Situpa that was attended by tulkus from Nepal and other areas. A ceremony of that was repeated by popular request when he traveled to the seat of Gyaltsab Rinpoche at Mirik to receive the Kagyu Ngadzo collection of empowerments. There Gyaltsab Rinpoche together with Bokar Rinpoche and Kalu Rinpoche repeated the enthronement ceremony which was a cause for great celebrations throughout the region.
Bo Gangkar Rinpoche got chance to visit his own monasteries: Bo Gangkar and Kham Sudra monastery, (which contains the relics of his prevous incarnation) where he was received amidst great joy and celebrations by thousands of people of all lineages who had gathered to see him from near and far. Upon his arrival and during his stay there were many auspicious signs and events such as many suns in the sky, rainbows on cloudless days, rains of snow-flowers, and a snow-leopard that circumambulated his throne.
Gangkar Rinpoche bestowed the Tsepamay empowerment for the long life of everyone, gave teachings, advice, and established a monastic university. During his two month visit he inspired great faith and great joy, and when he departed there was much crying and entreating for him to return soon.
On his return journey he was fortunate to receive an audience with His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa in Tsurphu monastery near to Lhasa, and upon arrival in India he made a short pilgrimage to Buddhist holy sites. After studied in Sherabling Institute for some months, he joined the learning with the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa to receive teachings of Kagyu lineage from many Rinpoches in Dhalamsala.
Bo Gangkar Rinpoche took part in the traditional 3 year retreat at Palpung Sherabling and completed the retreat.
Bo Gangkar Rinpoche was invited to Taiwan at the request of disciples of his previous incarnation, and three Dharma centers were established by his disciples very soon after his visit.