Trulshik Adeu Rinpoche

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'khrul zhig a lde'u rin po che

H.E. the 8th Trulshik Adeu Rinpoche

Short Biography

Head lama of Nangchen Tsechu Gompa. A major living master of the Drukpa Kagyu and Nyingma lineages. Resides currently at Nangchen Tsechu Gompa in Kham.

Adeu Rinpoche in Beijing

'The current Eighth Adeu Rinpoche was born on the 4th day of the Tibetan 12th month in the fifteen cycle of Iron Horse year, in the middle of a freezing winter. As the 16th Karmapa and the Eighth Choegon Rinpoche recognized the child as the authentic reincarnation of the Seventh Adeu Rinpoche, he was taken to Tsechu Gompa for enthronement at the age of seven. Right after this, he began his traditional education in writing, calligraphy, poetry, astrology, mandala painting, spiritual practice and text recitation. At the same time, the young Adeu Rinpoche also received many teachings, Tantra and oral pith-instructions based on the old and new traditions but primarily on the Drukpa lineage from the Eighth Choegon Rinpoche, Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche and many other great masters. Right after this, Rinpoche entered into a seven-year retreat, when he carried out many spiritual practices based on different deities and on the skilful trainings of the prana and bindu, such as the Six Yogas of Naropa and the liberating Mahamudra mind-training practices. He was also learning philosophy. Adeu Rinpoche later wrote a precise commentary on the three groups of precepts, the root of heart-essence of Nyingmapa lineage, and on the various mandala deities.

In 1958, all the sacred texts, statues and precious objects were completely destroyed, and Rinpoche was imprisoned for fifteen years. Although Adeu Rinpoche suffered a great deal, the period in prison gave him an opportunity to meet many accomplished masters who were also trapped in the prison. Through these masters, he received instructions on Dzogchen (the Great Perfection), and under their guidance, he practiced rare and precious listening lineage (Nyengyud) of the Nyingmapa school, and studied the various Nyingmapa terma teachings.

Adeu Rinpoche is an extremely important master of the Drukpa lineage, especially after the Cultural Revolution, when many great Drukpa lineage masters had passed away. In the present time whereby teachings of the Drukpa lineage have gone almost into extinction, Adeu Rinpoche is the only remaining lineage holder of the Khampa tradition of the Drukpa lineage.

At the end of 1980, Adeu Rinpoche went to Tashi Jong in India to pass on the entire lineage of the Khampa Drukpa tradition to the present Khamtrul Rinpoche Shedrub Nyima, Choegon Rinpoche Chokyi Sengye and many other great reincarnate masters of the Drukpa lineage.

In the beginning of 1990, Adeu Rinpoche also gave a complete initiation of the Drukpa lineage to the local reincarnate masters in Nangchen. About 51 reincarnate tulkus and 1,600 monks and nuns were present to receive the initiation and oral transmission. In this way, Adeu Rinpoche became the main lineage master of the Khampa Drukpa tradition for all the Drukpa tulkus. Thereafter, Adeu Rinpoche went to Bhutan and exchanged initiations with Je Khenpo, Jigme Chodrak Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and many other enlightened masters, thus becoming a representative of the Drukpa lineage.

At present, Adeu Rinpoche has undertaken the responsibility to restore Tsechu Gompa, and at the same time to collect, correct and edit all the Drukpa teachings, Tantras and practices. Once this colossal project is completed, Adeu Rinpoche will print these in the traditional format and distribute them to all the Drukpa monasteries, for the benefit of the current and future practitioners and to prevent the loss of the teachings of the glorious Drukpa lineage.

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Publications in English

Main Monasteries

Tsechu Gompa

External Links

(Further information about Adeu Rinpoche's previous incarnations is also found at this website)

  • Adeu Rinpoche, Tsechu Gompa and the Chokling Tersar [1]