Shangpa Rinpoche is the reincarnation of the First Shangpa Rinpoche,
the latter’s compassionate activities have touched many in Tibet and Nepal. The current Shangpa Rinpoche was recognized as the incarnation of the past Shangpa Rinpoche by His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje. From a young age, he has gone through lots of hardship growing up. When he was 9 years old, he entered the monastic life. At the age of eleven years, he was ordained as a monk by His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa.
Shangpa Rinpoche received the basic monastic training from the previous Dupsing Rinpoche in Jangchub Choeling Monastery and basic education from a local Tibetan school. When he was 17 years old, he attended Higher Buddhist Education at the Central Institute for Higher Tibetan Studies in Varanasi, India.
Later at His holiness 16th Karmapa’s instruction, the young Shangpa Rinpoche was appointed as the head of Jangchub Choeling monastery. Subsequently, with instructions from HH Shamarpa Mipham Chokyi Lodro, Shangpa Rinpoche was appointed as the abbot of Karma Kagyud Buddhist Centre in Singapore.
Throughout the years even until now, Shangpa Rinpoche has worked tirelessly building, rebuilding, improving a number of monasteries internationally such as Jangchub Choeling Monastery in Pokhara, Nepal; Kagyu Institute of Buddhist Studies in Kirtirpur, Nepal; Muktinath Nunnery; Lumbini Temple and Retreat centre in Nepal; Sarangkot Retreat Centre; Manjushree Foundation and Hermitage in Michigan USA; Karma Kagyud Buddhist Centre in Singapore and most recently Kutsab Ternga Monastery in Jomsom, Nepal and a mega project named Dharmakaya Buddha Mandala in Kanhudana of Pokhara, Nepal. Currently the planning and construction of Kutsab Ternga Monastery and Dharmakaya Buddha Mandala are on-going.
Besides these, Shangpa Rinpoche is actively spreading the Buddha Dharma in Singapore, Nepal, Europe and USA, spreading the Karma Kagyu lineage under the guidance of HH 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Trinley Thaye Dorje.
Shangpa Foundation was established on 7th Jan 1994 by Shangpa Rinpoche in Kathmandu, Nepal. The main aim of this foundation is to preserve Buddhist traditions and heritages, provide relief work, assistance and aid to the poor in Nepal, with emphasis in medical and educational aides.
Over the years, this foundation has been providing essential food and medical assistance to the monks and nuns residing in Pokhara, Kathmandu and Mustang.
In the past, we have distributed blankets and other medical supplies to various hospitals in Nepal from time to time. In addition, we are also connected with various welfare homes such as senior homes, HIV Children Homes and Disabled home where we provide assistance in various ways from time to time.
Immediately after the 2015 major earthquake in Nepal, we had visited several affected areas and distributed food supplies and other materials that were helpful to the locals.
Shangpa Foundation has been actively distributing essential food and supplies to the residents in Pokhara and remote areas such as Mustang and Dorpatan several times during the COVID-19 pandemic in the years 2020 and 2021.
We also collaborated with other international welfare groups to bring medical aides into Nepal during pandemic. Recently, China Jade Temple along with a few other non-profit organizations in China and Singapore helped brought in many oxygen concentrators and medical supplies into Nepal.
With the help of Shangpa Foundation, they were distributed to various hospitals in Nepal, which is very crucial in saving many Covid-19 patients’ lives.
We hope to emulate and follow the footsteps of the past Shangpa Rinpoche to assist the poor and people in need to the best of our abilities.
Also, we are taking the steps to uphold and support the monasteries and Sangha that is under the care of