6-days Bali Retreat

Biography of
Rabsang Tulku Rinpoche


teachers-8Rabsang Tulku Rinpoche is the reincarnation of Drubwang Rabsang Rinpoche who was born in a nomad's family in Traga district of Tibet, and ordained as Konchok Rabsang. As a young monk, the late Drubwang Rabsang Rinpoche learnt Tibetan and various texts and rituals. He received various transmissions and empowerments of the Drikung lineage from the two Drigung Kyabgons, Chuntsang Rinpoche Chokyi Lodro and Chetsang Rinpoche Zhiwe Lodro. He also received the 5 Limbs of Mahamudra and 6 Yogas of Naropa from the retreat master of Drikung Thil Monastery, Drubwang Triyin Osel, and went into a strict retreat. From his teacher Tulku Jamyang Wangje, he also received teachings and was given the transmissions and empowerments of 13 classics as well as the Longchen Nyingthig. 


Drubwang Rabsang Rinpoche then went again into a long retreat with the practice of Mahamudra and also the profound path of perfection and attained great realisation. Many tulkus of that time made the journey to see him to receive the instructions on the profound path of perfection. When he passed on at the age of 70, Drubwang Rabsang Rinpoche's body shrank tremendously. When his body was finally laid to rest in the mountains, it reduced itself to nothing but hair and nails, an evident sign that he had achieved the rainbow light body.


The current reincarnation, Rabsang Tulku Rinpoche, Konchok Trichin Rabsel, was born in 1973, the Water Ox year in a village in Tashi Jung, near the Drikung Thil Monastery. His father Konchok Tashi and mother Laisang saw various auspicious signs during his birth.  Since he was a young child, Rabsang Tulku was always very compassionate to all animals, and very devoted to the Dharma. He was always asking his parents to visit the monasteries. Therefore, his parents brought him before the great Drubwang Pachung Rinpoche who told them that this child had a very meritorious and virtuous connection, and whose wisdom would manifest in the future once he had received monastic ordination. Hence, Rabsang Tulku was ordained at Drikung Thil Monastery under Pachung Rinpoche, and was named Konchok Trichin. There, he began intensive studies of various teachings and rituals and subsequently visited H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama and as well as the 2 Drikung Kyabgons. He had also studied Sutra and Tantra at the Drikung Institute and Thrangu Institute.


In 1999, during the Snake Year Drikung Prayer Festival, Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche recognised Rabsang Tulku as the reincarnation of Drubwang Rabsang Rinpoche and named him Konchok Gyurmin Rabsel. He was also enthroned then. Since then, Rabsang Tulku Rinpoche has received many teachings, transmissions and empowerments from the 2 Drikung Kyabgons, H.E. Garchen Rinpoche, Thrangu Rinpoche and many other great teachers. Rabsang Tulku Rinpoche currently resides in Rinchenling Monastery, propagating the Dharma and ceaselessly engaging in his practices and studies.