The Fifth Khedrup – Ugyen Tenzin Thinley Lhendrup

Monla Khedrup Rinpoche Ugyen Tenzin Thinley Lhendup (also referred to as Khedrupchen Rinpoche) was recognized and enthroned as the Fifth successive reincarnation of Kyabgon Khedrupchen Jigme Kundrol who was an illustrious heart son of Rigzin Jigme Lingpa.

Read a detailed account on Rinpoche’s lineage and previous incarnations here.

Rinpoche graduated from Ngagyur Nyingma College, Dehradun, India in 2014. Even before the completion of his studies, the Rephel Mindrol Lhakhang monastery in Trongsa was offered to him by the local community as it was on the verge of collapsing and the community had no means of supporting it.

Since then Rinpoche has been taking full responsibility of the monastery and renamed it Sangchen Ogyen Tsuklag Monastery, recognizing its historical importance.

He has been working tirelessly to uphold this historical monastery founded by Monmo Tashi Khyidren, the Bhutanese consort of Guru Rinpoche.

Birth & Early Childhood

Monla Khedrup Rinpoche was born in the year 1990 to Yum Tshewang Paldron & Yab Tenzin Dorji on the full moon day of the third month to humble parents in Shingkhar Lauri, Samdrup Jongkhar in Bhutan. Rinpoche’s birth was accompanied by many miraculous signs such as circular rainbows forming atop the house of his parents, the water in the house turning milkish, light rain resembling flowers and a unique multi-colored flower that no one had seen before blooming from the cracks of the house as well as right outside the door.

Yum Tshewang Paldron recalls that the 4th Khedrupchen Rinpoche, who was a Yogi and wanderer prophesized that he would be reborn as her son. When the 4th Khedrup was wandering through different places doing his practices during the final years of his life, Mayumla was a young girl, no more than 13 years of age who feeling devotion for the 4th Khedrup chose to serve him by bringing him food, washing his clothes and carrying his things for him. It was due to her compassion and devotion that the 4th Khedrup left this prophecy.

From a young age, Rinpoche demonstrated unexcelled intelligence and a deep interest in the Buddha dharma. As he began talking, Rinpoche recalled his past lives with vivid clarity and asked to be taken to the places where previous Khedrup’s had lived and meditated. As soon as he was able to walk, he would pack up his things into a small bag and leave the house. Mayum Tshewang Paldon never thought much about it until later when he was recognized as the reincarnation of a great wanderer-yogi.

As he was growing up in the village, Rinpoche continued to demonstrate that he was no ordinary being. Through various incidents, Rinpoche has left miraculous signs such as his footprint & hand print on the rocks which has become a site of worship for the villagers.

For details on Rinpoche’s education, recognition & enthronement, click here.