Fourth Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche

The Fourth Jamgön Kongtrül Rinpoche

THE FOURTH JAMGON KONGTRUL RINPOCHE was born in the wood pig year in Central Tibet on the 26th of November 1995. His birth was prophesied by The Seventeenth Karmapa, Ögyen Trinley Dorje, who also recognised, confirmed the authenticity of his incarnation, and proclaimed it to the world!

The prophecy, the search, and the recognition of His Eminence the Fourth Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche are told in the book E MA HO! published by the Jamgon Kongtrul Labrang and can be obtained from Pullahari Monastery and viewed on

Today, His Eminence spends time between Kagyu Tekchen Ling and Pullahari Monastery, the monastic seats in India and Nepal founded by the Third Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche. Jamgon Kongtrul Labrang is prioritising His Eminence’s studies, training, and the receiving transmissions from the Lineage Masters at this time. Though still young in years, His Eminence has started to assume responsibilities of the activities of his predecessors. Annually, he also graces his presence at the Kagyu Monlam in Bodhgaya, India, led by His Holiness the Seventeenth Gyalwa Karmapa, and leads the Kagyu Monlam in Kathmandu, Nepal.

At Pullahari Monastery, His Eminence grants daily audiences between 10.30am and 11.30am (except on Wednesdays).



By His Holiness the Seventeenth Gyalwa Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

Om Swasti! The one whom the Glorious One’s flawless prophecy foretold would accomplish the enlightened activity of all the Victorious Ones, and to whom the great emperors of China paid homage by calling him “Rasuso Huwang, King of the Precious Dharma” is Karmapa, Ogyen Drodul Trinley Dorje. This proclamation is his.

To the people of the world, particularly to those residing in Tibet, Great China, India, Sikkim, Bhutan, Nepal, Hongkong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Switzerland, Singapore, Japan, America, and others; to the people of these great lands, to lamas, tulkus, laymen and women of every station, I offer this to you.

In this world, the sole source of happiness and benefit is the precious teachings of the perfect Buddha. That these teachings remain, flourish, and spread depends solely upon those who are capable of upholding them. In the lands of India and Tibet, many great beings holding high the incomparable blazing white parasol of the doctrine have come, and continue to come. The greatest of all of them is the one who, in this age of strife, performs enlightened activity that is truly miraculous – he is like the moon, the lord of the stars, who alone amongst the midst of luminaries is able to emit the cooling light. As the Victorious One, son of Shuddodanah, said in the Samadhi Raja Sutra, “The One who will perfectly benefit sentient beings will be called ‘Lodro Thaye’. This is my prophecy.”

The third incarnation of this great being, whose coming was foretold in the Victorious One’s flawless prophecy, was without rival in the entire Land of Snow. He was lord of the completely perfect teachings; like a wish-fulfilling jewel, he dispelled the inner torments of all beings. He was the crown ornament of the lineage upholding the definitive meaning, the Karma Kamtsang. It is impossible to speak his name lightly or idly. The great sound of his name, “Jamgon Lodro Chokyi Senge,” reduces samsara to shreds. According to his intention he has come again, this great friend of the Teacher’s doctrine and of all beings, even those who do not know him. He was born to the south of the Glorious Karmapa’s seat of Tsurphu, in Chushur district amidst many villages, the circumstances of his birth being in accord with my description in the Letter Describing the Signs earlier, held in faith by gods and men.

Now in this special purpose, I offer, to the son born in the year of the Pig to Yab Gonpo and Yum Yangkyi, this recognition as being the genuine reincarnation of the Third Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Chokyi Senge.

I hereby bestow upon him the name Jamgon Lodro Chokyi Nyima Tenpey Dronme Chok Thamched Le Nampar Gyalwe De. I sing his praises, and empower him to sit on the towering throne of Dharma. All sentient beings should examine the legacy of his predecessors, respect him, serve him, and pay him homage. Even though he has not reached adulthood, all should hold this supreme tulku in only the highest regard.

Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, August 25, 1996



By His Holiness the Seventeenth Gyalwa Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje

To all those genuine, unbiased, supreme tulkus who are the glorious protectors of the doctrine and beings, and to the sangha of scholars, masters, and monks, I offer the following:

The one whom the Great Fourth prophesied in many sutras and tantras, and whom the Second Victor, the Great Guru, also foretold, was the genuine being Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye. His name was renowned as the sun and moon. The Third in the garland of his incarnations was the great Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Chokyi Senge, whose reincarnation has now indisputably appeared.

Being completely certain as to his authenticity, I have bestowed upon him the name Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Choyki Nyima Tenpey Dronme. And I hereby request all unbiased and supreme tulkus, and the sangha of scholars and masters, to pray that through this supreme tulku’s mastery of the Three Wheels and the three types of scholarship, he may bear the awesome responsibility of disseminating the Great Fourth’s flawless teachings throughout the hundred directions, and in so doing make his predecessors’ legacy his own; that his lotus feet be unshakeably planted here on earth; that he be as indestructible as the vajra; that he and his activity be surrounded by only the most excellently favourable conditions; and that these favourable conditions increase and increase. I request all the aforementioned to give whatever assistance to him that they, in their wisdom, know to be necessary.

This proclamation of the authenticity of the Fourth in the garland of emanations of Jamgon Kongtrul is made by Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje in his Seat of the Pure Land of Tsurphu.

September 2, 1996


For more information please contact:

Tenzin Dorjee
General Secretary to H.E. Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche

Pullahari Monastery
P.O. Box 11015, Kathmandu 

Tel: +977 (1) 4800896
Fax: +977 (1) 4800890

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