Tenzin Thupten Rabgyal, Tehor Khanze Zeekgyab Tulku, is the current Abbot of the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in South India, and the 5th reincarnation of Kachen Lobsang Thupten Nyendak Namgyal (4th Zeekgyab Tulku). After his Enthronement Ceremony at Tashi Lhunpo in 1986, Rinpoche started learning Tibetan reading and writing and the memorization of prayers. In 1989, Zeekgyab Rinpoche received his Novice vows from His Holiness the Dalai Lama. At Gaden Jangtse Monastery, Rinpoche started the study of the five major Buddhist Texts under his Teacher, Khensur Jetsun Lobsang Choney’s guidance. Rinpoche received his Fully Ordained vows from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and in 2000, gave his examination in front of the Monks Assembly of Gaden Jangtse Monastery. In 2008 due to poor health, Rinpoche was instructed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to complete his Geshe Examination. In 2010, Rinpoche went to Gyudmed Tantric Monastery to study Tantra for one year. In the same year, Rinpoche completed his Kachen Examination at Tashi Lhunpo Monastery. From 2011 to present, Rinpoche has been teaching at Tashi Lhunpo Monastery. At the end of 2018, Rinpoche received confirmation of the appointment of Abbot of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. On February 11, 2019, Rinpoche had the official Enthronement Ceremony as Abbot of Tashi Lhunpo Monastery.

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