The Website of Tibetan Buddhist Monk Khenpo Rinpoche Jangchup Choeden
Biography Of Khen Rinpoche Jangchup Choeden
I was born in the north Indian State of Himachal Pradesh. In 1979 I joined the prestigious Gaden Shartse Norling College in Mundgod, Karnataka, India and embarked on an extended course of Buddhist studies. I studied under guidance of the great masters Ven. Khensur Lobsang Choepel Rinpoche (ex-abbot Shartse College); His Eminence Kyabje Khensur Lati Rinpoche (abbot emeritus Shartse College); Ven. Khensur Jampa Yeshe Rinpoche (ex-abbot Shartse College); and Ven. Khensur Konchog Tsering Rinpoche (abbot emeritus Shartse College). I attended debate meetings and religious discourses at various renowned Tibetan Buddhist monastic universities across the Indian subcontinent earning myself a special recognition in Tibetan Buddhist community. Apart from the main course of study, I received great many teachings from the recognized Tibetan masters; His Holiness the Dalai Lama, His Eminence Kyabje Ling Rinpoche and His Eminence Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and many others.
From 1979 to 1988 I studied Pramana Vidya (Buddhist Logic and epistemology),
Pragyanaparamita (Perfection of Wisdom), Madhyamika (philosophy
of the Middle Way School), Abhidharma (Treasury of Knowledge,
metaphysics), and Vinaya (Buddhist monastic ethics). In 1997 I
topped the Lharam Examination so was awarded the prestigious
degree of Geshe Lharampa. I subsequently joined the famed Gyuto
Tantric University and received intensive training in the field
of Buddhist Tantra.
Along with these I also served the monastery and local community in various ways. I was elected to serve as Office Secretary of the monastery for many terms. Finally, in the year 1998, the governing board of the monastery unanimously selected me to be the General Secretary of the Education Development Project, an administrative section of the monastery, a post I held until I was assigned to supervise missionary activities of the monastery in Taipei, Taiwan.
In 2000 I traveled to the U.S., Singapore, Taiwan, Indonesia and Malaysia as chief-interpreter and personal secretary to His Eminence Kyabje Lati Rinpoche. From the beginning of 2001 until early 2003 I taught and administered at Gaden Shartse Buddhist Institute in Taipei and learned Mandarin at Normal University, Taiwan. While in Taiwan I frequently visited Singapore to teach Buddhism to Singaporean students.
At the end of 2003, I volunteered to serve as translator once again for His Eminence Kyabje Lati Rinpoche, while Rinpoche was on a teaching tour in California. After Rinpoche's return back to India, I along with Ven. Lobsang Tsultrim traveled to many parts of USA to teach Buddhism and to do cultural exchange programs with American communities. It was very good and enriching experience to do the cultural exchange programs.
At the end of year 2004 I returned back to India to do prostration at Bodhgaya. After that in the year 2005 sat for Grand Tantra Examination at Gyuto Tantric University and earned degree in Tantric studies. In the summer that year, I went to Spain and spent months teaching at Dharma Centers. Most of the year 2006, I spent in India being a pilgrim and later teaching at the monastery.
At the beginning of 2007, I traveled to Singapore and Indonesia
to teach at Norbu Choling Centre and spent months over there.
Many months of the later half of this year I spent at Gyuto
Tantric University preparing for final traditional exam, which
was complete by the end of November 2007.
This year 2008, I once again came back to teach at Norbu Choling, Singapore and Indonesia and visited the Phende Lekshey Ling, Petaling Jaya Malaysia.
In the year 2009, I once again traveled to teach
at Norby Choling in Singapore. While I was in Singapore to my
surprise I received the news of myself being appointed the new
Abbot of the Gaden Shartse Monastery (a historical major Tibetan
Buddhist Monastic Institute in Tibetan Society). Then I prepared
myself to take up the major responsibility of the overall
administration and development of the huge organization. After
returning back to India from Singapore, first I went to seek
blessings and advices from His Holiness Dalai Lama on the
special appointment. After that I returned to my monastery for
the formal enthronement on 26th July 2009. Since then I am
serving this community of venerable monks, most revered,
cherished and beloved in my heart. I have completed six months
of my tenure and I am working hard to move forward this
prestigious Buddhist monastic institute of Tibet.
By traveling abroad, meeting and exchanging views with people from diverse cultural, religious and social background I enrich my own understanding of meaning of life and common human problems. Being a graduate from traditional Tibetan Buddhist academic system, speaking fluent English and Mandarin helps me greatly in assist people from diverse background through my counseling.
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