- click Rinpoche for enlargement
..Biography of Ven. Lama Panchen Ötrul Rinpoche
..- compiled by Jampa Ling Buddhist Centre, Ireland
- click for Budddha Amitayus page  The Ven. Lama Panchen Ötrul Rinpoche was born in Kham round about the year 1939. He was born to a nomadic family. Because of various conditions surrounding his birth it was seen that he was probably the reincarnation of a high lama. As a result of this he was eventually  taken to live at the local monastery of  Dolma Lhakang where he was cared for by two lamas, who spend their life in meditation. When he was seven it was thought he was the re-incarnation of a Gelugpa lama and he was taken to Pashu, the main Gelugpa Monastery  in the area. His teacher here was a renowned Mongolian scholar. It was  with this lama that Panchen Ötrul  Rinpoche took his refuge vows  At this time he was given the name of Kelzang Chokyi Wangchuk, which means 'Fortunate Lord of the Dharma'. In 1951 Panchen Ötrul Rinpoche was taken to Lhasa as a possible reincarnation of the Panchen Lama. However a candidate from Amdo was selected. Panchen Ötrul Rinpoche was taken into the care of the Tibetan government and Tashi Lunpo monastery and was given the title of Panchen Ötrul Rinpoche which means 'Panchen candidate'.

     From then onwards he lived in Lhasa and studied at Drepung Gomang Monastery. He was ordained when he was 13 years old. In 1959 after the Chinese Communist took control of Tibet, Panchen Ötrul Rinpoche with many other was put in a concentration camp. In 1960 after being there for twelve months he was able to escape into India. In 1962 he received full ordination from H.H. the Dalai Lama. In 1971 he received his Acharya (equivalent to an M.A. degree in Buddhist philosophy) from Benares University, India. In 1980 he was awarded the highest degree, Geshe Lharampa - which is the equivalent of a Buddhist doctorate. He completed his formal studies of Buddhist Tantra at Gyumed College in Southern India. During that period he helped in the re-establishment of Tibetan Monasteries in India by designing study programmes.

- click to enlarge  In 1988 he travelled to the U.K. on behalf of the Dalai Lama to work on inter-faith dialogue. Since then he has travelled extensively teaching in Europe, U.S.A., Canada and the Far East. In 1990 he was invited by Irish students to become Spiritual Director of Jampa Ling Buddhist Centre in West Cavan, Southern Ireland, and more recently Jampa Ling, Belfast. The Tashi Khyil Trust was founded as a fund raising charity for Rinpoche`s growing activities. He maintains strong connections with Drepung Gomang monastery in Southern India, finding sponsors for monks and fund raising to help with new buildings.

     It has always been his wish and prayer that he would be able to help with the re-establishment of Buddhism in Mongolia. He now visits there each year working both in Ulaan Baator the capital city and travelling to remote areas, ordaining monks, giving teaching wherever he can, giving initiations, refuge, visiting prisons, childrens` schools and camps. Panchen Ötrul Rinpoche has travelled extensively in order to teach in Europe U.S.A., Canada and the Far East.

Panchen Ötrul Rinpoche, Margery & Jampa Ling
- some personal remarks
- click Margery, Rinpoche and Hans (at Jampa Ling)  We met our teacher and friend Lama Panchen Ötrul Rinpoche when he just moved from Scotland to Ireland (1989). Our beloved Margery Cross (now a Buddhist nun) had invited Rinpoche to establish a Buddhist centre in Ireland to spread the Buddhist teachings in this country. This centre, called Jampa Ling is situated in the beautiful landscape of Co. Cavan and offers various courses and workshops with Rinpoche since the late eighties. The growing centre is under the patronage of H.H. The Dalai Lama. There is a very good and warm connection and inter-action between Rinpoche's centre and Manjushri Mandala. On various occasions Rinpoche and Margery come to our place to give teachings or having some relaxing holidays, while they invited us to give astrology courses at Jampa Ling. A highlight was a course given by both, Lama Gangchen Tulku and Panchen Ötrul Rinpoche at our centre in 1990.
     We admire Rinpoche not just for having a profound knowledge on Buddhist philosophy and tantra, but also for his many activities not just in Ireland but also concerning his monastery in India and for his many travels to Mongolia to re-establish Buddhism there. Margery, also a former student of Lama Yeshe, is beyond all description. She's just an outstanding personality. Lovable, caring, witty, humorous, open-minded, enthusiastic, unique, deep and crazy in her own way. She not only offered her house and grounds for establishing Jampa Ling, she is also the good and untiring spirit keeping it all together. Margery, you are simply a darling and miracle!
Email: Jampa Ling
For Courses and Teachings at Jampa Ling, Ireland, 2000/2001 click here
Some photo memories
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- click Margery, Rinpoche and Hans (at Jampa Ling)- click for enlargement- click Hans, Rinpoche and Thomas (Portsalon)- Thomas and Rinpoche at Portsalon beach (click)
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- click Rinpoche and Hans (Portsalon)- click for Rinpoche (enlargement)- Rinpoche and Hans at Jampa Ling- click for Gangchen Tulku, Hans and Panchen Ítrul R. (Portsalon beach)
see also:.Gangchen Tulku & Panchen Ötrul Rinpoche and.Taeger's teachers
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