Gochen Tulku VI - Sang-ngak Namchak Tendzin Rinpoche
In 1952, Tulku Sang-ngak Rinpoche was born into one of the oldest families in Tibet, under the name, “Namchak.” He was born in an area called Chamdo in the Kham region of Tibet. In early childhood, Rinpoche was recognized by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö and Zigar Kongtrul Rinpoche as the 6th incarnation of the founder of Gochen Monastery, located in Kham, Riwoche.
Tulku Sang-ngak Rinpoche is the founder and spiritual director of Ewam's Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, located in Arlee Montana, and the non-profit organization, Ewam International, representing The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, based in North America and Asia. He lives with his family in Santa Fe, NM, where his dharma activity flourishes with retreats and teachings appropriate to all levels of training for students.
Lama Mipham Chögyal
In 1985, Lama Mipham Chögyal began twelve years of pilgrimage through northern India, Nepal, and eastern Tibet to study and practice Tibetan Buddhism. In 1988/89 he lived as a monk with his foremost root lama, Khyabje Kalu Rinpoche in Darjeeling and Bodhgaya India, and Khyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche in Bodhgaya, India, and Boudhanath, Nepal.
In 1991, after the deaths of his root lamas, Lama Mipham Chögyal met Tulku Sang-ngak Rinpoche at the seat of Chakdüd Tulku Rinpoche, Rigdzin Ling, CA. Here, he received the complete empowerments and oral transmissions for the treasure teachings of Terchen Tsasum Lingpa from Tulku Sang-ngak Rinpoche.
In 1993, Lama Mipham began a traditional Three-Year Retreat under Tulku Rinpoche's guidance at Sang-ngak Phurpa Ling, Yangleshöd. Practicing primarily at the Kathmandu Valley’s northernmost mountain region of Sivapuri as a solitary cave-dweller, he completed his retreat in 1997 under the wise and compassionate care of Tulku Sang-ngak Rinpoche. During his retreat, Lama Mipham also made a lasting Dharma connection with Khyabje Jadral Rinpoche, whose direct imprints have left lasting, increasingly deepening, impressions.