Kyabje Yongdzin Ling Rinpoche is a Tibetan tulku, or reincarnated spirit. The best-known incarnation is the sixth incarnation, Thupten Lungtok Namgyal Thinley (1903 - 1983), a Tibetan buddhist scholar and teacher.
Born in Tibet, northwest of Lhasa, he was recognised as the 6th Ling Trül, became the senior tutor to the 14th Dalai Lama and the 97th Ganden Tripa. The Ganden Tripa is the spiritual head of the Gelugpa Sect, the largest sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Kyabje Ling Rinpoche was the Ganden Tripa for about 14 years. He served at the request of the 14th Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people for the longest period that anyone sat on the Ganden throne. Together with Yongdzin Trijang Rinpoche, he is considered to be a root guru of the 14th Dalai Lama. Kyabje Ling Rinpoche died in 1983.
Prior to Kyabje Ling Rinpoche, three earlier incarnations of Ling Rinpoche were tutors for previous Dalai Lamas, including the 13th, the 12th and the 6th Dalai Lamas. Three incarnations of Ling Rinpoche were also Ganden Tripas. Over many years, the Ling Rinpoche incarnations founded many monasteries in Tibet and taught students in every sect of Tibetan Buddhism. Many of the monks in Ling Khangtsen come from these monasteries.
The current incarnation of Ling Rinpoche is the spiritual head and leader of Ling Khangtsen. He was born in India in 1985 and is studying at Drepung Loseling Monastic University, Mungod, Karnataka. He is known as Ling Choktul Rinpoche.
List of Ling Rinpoches
|S.No||Name||Life Span||Gaden Tripa and tutor to the Dalai Lama|
|1||Trichen Dhondup Gyatso, the 1st Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche Tehor Nagtsangpa||1655–1702||The 48th Gaden Tripa and tutor to H.H. the 6th Dalai Lama|
|2||Gedun Tenpai Gyaltsen, the 2nd Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche||1728–1790||Conferred the famed title of ‘Ertini Dalai Hothothu’ for his illuminating examplary service to Dharma|
|3||Lobsang Tenpai Gyaltsen, the 3rd Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche||1791–1810|
|4||Ngawang Lungtok Yonten Gyatso,the 4th Yongzin Ling Rinpoche||1811–1853||the 75th Gaden Tripa and Tutor to H.H. the 11th Dalai Lama|
|5||Lobsang Lungtok Tenzin Thinley, the 5th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche||1856–1902||Sharpa Choeje and tutor to H.H. the 13th Dalai Lama|
|6||Thupten Lungtok Namgyal Thinley, the 6th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche||1903—1983||the 97th Gaden Tripa and tutor to H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama|
|7||Tenzin Lungtok Thinley Choephak, the 7th Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche||Current incarnation|
- The Jewel-garland Biography of the 97th Gaden Throne Holder Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche by the 14th Dalai Lama
- Brief Biographies of Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche (incarnate lineages) --compiled by Yongzin Ling Ladrang Management