Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche was born in 1955 in Nangchen, Eastern Tibet. He was enthroned as the Supreme Abbott of Thrangu Monastery at age two by His Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa.
Traleg Rinpoche was recognized as the ninth incarnation of the Traleg line by His Holiness the XVI Gyalwa Karmapa and was accorded the title Kyabgon, a significant distinction retained by only a few lineage holders of the Tibetan tradition.
Rinpoche regularly gave lectures and seminars worldwide on Buddhism and related topics. He became well known for his erudition, fluency in English and background in western psychology and comparative religion. He is especially respected for his skill in working with people of diverse interests, ages and backgrounds.
His first book ‘The Essence of Buddhism’ is in its third printing as has been translated into a number of other languages. His second book ‘Luminous Bliss: Self-realisation through meditation’ has been published by Lothian Books. A third book on Lojong entitled ‘The Benevolent Mind: A Manual in Mind Training’ has been released by Zhyisil Chokyi Ghatsal Publications in New Zealand.
Rinpoche is the spiritual director of E-Vam Institute in Melbourne, Australia; E-Vam Institute, New York in USA; Nyima Tashi in Auckland, New Zealand and other affiliated centres.