Saturday, 23 May 2015 22:58

The Drukpa Lineage

The Drukpa lineage of Tibetan Buddhism stems directly from the primordial Buddha Vajradhara (Dorje Chang in Tibetan) and descends through an unbroken line of enlightened Masters. The early founders of the lineage include the great teachers Tilopa, Naropa, Marpa, Milarepa, Gampopa, Rechungpa, Phagmo Drupa and Lingchen Repa. Lingchen Repa was the guru of the first Gyalwang Drukpa, Tsangpa Gyare. Tsangpa Gyare was recognized as the Buddha of Compassion, (Chenrezig Tib. or Avolokiteshvara Skt.), in human form, as well as an incarnation of the first Buddhist King of Tibet, Songsten Gampo, the great sage Naropa and Milarepa's son-like disciple Gampopa. The lineage spread throughout Tibet, Ladakh, Northern India and Bhutan, and is renowned for the pure qualities of its practitioners and the numerous yogis who have attained enlightenment. His Holiness Jigme Pema Wangchen, the present Gyalwang Drukpa, is the twelfth reincarnation of the supreme head of this tradition.

For more detailed information on His Holiness's family, lineage, personal Gurus and teaching programme please click on the official site of His Holiness the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa,

For teachings by His Holiness and other Drukpa masters, visit the website of

Saturday, 23 May 2015 22:57

About us

Inspired by the accumulated wisdom of the 800-year old Drukpa lineage Drukpa UK sets out to bring benefit to beings in the modern world. We support both Buddhist non-Buddhists alike in their quest to bring happiness, contentment and peace to all beings by activating their love and compassion.

Part of a worldwide network of organisations under the direction of His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa, Drukpa UK is a UK-based spiritual and charitable organisation dedicated to:

    Preserving the traditions of the 800-year old Drukpa Lineage
    Supporting and facilitating the study of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and providing facilities for the devoted practitioners of the Drukpa Lineage
    Promoting and organizing Tibetan Buddhist teachings and pilgrimages for Buddhists and non-Buddhists, both in the UK and abroad.

Drukpa UK also supports Live To Love, the global humanitarian and charitable initiative founded by His Holiness, which provides services for people, regardless of religion, gender or race, in the following areas:

    Aid and relief to those affected by natural or man-made disasters

Drukpa UK was established in July 2007 as a company limited by guarantee (registration number 6326093) and granted charitable status in August 2007 (charity registration number 1120665).

Saturday, 23 May 2015 22:55

His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa

At sunrise on the tenth day of the first month of the Water-Hare year of the Tibetan calendar, while Masters had gathered at Tso Pema for the Tse Chu Festival and were performing the first dance ritual of the Eight Manifestations of Guru Padmasambhava, the sovereign Dragon returned to this world.

His father is Kyabje Bairo Rinpoche, the emanation of the great translator and saint Vairochana, precious Master incarnated in Kathok Zhichen monastery in Kham. His mother, Konchok Paldroen, belongs to the noble descendants of Lord Nyang. His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche himself, the supreme authority of the Nyingmapa Lineage was present at the moment of his birth, and gave him the name of Jigme Pema Wangchen.

The twelfth Gyalwang Drukpa was officially recognized by His Holiness the fourteenth Dalai Lama, the sixteenth Karmapa and other great Masters. He was officially enthroned by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1966 in Dharamsala and in 1967, in the monastery of his own Lineage: Dotsok in Darjeeling.

Kyabje Thuksey Rinpoche was his main Master. He received the refuge vows and the minor ordination from His Holiness the Karmapa and studied with Khenpo Noryang, Khenpo Choedrak and Kyabje Bairo Rinpoche, his own father. He received from Thuksey Rinpoche all the empowerements of the glorious Drukpa Lineage, the explanations that liberate, and the scriptural transmissions which form the foundations for: the instructions of Mahamudra, the six yogas of Naropa, the seven links of interdependence, the oral transmission of the Dakinis, etc. Thus he assimilated the nectar and quintessence of all the profound instructions of the Lineage.

The great Masters from whom His Holiness the twelfth Gyalwang Drukpa received Teachings were mainly, Thuksey Rinpoche, Bairo Rinpoche, His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, His Holiness the fourteenth Dalai Lama, as previously mentioned, the Lord of Refuge Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche, Pawo Rinpoche, Drodrupchen Rinpoche, Drubwang Kunzang Dorje Dampa, as well as renowned yogis as Lobpoen Gangri Kunzang Dorje and Gen Khyentse.

His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa displays a very extensive activity. In addition to the monastery of Darjeeling, seat of the Lineage, there is the connected retreat center of Chitray, for the 3-year retreat. His Holiness also founded the monastery of Druk Amithaba Mountain where almost 600 nuns are living. The monasteries in Ladakh, notably Hemis, are being restored at the moment. Indeed it can be said that the Lineage radiates throughout the world, its activity extending notably in Tibet, in Kham, Nangchen and Zighar, and in India, in Darjeeling, Kampagar and Bylakuppe.

His Holiness founded many centres all over the world, particularly in Europe (Paris, London, Geneva, Monaco, in Germany, Spain, Poland) and also in the USA, in Mexico, in Peru. Some centers are also active in Asia: in Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam and in Australia.

The activities of such a Master of exceptional radiance are dedicated to the benefit of all beings, both on the spiritual and material levels, through numerous humanitarian activities. Thus the educational complex "Druk Pema Karpo Institute", in Shey, Ladakh, and particularly the school, has already enabled 700 children, including some of the poorest families from the remotest areas, to receive education within the preservation of their own cultural references.

In 2007, His Holiness initiated the "Live to Love" project, urging his students and disciples to get involved in altruistic activites, educational, medical, humanitarian, as well as the protection of the environment.

Find out more about The Drukpa Lineage on

His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa's autobiography on

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