Lama Rigdzin Phuntsok
Birth & Family
He is the grandson of a Dzongpon (Governor) Dorje Drakpa of Pemakö who was credited with the establishment of many dharma institutions and was a great provider for the needs of many great masters and practitioners throughout the region, as was his own father Dzongpön Tsewang Rigdzin. Lama Rigdzin Phuntsok is the younger brother of Yangsi Tulku Palden.
Lama Rigdzin Phuntsok received numerous empowerments, transmissions and instructions from the following masters:
- Dudjom Rinpoche
- Garwang Sangye Dorje Phulung Sangay Rinpoche
- Terton Choeje Lingpa
- Togden Kunzang Longrol
- Tulku Dawa Rinpoche
Having remained in retreat for most of his life, he now serves as the heir of Togden Kunzang Longdrol, giving spiritual guidance to all retreatants on the land, leading monthly practices, and presiding over public ceremonies at Deden Tashi Choeling temple in Yoldong.
Through this, he played a key role in preserving and transmitting many unique spiritual lineages of the past to present-day practitioners in Pemakö.
Relaying the heart advice of his root teachers and Padmasambhava’s prophecies about every meritorious action taken in Pemakö affecting the rest of the world and beyond, Lama Rigdzin Phuntsok has been a source of inspiration for younger generations to remain in Pemakö and dedicate their lives to the practice of Dharma.
Lama Rigdzin Phuntsok's son included Tulku Orgyen Phuntsok.