Dema Monastery of the Five Shastras in Kham, Tibet. In May 2000 Tulku Denma Choktul Jiang YangShen Gen Rinpoche recognized Buddha Maitreya to be the reincarnation of his teacher Guru Rinpoche, Padmasambhava – often referred to as the second Buddha. Dema Tulku is himself a reincarnation of one of the 25 disciples of Padmasambhava. In November 2000, Buddha Maitreya was officially enthroned at the Monastery and took over responsibility for it. Buddha Maitreya and his wife Mandarava Tara travelled to Dema Monastery in Tibet and both gave blessings there. They sponsored a large rebuilding project which began in earnest in 2001 and was completed in 2003 when Buddha Maitreya & Mandarava were invited back and both enthroned in a ceremony to inaugurate the new monastery. During the 2003 visit, Buddha Maitreya and Mandarava were enthroned at several other monasteries in this sacred valley famous for previous incarnations of high tulkus.
Maitreya Shedrup Dharjeeling Monastery of Sakya Lineage in Litang, Tibet. In November 2001, Buddha Maitreya and his wife Mandarava Tara were enthroned by the Head of the Monastery Tulku Ngawang Kalsanga Palden Lode Gyalten. The Tulku had built a magnificent 12ft gold statue of Buddha Maitreya after he received visions of Him during many years of meditation. Buddha Maitreya & Mandarava Tara sponsored several projects at the Monastery including its rebuilding and were invited back to the Monastery in 2003 to inaugurate the new temple.
Palden Zhiwa Monastery of Nyagchu in Kham, Tibet. Since 2000, Buddha Maitreya has been invited to the Monastery on several occasions to be enthroned by its head Choepak Rinpoche and he intended to visit in 2003. Unfortunately, the Monastery is accessible only by several days horse ride and to date this journey has not been possible. Instead several of the Rinpoches and Khenpos (Abbots) of the Monastery have visited America to meet with His Holiness.
Kashi Monastery of Gelugpa Lineage in Amdo, Tibet. In September 2003, Buddha Maitreya was enthroned by Tulku Tempel at this remote Tibetan monastery. Hundreds of villagers turned out to join the monks in welcoming Buddha Maitreya and to receive His Blessing.
Neneng Shrotut Monastery of the Nyigmpa Lineage in Amdo Tibet. Tulku Karma Sherpa Dorje Rinpoche is head of this Retreat Gonpa located by one of the holy meditation caves of Padmasambhava. Karma Sherpa Dorje Rinpoche has travelled to both America to meet His Holiness and to the United Kingdom where he was resident for 6 months at the Buddha Maitreya Monastery.
Ga Newang Lekpa Rinpoche is one of the most Senior Rinpoches of the Sakya Lineage after its head H.H. Sakya Trizin. He is a Yogi and has spent the majority of this life in meditation retreat. In his previous life he was teacher to the previous incarnation of Deshung Tulku and his life has been written about in the book ‘A Saint in Seattle’. In 2004, he came out of retreat for an audience with His Holiness Buddha Maitreya in Litang, Tibet. In 2005, while Buddha Maitreya was teaching in Nepal and just after he had been enthroned by the present incarnation of Deshung Tulku (see below), he received a Certificate of Recognition sent from Tibet from Ga Newang Lekpa Rinpoche in the ceremony shown in the video below.
The Great Dzamthang Monastery of the Jonangpa Lineage in Abba Prefecture, Tibet. This large Monastery and its lineage is particularly important for holding the complete Kalachakra teachings of Gautama Buddha. Buddha Maitreya was recognized by one of the senior Tulkus of the Monastery, Ngawang Sungnyon Tulku and enthroned at the Monastery in 2004. Tulku Sungynan also established a satellite Buddha Maitreya Meditation Center in Chengdu China and the Monastery is currently constructing a large Buddha Maitreya Statue and Temple for Buddha Maitreya to inaugurate in 2013.
Sunglong Monastery of the Nyingma Lineage in Tibet and its Head Rinpoche Sempa Tulku. Located in the Abba Prefecture of Tibet, China – Buddha Maitreya was invited to the Monastery in 2004 for Long Life Puja. Due to the ceremonial retreat in process at the Monastery and the Chinese Government restrictions, the Tulku was unable to accomplish an enthronement at that time.
Zamling Rinpoche & Dakar Rinpoche of Litang, Tibet. In August 2004, in a rare meeting Zamling Rinpoche left his monastery and travelled to greet Buddha Maitreya in an unprecedented welcoming ceremony of Buddha Maitreya to the sacred town of Litang. 40 cars led the procession into town. Zamling Rinpoche and Dakar Rinpoche had several meeting with His Holiness during the month of August and gave the following recognition certificate. In 2005, while Buddha Maitreya was teaching in Nepal and just after he had been enthroned by the present incarnation of Deshung Tulku (see below), he received a Certificate of Recognition sent from these Rinpoches in the ceremony shown in the video below.
Nangten Rinpoche, The Ngaktrin Rinpoche. In 2004 Nangten Rinpoche, the teacher to the 15th and 16th Karmapas came to enthrone His Holiness Buddha Maitreya at one of the most Holy Sacred Buddhist Sites for both the Kagyu and the Gelupa Lineage near Xining, China – Shachung Monastery. This is the site where, in the 14th Century, the 4th Karmapa, Rolpai Dorje, initiated the young boy who would soon become the beloved Je Tsong Khapa into monkhood. The Karmapa cut the hair of the young boy, and where the locks fell, a tree sprung up which was known far and wide to bear the unmistakable scent of human hair.
Nangten Rinpoche offered Buddha Maitreya his retreat center at Shachung as well as responsibility for a large nunnery near Yushu in Kham, Tibet - Gonpa Dechen Chokorling.
Shachung Monastery (Xiaqiong Temple) - Tsong Khapa was ordained here and his hair scattered on the cliff near the temple where it later grew into many luxuriant cypress trees.
Buddha Maitreya and Mandarava Tara being welcomed at the main courtyard of Shachung Monastery (Xiaqiong Temple).
From front left: Mandarava Tara, Buddha Maitreya, Nangten Rinpoche
Enthronement of Buddha Maitreya and Mandarava Tara at the Retreat of Nangten Rinpoche close by Shachung Monastery
Buddha Maitreya offers a Vajra and Etheric Weaver to NangtenRinpoche
Nangten Rinpoche together with monks from his Monastery conduct the enthronement ceremony
Recognition as Buddha Maitreya by Nangten Rinpoche, the Ngatrin Tulku
Nangten Rinpoche, the Ngatrin Tulku
Translation of the Certificate
"The greatest path shower Lord Buddha The greatest savior Dharma The greatest
liberator Sangha May you all grant me the permission to do what I've to do."
The acclamation that His Holiness is the incarnation of Buddha Maitreya
has been long before predicted by great Lamas and scholars of India.
Looking at how great his contributions has been for the continuation of Buddha Dharma;
there doesn't remain a flinch of a doubt of him being the incarnation of a most compassionate Bodhisattva.
Though being a person of lower rank with no power of foreseeing things myself,
I made a chronicle investigation after praying to the Three Jewels.
In 1953, Lama Karsang of Ge-gyal Shang-so monastery passed away into
nirvana but his reincarnation was never found out.
I believe that if Your Holiness accepts being the reincarnation
post of the Lama who passed away into nirvana, it would be of great help to the Buddha Dharma.
As such, we offer you the title of the master of Ge-gyal Shang-so monastery.
We request Your Holiness to improve the monastery, and hope to receive your unlimited compassion and care.
Certificate offered on 20th August, 2004 to His Holiness Buddha Maitreya Rinpoche by Pal Dechen Choekor Ling"
Sepa Tulku – the Tara Tulku – Yushu City, Tibet. In 2003, this Senior Tulku who has responsibility for maintaining some of the most sacred relics of Padmasambhava and had dreams and visions of Buddha Maitreya's wife Mandarava Tara and had built a statue from his dreams in an exact likeness of her. In the image below, the statue stands behind Mandarava Tara to the right.
Sepa Tulku had dreams that Buddha Maitreya and Mandarava Tara were staying nearby. The Tulku came to their hotel early one morning and waited for him, inviting him to his remote Monastery that holds the actual crown of Padmasambhava which he presented to Buddha Maitreya to wear
In 1999, Buddha Maitreya received his first enthronement and official ceremony of recognition in Kathmandu, Nepal.
"The Immortal Drum Sound of God, The Long Life Prayer of Buddha Maitreya - May this be Auspicious....A tulku born in the Western part of the World, America, in him has arisen previous learning, having mastered all the knowledge, inner and outer in previous lives, now has spontaneous experiences and realization, thus becoming the very Lord of Compassion and all skillful means through the virtue of his holy name Buddha Maitreya. These are the reasons disciples and others always pray for him as the cause and condition of virtue." Khenpo Khenrab Gyatso, Bhutan
Biography of Ven. Khenpo Khyenrab Gyatso
At the age of 8 Khenpo was admitted into the Punakha Dzong(monastery) as a monk and started his education. Becoming a Khenpo & Abbot his comprehensive buddhist education and teachings have been far reaching, from Prajnaparamita- “The Heart Sutra” to the Five Groups of Maitreya’s Discourses. From the age of 33 he was appointed as the assistant Khenpo of Tango Shaydra in Thimpu, for 5 years. At 37 he was appointed as the Head Abbot of the MOnk Society in Samchi, Bhutan. Prior to retiring he held for 8 years the dual posts of head Abbot of Sanchi District in Bhutan and the Secretary for the Board of Examinations for all of the Sheydras in Bhutan. In this dual position Khenpo had to represent the Monk Society in the National Assembly of Bhutan and public communication media like the Kuensel Newspaper and Bhutan Broadcasting Service.
In 1998 Khenpo was blessed to meet H.H. Tulku Buddha Maitreya Rinpoche and recognized him as the incarnation of Buddha. In May 1998 Khenpo offered a Recognition, Declaration and Crowning Ceremony for H.H. Tulku Buddha Maitreya. The Sacred Event took place at the Sanatan Dharma Center at Boudha Stupa, Katmandu , Nepal and was attended by student monks, lamas and Ani’s of Monasteries in Swyambunath, Pharping, Boudha , England and Bhutan who have all received the benefits of loving support for their dharma from H. H. Tulku Buddha Maitreya. He also composed a Declaration and dedicated a Long Life Prayer for H.H. Tulku Buddha Maitreya which is called “The Immortal Drum Sound of God”.
In the Prayer he declared ”The combination of the three secrets of all the Buddhas, Lord Maitreya. In this glorious country having manifested. The guide to lead all beings on the path of Dharma. May the life of Maitreya be firmed... A Tulku born in the Western part of the World, America in who has arisen previous learning, having mastered all the knowledge inner and outer in previous lives and now has spontaneous experiences and realization thus becoming the very Lord of Compassion and all skillful means through the virtue of his holy name Buddha Maitreya and other most profound name, Karma Sonam Phuntsok. These are the reasons disciples and others always pray for him as the cause and condition of all virtue.”
Following Buddha Maitreya’s recognition by the Senior Rinpoches and Tulkus of Litang Tibe in 2004/2005 (Lekpa Rinpoche, Zamling Rinpoche, Dakar Rinpoche) The Buddhist Association of Nepal and Singapore invited His Holiness Buddha Maitreya for an enthronement at their temple near Boudha Stupa in Kathmandu which took place during the Prayers for Peace Dharshan in Nepal in 2005.
Gaden Jam Gon Ling Maitri Vihar of Gelugpa Lineage at Swyambhu Stupa, Nepal. Since 1999 Buddha Maitreya and how wife Mandarava Tara have supported this monastery – the ‘Buddha Maitreya Heaven Monastery’ at the sacred site of Swayambhunath. They established a clinic at the monastery and provide food monthly. Buddha Maitreya and Mandarava Tara have visited the Monastery on several occasions and have been enthroned at the Monastery on each occasion. Buddha Maitreya and Mandarava Tara have also supported and funded the young Tulku of the monastery Lumbum Tulku in his studies at Ganden Buddhist University including constructing a residence for him.
Karma Raj Maha Vihar of Kagyu Lineage at Swayambhu Stupa, Nepal. Buddha Maitreya and his wife Mandarava Tara have supported the Monastery monthly since 1996 initially focusing on food, water and sanitary conditions for the entire monastery as well as clothing and education for the younger monks and the establishing a monthly salary for cook and teacher, new clothes and monthly grants for food. Buddha Maitreya and Mandarava Tara have visited the Monastery and been enthroned there on several occasions. The Head of the Monastery is Sabchu Tulku born in 1983 and as a newborn infant recognized by Shamar Rinpoche as the 5th Sabchu Tulku.
Tharlam Monastery of Sakya Lineage, Boudha Stupa, Nepal. In 2005, Buddha Maitreya was invited to Tharlam Monastery to meet and be enthroned by Deshung Tulku, an American born Tulku whose previous life is written about in the book ‘ A Saint in Seattle’.
Dhokya Tulku Buddhist Center. Dhokya Tulku was one of the 25 disciples of Padmasambhava and in his present incarnation, Buddha Maitreya has sponsored a center near Boudha Stupa that supports his family and young monks since 2000. Dhokya Tulku is currently studying in Bhutan but in 2008, visited the Center in Nepal to enthrone His Holiness Buddha Maitreya and gave a long life puja for him.
Hiranyavarna Mahavira, The Golden Temple Patan. Ceremonial Recognition of H. H. Buddha Maitreya The Jetsun Milarepa by the Nepali Vajracharyas, descendents of Shakyamuni Buddha's clan who are responsible for upholding the unbroken lineage of practice which includes possibly the only oral practice of the prajnaparamita in the world. At no time even during revolutions of Nepal when all businesses and temples were shut down, has the practice there stopped. Special permit by the King himself has always exempted the Golden Temple from closing it's doors. Also unique in the world, are archives dating back 2,000 years on papyrus, copper plate and stone which have never been released. The Temple elders consulted their ancient, rare, archives for records and came up with information which led them to recognize Buddha Maitreya as the first incarnation of Milarepa Buddha Maitreya was subsequently enthroned at the Temple in 2005 and and again in 2008 and the Temple is currently constructing a room for Soul Therapy.
Karma Dubgyu Chokling Monastery of Kagyu lineage in Pokhara, Nepal and its Head Lama Nyedon Rinpoche. Karma Dubgyu Choling 'Manang' Monastery was founded by HH the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa. In 2008, His Holiness Buddha Maitreya was enthroned by Lama Nyedon, the Head Lama of Nyeshang Monastery of the Karma Kagyu order in Pokhara, Nepal. Buddha Maitreya was recognized by Lama Nyedon and the monks of the monastery as the reincarnation of the great Buddhist Saint and Yogi Jetsun Milarepa, one of the founding fathers of the Karma Kagyu lineage tradition.
Lubum Khamtsen, Drepung Loseling Buddhist University of Gelugpa Lineage in Mungod, India
His Holiness Buddha Maitreya first visited the Khamtsen in 2002 and began a program of improving the living conditions of the Monks, their building and facilities. In 2004, His Holiness was recognized as a Reincarnated Lama, Lama Dorje and Senior Rinpoche of the Monastery. Lama Dorje's life is the subject of the movie Little Buddha. In the same year, the Church sponsored a troupe of monks from Lubum on a Tour for World Peace to help preserve and further Tibetan Monastic Culture and raise funds for their monastery and general awareness of monastic life and conditions for Tibetan Buddhists in exile. Their tour took them to the United Kingdom where they were resident at the Buddha Maitreya’ Monastery in Glastonbury, Somerset and travelled around the country, giving live spiritual performances of Tibetan Music and Sacred Dance, Ceremonial Pujas "prayers", Sand Mandalas and teaching an introductory course on Buddhist Teachings & Philosophy.
Nyagre Khamtsen of Drepung Loseling Buddhist University of Gelugpa Lineage in Mungod, India
Nyagre Khamtsen is one of the Khamtsens of Drepung Loseling Monastery, established in Tibet in 1416 and now located in South India. In 1997, Logon Tulku, Tenzin Tsongrab one of the Rinpoches of Nyagre Khamtsen invited His Holiness Buddha Maitreya to visit Drepung. Logon Tulku had first met His Holiness in 1993 with His teacher at the sacred site of Swayambhu Stupa in Nepal. He was 12 years old at that time. During His Holiness' visit which took place in 1999, he met with the Khamtsen's Tulkus and Lamas to learn more about the monastery's needs. A ceremony was given for Buddha Maitreya and land was offered to build a Teaching and Administration Center for the Khamtsen, a project which His Holiness agreed to sponsor and which was completed in 2002 when His Holiness was invited to inaugurate the center.
Gyaepa Khamtsen of Drepung Loseling Buddhist University of Gelugpa Lineage in Mungod, India
His Holiness Buddha Maitreya visited the Khamtsen in 2000 up to which point it had not received any support or sponsorship. His Holiness pledged funds to support the construction of a residence for the Khamtsen monks, along with an Assembly hall for prayer and study. Additional funding was provided to the Khamtsen to assist with construction work in 2001. In November 2001, His Holiness Buddha Maitreya had the opportunity to view plans for the Assembly hall and committed to funding for the following year. Since 2000, the Church has sponsored one of the Tulkus of the Monastery, Ngawang Mipham Choe-Ki-Dawa, the Yang-Goen Rinpoche. Yang Goen Tulku was one of the original disciples of Shakyamuni Buddha, with many blessed incarnations including the Master Naropa, Translator Lotsawa Kawa Pekltsek at the time of the Tibetan Dharma King Trisong Detsen and Dorje Wangchuk, one of the chief disciples of the Master Atisha. He is known as an emanation of Lord Maitreya. The Church sponsored the enthronement ceremony of the Ngawang Mipham Choeki-Dawa Rinpoche with additional funds for food and living expenses. This enabled the 19th Yang Goen Rinpoche to be formally enrolled into Drepung Loseling Monastery as a Tulku. Most recently in 2010, the Church sponsored Yang Goen Rinpoche's Geshe Ceremony.
Lhopa Khamtsen of Drepung Loseling Buddhist University of Gelugpa Lineage in Mungod, India
His Holiness Buddha Maitreya visited the Khamtsen in 2000 up to which point it had not received any sponsorship. His Holiness pledged to support the construction of the Khamtsen's prayer hall and work began and was completed in 2001. The prayer hall was inaugurated by His Holiness in an enthronement ceremony during a visit to Drepung in November 2001. In 2002, Further funding from the Church was received to repay construction costs for the Prayer Hall and rooms. Sponsorship was also offered to ease the Khamtsen's water shortage problem and establish a separate water supply. His Holiness visited again in 2002 to see the progress and to give western students the opportunity to witness the work they had supported and contributed towards. The Monastery continues to receive monthly support.
In 2005, Sanat Kumara, His Holiness The Buddha Maitreya was invited to Lumbini, Nepal the sacred birthplace of his previous life as Gautama Buddha and recognized as the incarnation of Maitreya Buddha by the Lumbini Development Trust. In 2010, Buddha Maitreya’s work in Nepal in furthering the message of Lord Buddha was officially recognized and a Certificate of Appreciation presented by the Government of Nepal and Lumbini Development Trust in a Ceremony at the Shambhala Vajradhara Maitreya Sangha Monastery in October 2010.
Dr Rajesh Pradhanang is a homeopathic doctor in Nepal who has assisted His Holiness Buddha Maitreya with his work in Nepal for many years. Initially, under Buddha Maitreya’s guidance he established clinics at several Monasteries and then in 2005 established the first of three Buddha Maitreya Treatment & Healing Centers in Neal offering free treatment – both allopathic and homeopathic medicine (including Soul Therapy and the Shambhala Healing Tools) to those in need. He hosts a regular FM radio show to share about the clinics and in 2008, invited Buddha Maitreya to give a teaching on his work of Soul Therapy at the BICC convention center in Nepal. The talk attending by about 1000 people was one of the last events held at the center before it became the Nepali Parliament.