The 6th Zimwock (Zimog) Tulku Rinpoche, Ngawang Tenzin Trinley Norbu Pal-Sangpo, also known as Zimwock Kunga Lodoe, is a reincarnate lama of the Sakya school of Tibetan Buddhism. His traditional seat is at Nalandra (Nalendra) Monastery in Phenpo close to Lhasa Tibet. Nalandra was famous for its great scholarship as the home of the Tsarpa tradition – one of three branches of the Sakya school. The Tsarpa branch is famous for retaining all the highly prized uncommon or most esoteric meditation lineages of the Sakya school.
Zimwock and Chogye are the two principal Labrangs (houses) of Phenpo Nalandra monastery. HE Zimwock Rinpoche is currently the most senior lineage holder of Tsarpa.
Although the Zimwock Rinpoches were of the Sakya school, they were highly respected as Rimé (non-sectarian) masters of the Vajrayana. For example, Dakpo Tashi Namgyal (1511-1587), from whom the Zimwock Tulku lineage arose, was revered particularly by the Kagyu school for his monumental work on Mahamudra. The 5th Zimwock Rinpoche, Kunga Tenzin(1884-1964), was diligent in seeking out gurus and teachings from the other schools of Tibetan Buddhism and as an elderly monk gave Vajrayogini’s teachings to some of the highest Gelugpa lamas in exile in Dharamsala. The Zimwock Rinpoches were the teachers of the esteemed Chogye Trichen Rinpoches.
Recognition of the Sixth Zimwock Tulku
The 6th Zimwock Tulku Rinpoche was one of the first reincarnated lamas to be recognised and enthroned in exile. He was enthroned at an early age at the Sakya Centre in Rajpur, India, by His Holiness 41st SakyaTrizin. His recognition was endorsed by a number of high lamas including His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama, His Holiness 16th Gyalwang Karmapa, tutor Ling Rinpoche, tutor Trijang Rinpoche and Kathok Tulku Drimed Shingkyong. Witnesses at his investiture included delegates of His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama and His Holiness 16th Gyalwang Karmapa, Yongzin Ling, Trijang Rinpoche’s personal secretary Palden-lak and Kathok Drimed Shinkyong Rinpoche.
Zimwock Rinpoche is recognised as an emanation of Maitreya Buddha, the future Buddha. Some also consider him to be an emanation of the principal Dharma protector Mahakala.
Zimwock Rinpoche received his early education from his father Dzongsar Gang-na Tulku Rinpoche who is one of the two main Tulkus of Derge dzongsar Monastery. (The other known as Ngari tulku) and from his personal tutor Lama Trinle Choedak previuos zimwock”s nephew. In 1983 he began his studies at Sakya College in Dehradun, India, under the renowned scholar the most Venerable Khenchen Appey. He gained a reputation there as a very bright and hard-working student. In 1992 he graduated from Sakya College with an Acharya degree in Buddhist Philosophy and Meditation.
While still completing his studies, the young Zimwock Rinpoche completed solitary retreats under the strict supervision of his father on Vajrapani (5 weeks) and Hevajra (7 months). Completion of these retreats opened the doors for Zimwock Rinpoche to a higher confidence in teaching and offering initiations.
To Switzerland Then Australia
In the tradition of some of the greatest mahasiddhas and secret yogis of Buddhism, Zimwock Rinpoche left the monastery. In 1995, he migrated to Switzerland where he married, raised three daughters and led an apparently secular life. Where he of-course experienced the true nature of life in practicalities.
In December 2008, Zimwock Rinpoche took up the role of teachership of Jamchen Buddhist Centre in Melbourne, Australia. In June 2009, he was given the blessing of His Holiness 41st Sakya Trizin to become Jamchen’s spiritual director. In 2010 His Holiness the Dalai Lama also gave him blessings. Since then he has offered a number of significant empowerments at Jamchen and at interstate and overseas centres. He has taught on ancient texts of the Indian masters Shantideva and Nagarjuna and the great Atisha the disciple of Shantipa. In December each year, Zimwock Rinpoche offers a 3-day puja (drupchoe) to the great Dharma Protector Mahakala for the world peace. High Vajrayana-initiated Dharma students from centres across Australia particpate. The puja is performed in the very traditional way– a unique ceremony rarely conducted in the West.
In The Melbourne Community
Along with offering the essential practices of the Sakya Buddhist tradition, Zimwock Rinpoche has achieved significant recognition in the Melbourne Buddhist community and in inter-faith dialogue. In May 2010 and 2011, he was an invited speaker to the Melbourne celebration of the UN Day of Vesak. In September 2011, he was invited to conduct the annual blessing at the rocks at St Michael’s Uniting Church. Annually, he offers a blessing to animals to celebrate World Animal Day. He sits on the Victorian Police Multifaith Committee.