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Ka-nying Shedrub Ling Announces Parinirvana of Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche

Kyabje Tsikey Chokling Mingyur Dewey Dorje, 1953–2020.

Ka-nying Shedrub Ling Monastery in Kathmandu on Friday announced the parinirvana of the esteemed Nyingma teacher, writer, meditation master, and terton Kyabjé Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche at the age of 68 in Singapore. 

In a written statement, the abbot of Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling, Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche, stated that Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche had passed away at 10:12 a.m. Singapore time on 18 December in the presence of family members, and had entered a state of thukdam (Tib: ཐུགས་དམ་)—an advanced meditative state practiced by Buddhist masters during the intermediate post-death period.

Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche comes from a long line of masters, including the blood line of Chogyur Lingpa, which includes his father, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and elder brother Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche. Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche was also the father of Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpche and Phakchok Rinpoche.

Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche’s son, Phakchok Rinpoche has requested followers to recite the Vajrasattva mantra, Narak Kong Shak, Drolma (Tara), and supplicate to Guru Rinpoche while Rinpoche remains in thukdam.


Chokling Rinpoche is survived by his wife, Sangyum Dechen Paldon, and four children, Phakchok Rinpoche, Mingyur Paldron, Kelsang Bhuti, and Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche. Well-wishers shared messages of condolence and support over social media.

Ka-nying Shedrub Ling announced that Phakchok Rinpoche and Samye Institute had invited followers around the world to join a global supplication to honor the parinirvana of Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche. The ceremony will be held from 7:30–10:30 p.m. Singapore time on the eighth of the Tibetan Lunar month: 22 December. Chanting will be led in Tibetan by Lama Sherab Dorje. 

Translations from Tibetan will be available in Chinese, English, Indonesian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, and Vietnamese. Login details to join the event online can be found here. Prior registration is not required.

Kyabje Tsikey Chokling Mingyur Dewey Dorje was born Lungtok Gyatso in 1953, the second eldest son of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. He was recognized at Tsurphu Monastery by His Holiness the 16th Gyalwang Karmapa as the fourth reincarnation of the 19th century treasure revealer Terchen Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa and is a holder of his Chokling Tersar lineage of teachings. 

Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche received the transmission of the entire Nyingma lineage from Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Dudjom Rinpoche. From his father, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, he received the transmission for the lineage of Chokling Tersar, the termas revealed by his predecessor the first Chokgyur Lingpa. Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche also studied Buddhist philosophy under Thrangu Rinpoche and received training in tantric rituals from Tenga Rinpoche.

Along with his older brother, Tulku Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche was educated at Rumtek Monastery, the seat of the Karmapa, in the northern Indian state of Sikkim. In 1974, the two brothers joined their father in Kathmandu, Nepal. Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche held the position of Vajra Master at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling, presiding over all Vajrayana rituals for the monastic and lay congregations, bestowing initiations, and offering Dharma teachings.

Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche’s eldest son was recognized by His Holiness Dalai Lama as the reincarnation of the Sixth Phakchok Rinpoche of the Taklung Kagyü lineage, while his youngest son was recognized by Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche as the reincarnation of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche with Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. From
Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche with Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. From

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The Parinirvana of Kyabjé Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche (Samye)
Samye Global Supplication in Honor of Kyabjé Tsikey Chokling Rinpoche (Samye)

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