Simdha Getul Namdak Choying Rinpoche
Simdha Getul Rinpoche is born in year 1986. In his tender age, Tulku Namdak Rinpoche showed much interests in the Dharma and was often deeply engaged playing with prayer items like bells, drums and vajra. He would always ask to be present during pujas and paying great attention to the on goings. Both his parents were amazed with his behaviour and felt that he could well be a reincarnation of a Buddhist master.
When Tulku Namdak Rinpoche was 3-year-old, his father brought him along to attend the Rinchen Terzod empowerment ceremony conducted by H.H the late Trulshik Rinpoche of the Thupchen Choeling Monastery in Solukhumbu, Nepal. While they were there, devotees attending the ceremony were attracted to the extremely unique qualities, calm and matured nature of this child (Tulku Namdak Choying Rinpoche) so much so that many of them sought the blessing of this little child as well as they were convinced that he was indeed a special child.
Due to the special characteristics and qualities that were so obvious to all, his father decided to send him to the Mindrolling Monastery, Dehradun, India to become a monk at the tender age of eight. While at the monastery, they wanted to seek blessings from H.H. the late Kyabje Minling Trichen Rinpoche but were told to return the next day. Abiding by the instruction given, they obediently returned to the monastery the next day. However, the next day, to their surprise Kyabje Minling Trichen Rinpoche informed them that the young boy (Tulku Namdak Choying Rinpoche) is the reincarnation of the renowned master, Anam Rinpoche (Simdha Getok Rinpoche) of (Nyingmapa lineage of Terton Nyidha Sangye) Simdha Sangchen Tashi Choeling Monastery, Tibet. This monastery, which has an 800 over- year-old history, is amongst the oldest Buddhist monasteries in the world and it lies in Derge, Kham district, a region located in Eastern Tibet near the border with Sichuan.
Tulku Namdak Choying Rinpoche began his monastic life at Mindrolling Monastery at the age of eight learning the art of reading and writing Tibetan in addition to being trained in the art of Buddhist rites and rituals and chanting of Sadhana in accordance with the Nyingmapa tradition of the monastery. Mindrolling Monastery is the main source or mother monastery of the whole Nyingmapa tradition.
Kyabje Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche and Kyabje Shechen Gyaltsab Rinpoche formally enthroned Tulku Namdak Choying Rinpoche at Bodhgaya in 1997 during the Nyingma Monlam. He was also enthroned in his own monastery (Simdha Sangchen Tashi Choeling Monastery, Tibet) in 2006 during his first visit to Tibet.
From 1998 onwards, Tulku Namdak Rinpoche continued his studies at Shechen Monastery in Nepal and obtained important teachings from different lineage holders.
In 2003, Tulku Namdak Rinpoche received oral transmission and empowerment of Dham-ngag Dzö (Treasure of Instructions), A Collection of Profound Lineage of Pure Visions Of The Eight Different School of Tibet by Jamgon Kongtul Rinpoche from H.H. the late Trulshik Rinpoche at Shechen Monastery in Nepal.
In 2007, Rinpoche received the Ngondro Instruction of Longchen Nyingtik from H.H. the Kyabje Dodrupchen Rinpoche at Sikkim during the time when rinpoche has had gone for the pilgrimage to Holy Bumchu, Tashi ding.
In 2011, Rinpoche has received the Kalachakra Empowerment Teachings from H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama at the holy place of Bodh Gaya and many other teachings including the precious empowerment of Avalokiteshvara in Dharamsala.
In 2013, Rinpoche has received Oral transmission and empowerment of the Teachings and Philosophical Commentary of Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche from H.H. the Kyabje Namkhai Nyingpo Rinpoche at Phuntsokling, Bhutan.
In 2015, Rinpoche has received Ratna Lingpa Terma's empowerment from the H.H. the Kyabje Yangthang Rinpoche at Shechen Moanstery in Nepal.
In 2019, Rinpoche has received oral transmission of the collected work of Terton Rigdzin Jigme Lingpa and Dza Patrul Rinpoche and the empowerments of the Root Volume of Longchen Nyingtik from H.H. the Kyabje Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche at Shechen Monastery, Nepal and prior that, he has also received many other oral transmissions and empowerments including the oral transmission of a collection of Nyingma Tantra (Nyingma Gyübum).
He received empowerments and reading transmissions of Kama (Transmitted Precepts) which is the most precious teachings of the Nyingmapa school three times, once from from Kyabje Taklung Tsetul Rinpoche at Mindrolling Monastery in India, and twice from H.H. the late Kyabje Trulshik Rinpoche at Shechen Monastery, Nepal. In addition, he has also received empowerments and readings transmission of Rinchen Terzor (Precious Treasures) from the H.H. the late Trulshik Rinpoche (former head of Nyingmapa sect) at Thupten Choeling Monastery in Solukhumbu, Nepal in 1989.
He also received precious teachings from many other masters such as H.H. the late Kyabje Penor Rinpoche, Khenchen Pema Sherab, and many other great teachers from many lineage holders.
Tulku Namdak Rinpoche continued his studies in Buddhist philosophy at the renowned Shechen Philosophical College, Nepal. He has also transmitted precious teachings such as 37 Practices of Bodhisattva by Nyingchu Thogmed, Letter to Friend by Arya Nagarjuna, Boddhisattva Charyaavatara Engaging in Boddhisattva Behaviour by Shantideva and other important teachings to the sanghas at Shechen Monastery, Nepal.
Besides his studies, he has made it point to go on pilgrimage around the countries as a part of his practise and also has stayed many short retreats in Bhutan, Nepal and India.
In 2006, Tulku Namdak Rinpoche visited his monastery, Simdha Sangchen Tashi Choeling in Tibet for the first time. Later in the future, he could meet with the Simdha Dzogtrul Rinpoche and others twice; once in 2013 and later in 2016. However, due to the current political circumstances in Tibet, Tulku Namdak Rinpoche is unable to visit his monastery in Tibet as often as he wish. His monastery complex which comprises many buildings namely main hall, monks’ and nuns’ quarters, school, retreats and meditation Centres is currently home to about 600 Monks, Nuns, Khenpos and lamas. Those residing there have dedicated their lives to spiritual learnings and practice.
An air of anticipation and jubilation hang over the devotees, disciples and monks of the monastery who were eagerly waiting to meet their reincarnated master for the very first time. It was an extremely emotionally filled event for everyone present, as many of them knew about his previous life's virtuous deeds and achievements and have had fond memories of him.
Due to his tremendous past contributions, high hopes and expectations have been placed onto Tulku Namdak Rinpoche’s shoulder to perform his utmost in the spread of Dharma in order to inspire, benefit and liberate all sentient beings from their sufferings. This calling has always been the very essence and at the heart of his motivation to bring forth happiness to all through his present-day altruistic deeds.
Presently,Tulku Namdak Rinpoche has founded the Orgyen Pema Buddhist Society in Kathmandu, Nepal in the year 2018 and a part of this organisation is as well registered in Jakarta, Indonesia, The primal objective of this organisation is to spread the Buddha Dharma. However, we will work on the betterment of the society and people around and especially in the rural and backward areas. He is also travelling around the world to give teachings in Buddhism in his endeavours to help all sentient beings and support his monastery and the Orgyen Pema Foundation. So far Rinpoche has travelled for pilgrimages and dharma teachings to Malaysia, Singapore, Macau, Hongkong, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, Bhutan, China, Tibet, Paris, London, Russia, Adelaide and South-Australia. It’s his hope that he could do much more to spread the teachings of Buddha and making the world a better place for all.