Ven. Thubten Nyingpo Rinpoche's incarnations can be traced back to the extraordinary Atsara Sale, who lived in 9th century Tibet. Atsara Sale, one of the heart sons of Guru Rinpoche, was renowned as a great practitioner of Vajrakilaya, and a consort of Yeshe Tsogyal. Their relationship has become the source of inspiration for students through the ages.
The first incarnation known as Thubten Nyingpo was the younger brother and close disciple of the great 19th century Drikung Treasure revealer Nuden Dorje. The first Thubten Nyingpo Rinpoche became a great siddha, highly accomplished in the practices of Chöd and Vajrakilaya. Students of the Drikung lineage should note that the present Thupten Nyingpo's previous incarnation was one of the root Drikung teachers of the present Garchen Rinpoche. At an empowerment that Garchen Rinpoche gave in 2004, he mentioned that the Lama whom he received this empowerment from, as well as all The 50 Empowerments of Lord Jigten Sumgon, was the previous Tulku Thubten Nyingpo. In this lifetime, H.E. Garchen Rinpoche is Thubten Nyingpo’s root lama, and they are very close. Likewise, Gar Rinpoche told his students at a teaching in New York State in 2004, that Rinpoche’s students should make every effort to receive teachings from Tulku Thubten Nyingpo, that they should run, not walk, to go and receive teachings from Thubten Nyingpo Rinpoche!
Thubten Nyingpo’s teachers include H.H. Chetsang Rinpoche, H.E. Garchen Rinpoche, Ven. Ontul Rinpoche, Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche, and Drubwang Rinpoche. Rinpoche has studied and practiced in Tibet, at Jangchub Ling, and also at the Payul (Nyingma) Shedra in South India. His activities at his Monastery include creating a new Shedra (Scriptural College), as well as a school to care for and educate local children.
Following in the tradition of his previous incarnations, the present Thubten Nyinpo Rinpoche is also an accomplished Chöd Master and Vajrakilaya practitioner.