H.H. Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang Rinpoche
His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang is one of two heads of the Drikung Kagyu order of Tibetan Buddhism. Born in 1946 in Lhasa, Tibet, then recognized at the age of four as the reincarnation of the previous Drikung Kyabgon and formally enthroned and educated at Drikung Thil, the main monastery of the Drikung Kagyu order in central Tibet. In 1959, China closed the monastery, and H.H. Chetsang was adopted by his former tutor, His Eminence Gyabra Rinpoche. After spending many years in a Chinese re-education and labor camp, Chetsang went to the U.S. to continue his education and earn a living.
In 1978, he returned to India, taking up rigorous Buddhist practice, retreats, and instruction from many of the greatest living masters of Tibetan Buddhism. In 1985, he founded the Drikung Kagyu Institute, Jang Chub Ling, which provides traditional monastic and modern education to 450 monks and nuns; a meditation retreat center; and a project to collect and preserve all the Drikung Kagyu texts, as well as document the ways of life, philosophy, and religious traditions of the peoples of the Himalayas.