Choeze Kuchen | History of Choeze Kuchen Rinpoche
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History of Choeze Kuchen Rinpoche

Choeze Kuchen Rinpoche is the founder of Choeze Thupten Dhargyeling Monastery located in the eastern part of Tibet in Kham under the Yushu, Qinghai Province, China. Choeze Monastery in Kham was founded by the 8th incarnation of Choeze Kuchen Rinpoche, also known as Choeze Denma Shathri Tulku almost 500 years ago. He is regarded as the manifestation of Yamantaka (a wrathful aspect of Manjushri).


The 1st Choeze Kuchen Rinpoche, known as Palchen Nyedphupa, is one of the eight Heart Sons (bhulhob) of the founder of Drikung Kyagud sect and great enlightened being, Lord Kyopa Jigten Sumgon, who lived almost 800 years ago. The 1st Choeze Kuchen Rinpoche was bestowed the title β€œPal” by Kyopa Jigten Sumgon. According to the records of biographies of Choeze Kuchen Rinpoche, it was written that after the Parinirvana of Lord Kyopa Jigten Sumgon, Palchen Nyedphupa flew from Drikung region of Tibet to Kham Denkhog. He mediated at a cave in Denkhog and many followers gathered for teachings. It is written that he also established a monastery in Denkhog.


Later, one of the reincarnations, Choeze Denma Shathri (it is said that Rinpoche rode a stag from Denkhog to Dzachukha along Dza river. The stag was killed for his meat and it is said that Rinpoche assembled the skin and bones of the stag and brought the stag back to life) established the Choeze Thupten Dargyeling Monastery, which then served as the main seat for later reincarnations of Choeze Kuchen Rinpoche.