Jigme Tromge Rinpoche is the spiritual guide of Ati Ling. The son of H.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, at a young age Rinpoche was recognized by Chokling Rinpoche as his previous life’s son Tsewang Norbu, who was an emanation of Yudra Nyingpo, one of Guru Rinpoche’s twenty-five disciples. In April, 2000, he received the full cycle of the Duddul and Longsal Nyingpo lineages from Kyabje Mogtza Rinpoche, of Kat’hog Gonpa in Tibet.
Rinpoche was born in 1964 in Orissa, India, where he had the good fortune to receive a traditional Buddhist education. He has had extensive training in the teachings and practices of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and has studied with many great masters of our time including H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche, H.H. Khyentse Rinpoche and H.H. Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche. He also studied philosophy with Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche and at the philosophy school of Penor Rinpoche.
Rinpoche immigrated to the United States in 1988. After completing the traditional three-year retreat under the guidance of his father, he moved to Ati Ling in 1992 and became its resident lama. Rinpoche now travels throughout North and South America and Asia giving teachings and counseling people with his gentle wisdom and warmth. As authorized by his teacher the Dzogchen master Khenpo Ngagchung of eastern Tibet, and at Chagdud Khadro’s request, Jigme Rinpoche now offers Dzogchen teachings in the context of the annual retreats that Chagdud Rinpoche initiated in Brazil. Rinpoche also presides as Vajra Master for Essence of Siddhi and Vajrakilaya drubchens held at Khadro Ling.
Besides the monasteries in Tibet and Nepal for which he is jointly responsible, he is the founder and director of the Padmasambhava Peace Institute, and director of the Mahakaruna Foundation, an international charitable organization founded by Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche that offers assistance to the old, sick and impoverished in various parts of Asia, and also works to preserve Tibetan Buddhist culture.