The 1st Zuri Rinpoche was originally based in Tsurphu Monastery of Tibet. Located near Lhasa, it has been the main seat of the Karma Kagyu Lineage (one of the four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism) and residence of the successive incarnations of the Gyalwang Karmapas. The 1st Zuri Rinpoche went to Qinghai later in his lifetime. Following the Karmapa's wishes and due to karmic connections, he settled there and stayed in Thrangu Monastery until his seventh incarnation. Traditionally he is one of the four main Rinpoches of Thrangu Monastery.
There are four Rinpoches who have guided and benefited this magnificant monastery: the Venerable Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche, Thrangu Rinpoche, Zuri Rinpoche and Lodro Nyima Rinpoche. These masters have all taken rebirth at this monastery many times in order to uphold this sacred and holy place with the compassionate wish that beings in the future may continue to benefit from the Buddha Dharma.
In each of his past lives, Zuri Rinpoche was renowned for his practice of Vajrakilaya. The 7th Zuri Rinpoche, for example, have attained enlightenment by reciting the Vajrakilaya Mantra 1,300 million times in his small retreat hut overhanging the cliff of the Princess Wencheng Temple in Qinghai. This is still recounted by his disciples and the ederly monks there by this day. The 7th Zuri Rinpoche passed away in Bhutan, thus created the origination of his next incarnation in this Himalayan kingdom. The 8th Zuri Rinpoche has carried on the powerful tradition of Vajrakilaya practice and Tsok offerings unceasingly for the benefit of sentient beings.
Born in Bhutan, the Venerable 8th Zuri Rinpoche was recognized by His Holiness the 16th Karmapa at two months old. At two, His Holiness presided over his enthronement ceremony in Bhutan in the presence of the Karmapa's four heart sons and many renowned Rinpoches. He was bestowed the Dharma name Karma Migyur Tenpei Gyaltshen Jigme Gocha.
At a young age, Rinpoche entered Rumtek Monastery, the Karmapa's seat in Sikkim, India, to receive intensive tradtional Buddhist education. He studied at the Karma Shri Nalanda Institute and performed brilliantly under the guidance of the Karmapa. He then proceeded to Nepal to further his studies in the three yanas, the five major treatises and the four tantras in the Namo Buddha Institute. Moreover, he studied extensively in India and Bhutan. He had also received empowerments and teachings of various lineages such as from the Kagyu masters the Very Venerable 9th Thrangu Rinpoche, the 1st Kalu Rinpoche, and the Nyingma master Tullku Urgyen Rinpoche and etc.. He started the spreading of Dharma in 1993.
A qualified lineage teacher and a great reincarnation master, the Venerable 8th Zuri Rinpoche is highly commended by His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje. Rinpoche said in his teachings that being a Rinpoche (meaning the "precious one" in Tibetan), his mission is to benefit all sentient beings for them to attain true happiness. At the same time, being a member of the "Golden Rosary" of the Karma Kagyu lineage, he is obliged to contribute to the prosperity of the Karma Kagyu Lineage and Buddhism as a whole. Committed in the Bodhisattva Path to spread the Dharma and liberate all sentient beings from samsara, Rinpoche travelled to and from Bhutan, Hong Kong, Mainland China and Taiwan, setting up Buddhist centres, giving teachings, conducting pujas, holding retreats and animal protection activities.