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His Holiness Trulku Jigme Choeda

His Holiness Trulku Jigme Choeda was born in Lhuntsi in 1955. As a child, His Holiness recalled in his former life and was recognized as the reincarnation of Geshe Pema Tshering, the learned sage of Tharpaling in Bumthang.

Trulku joined the Druk Sanga Choling Monastery in Darjeeling, India, at the age of eight. HH received an ordination of monk with commitment from Drukpa Thuksey Rinpochey and studied under Khenpo Sonam Dargye and Khenpo Noryang. Later, His Holiness studied under Dudjom Rimpoche in India. 

His Holiness retuned to Bhutan at the age of 15 to study at the Tango Drupdey in Thimphu under His Holiness the 68th Je Khenpo Ngawang Tenzin Dhondup.

His Holiness received the complete initiations and teachings of the Drukpa Kagyu tradition and Dzogchen (highest realization). He mastered the Mahamudra practices (chag-chen), the meditations of Naro Choedrug (the six circles of Ro-Nyom Kordrug).

His Holiness Trulku Jigme Choeda

Trulku also studied Rigney (study of language and literature) and Zhungchens (study of the 13 different philosophical texts) under His Holiness Geshey Geduen Rinchen. His Holiness completed Losum Choesum, a meditation retreat of 3 years, 3 months and 3 days, three times.


His Holiness was appointed as the head at the Tango Monastery and taught language and Buddhist Philosophy. He was appointed as the Drapai Lopen of the Central Monk Body in 1986 only to be resigned in 1990 but in 1995, His Majesty King Jigme Singye Wangchuck appointed him as the Dorji Lopen.

In 1996, the Trulku was appointed as the 70th Jekhenpo, the Chief Abbot of the Central Monastic Body of Bhutan, at the age of 40. HH made history as the youngest to ascend to the throne of Jekhenpo.

His Holiness Trulku Jigme Choeda

His Holiness is renowned for taking major initiatives to benefit sentient beings, the poor and the vulnerable sections in particular. Tradition of offering cash and other offerings to the clergy during cremation ceremonies was forbidden in 2000.

In 2002, HH banned the sale of meat on auspicious days and serving of meat during religious ceremonies.

His Majesty the King conferring the highest civilian award to HH the Jekhenpo

His Majesty the King conferred Ngadha Palgi Khorlo, the Highest Civilian Decoration in the country, the Order of The Druk Gyalpo, to His Holiness the Je Khenpo, on behalf of the people of Bhutan, in recognition of his lifetime of service to the nation during the 111th National Day in Samtse in 2018.

His Holiness is the longest and incumbent Jekhenpo, tirelessly presiding over countless Moenlam Chenmo (Peace Prayer) and oral transmissions across the country, for the peace and prosperity in the world. This is aside is regular duty of overseeing welfare of the Central Monastic Body.

8 thoughts on “His Holiness Trulku Jigme Choeda: 70th Jekhenpo Of Bhutan

  1. Please when you talk about ordination, you must clear what kind of ordination. Note: before age of the 20 monks are not allow to take higher ordination.

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