LAMA KUNGA RINPOCHE was born in Lhasa, Tibet, in the wood-pig year, 1935. At the age of seven Rinpoche was recognized as a tulku -- a reincarnation of Sevan Repa, heart disciple of the great sage Milarepa. Rinpoche entered the monastery and by age sixteen was ordained a monk. At the time of his escape from Tibet in 1959, he was vice-abbot (Thartse Sbabtrung) of Ngor Monastery, Sakya tradition. Geshe Wangyal, under the auspices of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, brought Rinpoche and three other young lamas to the United States in 1962. Founder and resident lama at Ewam Choden Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Center, Rinpoche has authored, with Brian Cutillo, two translations of Milarepa's stories and songs: Drinking the Mountain Stream (1978) and Miraculous Journey (1986), published by Lotsawa. He collaborated with Melody Sumner Carnahan on his father's autobiography, In the presence of my enemies: memoirs of Tibetan nobleman Tsipon Shuguba (1995), published by Clear Light, Santa Fe.


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