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Songtsen was founded by Taklung Tsetrul Pema Wangyal Rinpoche, the eldest son of the late Kangyur Rinpoche. Pema Wangyal Rinpoche was born in Rong Dakmar, central Tibet. His family escaped from Tibet in 1958 and eventually resettled in Darjeeling, India. After Kangyur Rinpoche passed away in 1975, Pema Wangyal Rinpoche and his family settled in Dordogne, France.
Under the guidance of Kyabje Kangyur Rinpoche, Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche, and other great masters of Tibetan Buddhism, Pema Wangyal Rinpoche has studied extensively and spent many years in retreat.
Dedicated to continuing the activities of his teachers and aspiring to fulfil their wishes, Pema Wangyal Rinpoche has shaped the organization’s activities for more than three decades. With his intimate knowledge of the needs of the Tibetan community in exile, as well as Himalayan communities in need, he has continuously cared for the needs of Tibetan people with the help of international donors. Rinpoche frequently travels to Asia to oversee educational, cultural and development projects.
Rinpoche has been active as a teacher since 1975, giving teachings at the request of Dharma groups and institutions around the world, making the teachings accessible in the form of seminars, courses, and providing students with individual guidance. Since 1980, Rinpoche has been guiding the traditional three-year intensive practise and study retreats in France. In 2000, Rinpoche established the ‘parallel retreats’ as an alternative to the three-year retreat, allowing Buddhist practioners with families to follow a cycle of teachings similar to that of an intensive retreat.
Pema Wangyal Rinpoche’s longstanding concern with the preservation of rare texts has led him to initiate many projects centred on the conservation and restoration of ancient manuscripts, their calligraphic or computer transcription and reprinting. He also supervises the translation and preservation work of the Padmakara Translation Group in France.