Ngawang Sungrab Phagyab Rinpoche is a ranking Tibetan Buddhist
lama in the Gelugpa order. Born in Kham, Tibet in 1966 and
ordained at the age of thirteen, Rinpoche began his monastic
training at Ashi Monastery in Eastern Tibet before transferring
to Sera Mey Monastery in South India where he trained under
the tutelage of Ven. Khenpo Lobsang Jamyang and Ven. Khensur
Geshe Tinle Topgye. In 1994, he was recognized as the eighth
reincarnation of the Phagyab lama, a renowned Buddhist teacher
from Eastern Tibet.
Rinpoche is a powerful exemplar of the potential we all
have to cultivate the life of the Bodhisattva or spiritual
hero. A steadfast advocate of the non-violent resolution
of conflict, Rinpoche brings humility, cheer and boundless
compassion to his teaching. His personal story of self-healing
from several severe medical conditions vividly demonstrates
our inherent potential to heal ourselves physically, mentally
and emotionally. His radical healing has astonished his doctors,
friends and students alike and serves as a vivid reminder that we
all have the ability to transform obstacles into resources
for spiritual awakening.
Rinpoche currently resides in Queens, New York where he
is learning English and establishing a Buddhist Dharma center.
He aspires to teach Buddhism widely and to foster ecumenical
dialogue between practitioners of Buddhism and other spiritual
and healing traditions. Rinpoche welcomes questions and requests
from students of all faiths and backgrounds.