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For whom who ever need to check the genuine fact that Lama Shenphen Rinpoche is officially recognized as a Tulku, we do publish under two documents which attests it. Photos are also available in the gallery.


Letter writen by the Kharnang Monastery (in 2003) 

[Translation under ] 


 Recognition letter c clear


Translation of the above documentBy Dr. Andrea Losaries - Legally sworn expert (Franckstrass 31 - Graz - Austria)



Honorable Lama Shenphen Rinpoche, born in the Western state of France, having clearly the signs and characteristics (for being) the recurring existence of Lama Gendün Rabgye of Kharnang Monastery in East Tibet, is trusted and accepted by both sections of the monastery.

(Signed) By Kharnang monastery Lamas
on the fourth day of the sixth Tibetan month 

Khar Nangso Monastery

the holder (of the title) Abbot Geshe Damchö



Letter from Sera-Jhe Jhadrel Kangtsen



Translation of the above document:


To (the golden ears) of the Venerable Rinpoche,

The reincarnation of Lama Gendun Rabgye, Karnangso Monastery in Kham, Dzachuka district, Eastern Tibet clearly posesses the genuine, true signs. This is also clearly stated in the recognition letter of the Karnangso central Monastery. Based on these facts, in the Jadel Khamtsen of the Sera Monastery recently on the 16th of December 2005 according to old custom and tradition Lama Gendun Rabgye also known as Shenphen Rinpoche made a general offering to the community of the khamtsen (monastic quarter). 

All the members of the Jadel Khamtsen of the Sear Monastery respectfully offer this recognition letter.


on the 27th of december, 2005

Signature and stamp 

In the name of the community of teachers and staff members of the Sera Monastery`s Jadrel Khamtsen


 Clarification about Tulku recognition


Some think that to recognize a Tulku within the Gelug Tradition, the official recognition from His Holiness the Dalaï-Lama is indispensable. But this is far to be true. In a recent mail, the Office of His Holiness the Dalaï-Lama wrote:
"Thank you for your recent e-mail and for explaining the situation about Tulku Shenphen.""This Office responds truthfully and correctly when inquiries are made to us. For example, we do not have any difficulty in stating that all tulkus and lamas are not recognized by His Holiness the Dalai Lama."
Tenzin Geyche Tethong - Office of His Holiness the Dalai LamaThekchen Choeling - McLeod Ganj 176219 - Dharamsala. (H.P.) - INDIA 

It is due to the critical situation Tibet has gone through, along with political changes and integration of some Western standards (and need of paper, diploma, abuse of Tibetan title, etc...) that His Holiness has been more sollicitate to recognize Tulkus. But, as a matter of fact, the majority of Tulkus are recognised by their past monastery. Of course, the monastery (the Lamas and the Abbot) have to perform all the checkings, according to the traditions, before to recognize officially someone as a Tulku. Often Oracles, Melongs (who read in mirror), and Tibetan astrologist are also questioned. Sometime even, the main Lama or Abbot would go to request a Mo (divination) from His Holiness the Dalai-Lama, without the need of a specific letter from the Office of His Holiness (which remain under some political considerations).

Other important figures of Gelug School able to recognize Tulkus, as the Ganden.tri.pa, the Holder of the Seat of Lama TsongKhaPa or the Panchen Lama. The Ganden.tri.pa is in fact the real leader of the Gelug.pa, even though the Dalaï-Lama has become more popular and do represent nowadays also the Tibetan Buddhism in his intirety to the eyes of the Western public.





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