The Foundation & Founder

The Foundation

Bhutan Nyö Foundation is a religious organization registered with the Commission for Religious Organizations (CRO) since October 2017 under the Religious Organization’s Act of Bhutan. It is an organizational body of the Sumtrhang Monastery. The monastery is founded by Nyö Gyelwa Lhanangpa and his son Nyöton Trulzhig Chojë in the 1220s and sustained by its successive line of incumbents. The Foundation is aimed at working towards conservation and preservation of ancient religion and cultural heritage of the kingdom through the promotion of social volunteerism and value education in the communities by encouraging teaching and practices of Buddha Dharma in pursuit of happiness.

The Founder

The Foundation is a religious organization founded by  His venerable the 28th Sumtrhang Chojë Wangdrag Gyamtsho. Today, His Venerable Sumtrhang Chojë Rinpoche is closely guided by His Holiness Drikung Chabgoen Chetsang Rinpoche under whose patronage the foundation carries out major restoration works of Sumtrhang monastery and various other projects.  In the past, Venerable Chojë Rinpoche studied under the tutelage of  His Holiness the late Lopen Sonam Zangpo Rinpoche at Hongtsho in Bhutan from whom he received most of the pith instructions. He was one of the few who received Vajra Kyilaya as special blessings from the master. Chojë Rinpoche received certain Nyingma instructions  from HE the late Yangthang Rinpoche and some transmissions from HH Dudjom Rinpoche and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche in various occasions in the past. At his youth, he received all the Sumtrhang’s lineage transmissions  from his father, the 27th Sumtrhang Chojë Tshewang Tandin.