Wangyal is abbot of the pilgrimage site Muktinath-Chumig Gyatsa
in the Himlalayas of Nepal. His family guru is Chatral
Rinpoche. Lama-la has been born in Muktinath Valley in the Himalayas
of Nepal. At the time his grandfather, Jampal Rabgyé Rinpoche,
was the head of the Gye Lhaki Dung. This lineage is popularly known
as the 'Lama Domar family', an unbroken lineage of Tibetan Buddhist
Nyingma lamas from Muktinath Valley who have the pilgrimage site
Gyatsa* as their religious seat.
When Lama Wangyal was thirteen his grandfather, Jampal Rabgyé
Rinpoche, declared that his grandson Wangyal would be his successor
as head of the Gye Lhaki Dung and abbot of Chumig Gyatsa. Thereafter
Lama Wangyal went into retreat under the direct guidance of his
grandfather. This was a retreat of 3 years, 3 months, 3 weeks and
In the Year of the Horse (1978) Jampal Rabgyé Rinpoche died
at 71 years and Lama Wangyal became abbot of Chumig Gyatsa, or as
the Nepali people say, 'Muktinath Lama'. Like all lamas of Chumig
Gyatsa were, Muktinath Lama Wangyal became a Ngagpa, a Buddhist
tantric practisioner having a householders live.
Lama Wangyal had a difficult start. Being the head of the family
he had to focus on earning money to support his family - which he
did by trading carpets - while his beloved guru, Jampal Rabgyé
Rinpoche, died in an early stage of his education.
In spite of being the head of a strong lineage and receiving teachings
and empowerments of other great lamas, for many years Lama Wangyal
lived a spiritually undisciplined life. In the early nineties of
the last century this situation slowly started to change and in
1995 he decided to stop any trade. Before the great stupa in Boudhanath
he vowed to abstain for the rest of his live from eating meat, fish
and egg and from drinking alcohol, and so he did.
Nowadays the Dharma and guiding the nuns of Muktinath-Chumig Gyatsa,
who are the traditional caretakers of Muktinath, is central to his
live. The ones he teaches consider themselves very fortunate.
direction of Chatral Rinpoche Lama Wangyal never travelled outside
India and Nepal.**
* In 1818 Shabkar connected himself to this pilgrimage
site, as we can read in Shabkar's
See also the recently published public declaration
of Chatral Rinpoche, at Dudjomba.Org.