Top: left to right, Rölpe Dorje Rinpoche,
Karma Senge Rinpoche, Khenpo Tsering Gyurme, Gesar Mukpo, Lady
Diana Mukpo, Ashoka Mukpo, Garwang Rinpoche, Lamen Dr Mitchell
Chandali, David Mukpo. Taken at Surmang Namgyaltse, 2002.
The Mukpo Family Lineage
Surmang is the spiritual home of the lineage of reincarnated Buddhist
teachers known as the Trungpa Tulkus. They trace their ancestry
back over the centuries. The Vidyadhara, the Venerable Chögyam
Trungpa was the eleventh Trungpa Tulku. He was born into the Mukpo
clan of Tibet, whose great ancestor was the famous monarch Gesar
Mukpo clan includes the Vidyadhara’s surviving family, who
also bear the name Mukpo, in addition to any other honorific titles
or religious names also given to them.
direct family connection between the Mukpo clan and Surmang—the
religious and temporal seat of the Trungpa Tulkus—is at the
heart of the Konchok Foundation.
Foundation is named after Lady Kunchok Palden, the mother of the
Vidyadhara’s eldest son, Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. She fled
Tibet into exile with the Vidyadhara in 1959 and revisited Surmang
again for the first time in 2001 when she accompanied the Sakyong.
For a description of this visit, please see Auspicous
Diana Mukpo, the Vidyadhara’s widow and holder of the title
Druk Sakyong Wangmo, is one of the founders of the Konchok Foundation.
Together with her current husband, Acharya Mitchell Levy, MD, she
visited Surmang in 2002. For a description of this visit please
see Visit of Lady Diana Mukpo
and Acharya Mitchell Levy 2002.
the most recent statement of commitment to Surmang on behalf of the
Konchok Foundation, please see Statement by Sakyong Mipham