Gyalwai Nyugu (also known as Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche) was born in 1975 in Pema (Cn. Banma), the Golok region of Amdo (Cn. Qinghai) inChina. He was endowed with the name Manchoe Gyalbo by Oshe Lama Chengda at the age of three. Osel Rinpoche inKa’ang Monastery recognised him as a reincarnation of a high lama. He was ordained and received his novice vows at the age of fourteen.
At the age of fifteen, Gyalwai Nyugu went to Sertar, Ganze area in Sichuan and relied on Khenpo Pema Choeyang Shyada (Khenpo Choekyab) who was regarded as an emanation of Milarepa of the time and observed very pure precepts. In six years, he studied many sutras and commentaries on Vinaya (Precepts) and received many empowerments and instructions in the Nyingma tradition from Khenpo Choekyab.
At the age of twenty-one, Gyalwai Nyugu went to Larung Gar, the Centre for the Five Traditional Sciences and Higher Buddhist Studies. From Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok, he received extensive teachings on different schools of Tibetan Buddhism, including Nyingma, Gelug, Kadampa, Kagyu, Sakya etc, and studied the majority of Longchenpa’s,Mipham Rinpoche’s and Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok’s writings.
At the age of twenty-six , following the prophecy of Wisdom Dakini, he went to Yachen Gar (Yachen Monastery) in Ganze,Sichuan. When he met Jamyang Lungdok Gyaltsen Rinpoche (Lama Achuk), tremendous devotion arose in his mind. Lama Achuk was one of the foremost masters of Dzogchen in all of Tibet. He then served Lama Achuk perfectly in the three ways of pleasing the guru, and received many profound teachings from him, especially the empowerments on luminous essence of the mind and instructions in accordance with Longsal and Longchen Nyingtig in Nyingma tradition.
Gyalwai Nyugu practised the pith instructions of the innermost secret unsurpassed cycle of Dzogchen practice given by Lama Achuk day and night. His practice and realisation has been recognised and highly praised by Lama Achuk. He became one of the eminent heart disciples of Lama Achuk. Lama Achuk recognised him as a reincarnation of Jigme Gyalwai Nyugu. He said, “Jigme Lingpa was one of the heart disciples of Longchenpa and his lineage holder was Jigme Gyalwai Nyugu. Gyalwai Nyugu (Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche) is the reincarnation of Jigme Gyalwai Nyugu. I give this authentication to him who possesses the wisdom of knowing all as it is and as it appears.
In 2004, in accordance with the Vajra prophecy of Lama Achuk , Gyalwai Nyugu successfully opened the gate of the Phurba holy mountain where he revealed two earth termas from their place of concealment. The auspicious aspirations were made as vast as the ocean for the benefit of the Buddha Dharma and limitless sentient beings.
Gyalwai Nyugu started turning the wheel of Dharma and giving teachings on both Sutrayana and Mantrayana towards Tibetan and Chinese devotees in year 2001. Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche yearned to undertake a retreat in a cave for life like his previous life Jigme Gyalwai Nyugu , however Lama Achuk requested him not to stay in solitary practice and instead to compassionately and extensively give the teachings of Dzogchen to sentient beings. Therefore to fulfill the wishes of his guru Lama Achuk, Gyalwai Nyugu has been tirelessly transmitting the teachings of Dzogchen Practice to disciples with whom he has karmic connections from all over the world.
By the end of year 2015, he has a vast followers from at home and abroad, including Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Taiwan, USA and Vietnam.