His Eminence the 18th Gontug Rinpoche is a high rank Rinpoche as certified by His Holiness Kadham Trichen Rinpoche. The name Gontug denotes the ‘mind’ emanation of Gonbawa, who lived from 1016 to 1082.
Gontug Rinpoche has received the Highest Yoga Tantra Empowerment of Yamantaka on 5th January 1997 by His Holiness Kadham Trichen Rinpoche and also the Heruka Empowerment as well as the Guhyasamaja Empowerment subsequently. Rinpoche was ordained as a monk on 9th March 2004 in Taiwan and was given the name Losang Kunga. Rinpoche received his Bikshu vow on the 27th May 2004 from Geshe Topgyal from Jangtse Monastery at the Tibetan Colony in Mundgod, Karnataka, India.
Rinpoche took over as Abbot of the Mahayana Monastery in Nepal in 2006 and also received Master degree in both the Sutra and the Tantras from The Mahayana Buddhist Monastic College. Rinpoche was assigned by His Holiness Kadham Trichen Rinpoche to set up the Kadhampa Buddhist Society of Australia in 2012.
Rinpoche has been very active and committed in propagating Mahayana Buddhism and engaging in community services both in Glen Waverley and in the state of Victoria. He held various key committee positions, twice as treasurer and later as the vice-chair of the Australian Sangha Association during the past consecutive years. He is also among the working-committee of the Monash Interfaith Group, and is currently a Special Religious Instructor for Buddhism at Essex Heights Primary School, Mount Waverley, in addition to volunteering as a Chaplain for the Emergencies Ministry in Victoria.