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.
Later, he received Empowerments of “Chenrezig”, “Shakyamuni Buddha” as well as “Manjushri” from His Holiness the 18th Dromtug Rinpoche on 21 and 22 March 2010. That marked his turning-point towards Mahayana Buddhism. He developed great interest in Mahayana Buddhism through reading extensively on Buddhist texts written by re-known Mahayana scholars.
Being an accountant by profession, Badriya is always looking out for new ways to bring the Buddha’s precious teachings across to anyone who may be interested. He is very skilful at propagating Buddhadharma through Microsoft power-point presentations, and also preparing / drawing up tables, charts, diagrams and process flowcharts (as per Teaching web page) to make it easier for people to follow.
By the late 2010s, Badriya has been assisting H.E. Gontug Rinpoche in conducting weekly Dharma classes to the public at the Kadhampa Society’s premise. He has also shared his wide knowledge of Buddhism in a “Talk” at the Monash Interfaith Gathering in August 2011. Together with H.E. Gontug Rinpoche, they have travelled abroad to conduct Dharma classes in Malaysia and Singapore in April and May of 2012.