Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche IX was born in Eastern Tibet and enthroned as the Supreme Abbott of Thrangu Monastery by His Holiness Gyalwang Karmapa. Rinpoche underwent rigorous scholastic and meditative training under various Tibetan Kagyu and Nyingma masters in India and Bhutan and came to Australia in 1980. In Australia Rinpoche is the spiritual director of E-Vam Institute Melbourne, Maitripa Centre, Healesville, and Yeshe Nyima: Indo-Tibetan Yoga in Harris Park. Rinpoche also established E-Vam Institute, New York, and Nyima Tashi Kagyu Buddhist Centre, Auckland.
Rinpoche became well known for his erudition, fluency in English and background in western psychology, comparative religion and philosophy. He inaugurated the annual Buddhist Summer School, now in its 31st year, and the bi-annual Buddhism and Psychotherapy Conferences, which have been hosted for more than a decade. He is the author of a number of books including The Essence of Buddhism now in its third printing, and established Shogam Publications, which has three titles to date.
Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche passed away on 24 July 2012 however is legacy lives on in his centres and projects established world wide.