to establish a model of true cultivation for living beings, His Holiness sought dharma from many human masters and completed many years of solitary retreat. At the age of fifteen, His Holiness was proficient in painting mandalas, calligraphy, ceramics, architecture, astrology, and many other skills.
Based upon the predictions of the Dakinis in 1957 concerning the circumstances Tibet would face, H.H. Dodrupchen Rinpoche arrived in Sikkim. At first His Holiness did not reveal His status. However, a greatly accomplished person in Sikkim who was the master of the king of Sikkim told the king that the true Padmasambhava had arrived in Sikkim and strongly urged the king to become a disciple of H.H. Dodrupchen Rinpoche. Later, after repeated entreaties by the king of Sikkim, His Holiness assumed the position of National Master of Sikkim. His Holiness also recognized the identity or status of H.E. the seventh Dzogchen Dharma King and conducted the enthronement ceremony for that dharma king.
H.H. Dodrupchen Rinpoche has always had a gentle disposition and has always been a humble, simple person totally devoid of all affectation. At every moment and wherever he is, his compassionate conduct serves as a model to guide living beings. The status of H.H. the fourth Dodrupchen Rinpoche is higher than that of many other great and holy dharma kings. His disciples can be found in each of the major lineages. Numerous disciples of His Holiness are world-renown great masters of their generation, including many famous lineage-holders. Examples include H.E. the seventh Dzogchen Dharma King; Sogyal Rinpoche; H.H. Dharma King Renzeng Nima; H.H. Wish Fulfilling Jewel Dharma King Jigme Phuntsok; H.H. Wish Fulfilling Jewel Dharma King Tuoga; Dakini Dare Lamu (Nianlong Holy Mother); the king of Sikkim; the fifth Dodrupchen, H.E. Tudeng Longyang Renzeng Gyatso Dharma King; and others. H.H. the fourth Dodrupchen Rinpoche is the greatest master and dharma king of the Nyingma sect.
After reading the book A Treasury of True Buddha-Dharma in December of 2006, H.H. Dodrupchen Dharma King marveled at the accomplishments of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Wan Ko Yeshe Norbu and promptly wrote a congratulatory letter to H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III.