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Tanpai Nyima was born in Panam in Tsang in 1782. The 8th Dalai Lama recognised him as the reincarnation of Panchen Palden Yeshe. In 1784 the Dalai Lama gave him the upaseka ordination and named him Lobsang Palden Tenpe Nyima. In 1789 Tenpe Nyima received his novice ordination from the 8th Dalai Lama, and the full ordination in 1801. He also received many teachings on the sutras and tantras from the Dalai Lama.
In 1808 Panchen Tenpai Nyima performed the hair cutting ceremony of the 9th Dalai Lama; he also gave him the upaseka ordination and the name Lobzang Tenpe Jungne Lungtog Gyatso. In 1812, he gave the Dalai Lama the novice ordination.
In 1822, he performed the hair cutting ceremony of the 10th Dalai Lama and also gave him the upaseka ordination and the name Ngagwang Lobzang Jampel Tenzin Tsultrim Gyatso. He also gave him the novice ordination. In 1833, he gave the 10th Dalai Lama his full ordination and many special instructions on the practice of sutras and tantras.
In 1841, he performed the hair cutting ceremony of the 11th Dalai Lama and named him Ngagwang Kalsang Tenpe Dronme Kedrub Gyatso. In 1844 he took the office of Sikyong (i.e. ad interim ruler of Tibet) for nine months, as the former regent, Tsomon Ling, had to resign from his post. In those nine months he gave the Dalai Lama many teachings on sutras and tantras. In 1846, he gave the Dalai Lama the novice ordination. He had great respect for his spiritual master, the 8th Dalai Lama, Jampel Gyatso. He wrote three volumes on sutras and tantras. He passed away at the age of seventy-three at Tashi Lhunpo in 1854.
Doboom Tulku Rinpoche, Lungta, Winter 1996.