"DHARAMSHALA, Jan. 16: Following the untimely death of the head of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism, senior Nyingma lamas have selected a successor to the position of the foremost figure of Nyingmapa sect, during the 30th Nyingma Monlam at Bodh Gaya, India that concluded today, sources said.
Principal authority of the Dzogchen lineage and the 7th Dzogchen Rinpoche Jigme Losel Wangpo has been selected the new head of the Nyingma on Jan. 15. The 54 year- old Tibetan Buddhist master is yet to accept the position as he was not present at the Nyingma sect’s foremost annual prayer gathering at Bodh Gaya, Voice of Tibet reported. Dzogchen Rinpoche will be the 8th head of Nyingma if he agrees to accept the position.
The former head of Nyingma, Kathok Getse Rinpoche passed away following an accident back in November 2018 in Nepal. According to reports, the accident occurred in a village near Kathmandu where he sat in retreat for months..."