Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche IX was born in eastern Tibet in 1955. He was recognised by His Holiness XVI Karmapa as the ninth Traleg tulku and enthroned at the age of two as Supreme Abbot of Thrangu Monastery in Tibet. Traleg Kyabgon was taken to Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim at the age of four where he was educated with other young tulkus in exile by His Holiness Karmapa. Traleg Kyabgon moved to Australia in 1980 and commenced his studies in comparative religion and philosophy at La Trobe University. He established E-Vam Institute in Melbourne in 1982 where he gave weekly teachings on classic Kagyu and Nyingma texts. He established a Buddhist college and founded Dharma centres in Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Traleg Kyabgon Rinpoche passed away in 2012. A traditional cremation ceremony was conducted at his retreat and conference centre, Maitripa Centre, Australia, and a stupa was erected on the centre's grounds in his honour.