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Dengan sukacita dan kegembiraan yang luar biasa untuk memberitahukan kepada semua murid His Holiness Penor Rinpoche yang berada di seluruh dunia bahwa Guru kita yang tercinta telah dilahirkan kembali di Tibet. Berdasarkan surat nubuat dari His Holiness Jadrel Rinpoche, Penor Rinpoche Yangsi (reinkarnasi), lahir di dekat Leten Tramo Drag atau Dung Lung Tramo Drag, tempat suci dimana Nyingthing Yabshyi (Ajaran Empat Siklus Inti Hati) terungkap. Berdasarkan surat nubuat tersebut, dikombinasikan dengan visi murni dari Tulku Thubten Palzang Rinpoche, Yangsi diakui otentik.
Pada tanggal 31 Juli 2014, yang merupakan hari keberuntungan yang mana Sang Buddha pertama kali memutar roda Dharma, hari ke-4 dan bulan ke-6 tahun 2141 menurut penanggalan Tibetan, Yangsi akan naik tahta.
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The Twelfth Throne-Holder of Palyul Lineage.
H.H. Karma Kunchen was born on 28th August 1970, in south India. His mother is TsamChod and his father Dorje Namgyal is a descendent of Anag Pon, a religious Lord of Gonjo in Kham province, Tibet. His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche recognized him as the unmistaken reincarnation of Karma Thegchog Nyingpo( 4th Karma Kuchen). In the year 1975, His Holiness Padma Norbu Rinpoche invited him to Namdroling Monastery and enthroned him with elaborate celebration. Under the guidance of His Holiness Padma Norbu Rinpoche, he has learnt all the basic religious educations.
H.H. Karma Kunchen Rinpoche enrolled into the Ngagyur Nyingma University and excelled in all the knowledge of the vast and profound Sutra and Tantra teachings of Buddhist pholisophy. He also received numerous empowerments, instructions and transmissions of Nyingma tradition and particularly the Namchoe teaching, along with the Great Prefection, Tumo and Nyendro from great masters such as His Holiness Dilgo Khentse Rinpoche and H.H. Padma Norbu Rinpoche.
In Bodhgaya, he received the novice vow and full ordination from His Holiness Padma Norbu Rinpoche. Since then he has strictly preserved every aspects of the vows and soon became an authentic holder of the precious precepts. In 1994, as per the recommendation of H.H. Padma Norbu Rinpoche, H.H. Karma Kuchen Rinpoche ariived in the Palyul Namgyal Jangchub Choling Monastery (one of the great mother monasteries of Nyingma Tradition) in Tibet.There he received various common and particular empowerment, instructions, and transmission of Nyingma and Namchoe teaching through Chogtrul Thupten Palzang, Khamtrul Chokyi Nima and so on. In addition, he practiced the distinct recital of Palyul tradition like ritual dances, establishment of mandalas and the mode of performing rituals. On 14 August 2000, he was formally enthroned as the 12th throne-holder of palyul Lineage and became the supreme head of all the mother and branch monasteries of Palyul Traditions.
Since 2003, he has travelled to many countries and brought numerous beings to maturation by bestowing empowerments and instructions. He bestowed the Terzod Empowerment in Gonjo Gyara Monastery, which was attended by thousands of devottees. In addition, he has built many temples, stupas, prayer well, images of deities and other objects of veneration and faith. Taking into consideration the shortage of accommodation for the empowerments and great ceremonies, H.H. Karma Kuchen has established a great four-story temple, which is giant and functional for the community, and sanctified with many objects of mind, speech and the body of the buddhas. On many occasions H.H. Padma Norbu Rinpoche had appreciated his inexhaustible efforts and unrelenting service in upholding the pure lineage of Palyul tradition and dissemination of Buddha Dharma. The reincarnation of H.H. Padma Norbu Rinpoche and H.H. Karma Kuchen Rinpoche had been repeatedly upholding the tradition of Palyul Monastery through administration, guidance, and developments. Even today, H.H. Karma Kuchen Rinpoche is shouldering the responsibility of the entire Mother and Branch monasteries of Palyul Lineage, and present days, he is visiting in the Palyul Dharma Centres across the world benefiting beings and propagating the message of Lord Shakyamuni.
Khenpo Khentse Norbu Rinpoche adalah Kepala Biara dari Biara Namdroling yang merupakan cabang dari Biara Palyul, salah satu biara terbesar dari 6 biara utama dari tradisi Nyingma di Tibet. Beliau dilahirkan pada tahun 1967. Dari usia yang sangat muda Beliau mempelajari dasar-dasar Buddhisme Tibet. Beliau menjadi biarawan pada usia 16 dengan mengambil ikrar dasar agama Buddha. Setelah berhasil menyelesaikan studi dasar seluruh Buddhisme Tibet seperti ritual nyanyian dan melakukan praktik ritual selama 4 tahun, Beliau mendaftar di Ngagyur Nyingma Institute, Mysore, India Selatan, perguruan tinggi yang bergengsi pada Biara Namdroling di tahun 1988.
Beliau secara ekstensif belajar selama 9 tahun dan berhasil memperlajari tata bahasa, sejarah dan puisi Tibet sebagai dasar studi, filsafat Buddhis tertinggi seperti Pramana (Logika Buddhis), Madhyamaka (Jalan Tengah), Abhi-dharma (Metafisika Buddhis), Prajnaparamita (Kesempurnaan dalam Kebijaksanaan), Vinaya (Disiplin Monastik) bagian dalam dan luar Tantra, sehingga mencakup seluruh ajaran Sutra dan Tantra filsafat Buddhis. Beliau menerima banyak ajaran, pemberdayaan (empowerment), transmisi lisan, instruksi rahasia dari Silsilah Sakyapa seperti ajaran Path and Fruition melalui Ngawang Khentse Thupten Nyingpo, Sakya Dagthri Rinpoche dan sebagainya. Beliau juga telah menerima ajaran-ajaran utama dari Buddhisme Tibet oleh Guru Besar yang tak terhitung jumlahnya dari Tibet, ajaran-ajaran rahasia dan petunjuk dari tradisi Nyingma oleh Khentse Rinpoche, Khenchen Jigmay Phunstok Rinpoche, Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche, Khenchen Pema Sherab Rinpoche, Khenchen Wangchuk Sonam Rinpoche, dan sebagainya. Dan yang paling utama, Beliau cukup beruntung untuk menerima seluruh Empowerment Tertinggi dan Rahasia, ajaran, transmisi lisan dan instruksi dari Ajaran Dzogchen dari Yangthang Rinppoche, H.H Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche dan H.H Penor Rinpoche. Dengan demikian, pengetahuan Beliau tentang Filosofi Buddhis dan praktek moralitas selalu dipuji dan dihargai oleh Guru-Guru dari Biara Namdroling maupun di luar biara. Beliau menyelesaikan studi Buddhis yang lebih tinggi pada tahun 1996 dengan memperoleh nilai yang lebih tinggi di semua ujian akademis yang diadakan dalam kurun waktu 9 tahun di Ngagyur Nyingma Institute. Beliau dianugerahi gelar oleh Institute sebagai berikut:
Berikut ini adalah posisi dan tanggung jawab yang telah Beliau ambil untuk melayani dalam biara:
Berikut ini adalah tanggung jawab yang telah Beliau ambil sebagai Guru di luar biara:
Selain itu, Beliau secara luas telah memberikan ajaran Ngondro (Praktik Pendahuluan) dan Dzogchen (Kesempurnaan Agung) pada orang awam dalam berbagai kesempatan sehingga bermanfaat bagi banyak siswa yang tertarik dengan agama Buddha. Singkatnya, mulai dari 1993 hingga 2008 untuk jangka waktu 16 tahun Beliau telah memberikan ajaran Filsafat Buddha baik Sutra maupun Tantra secara luas di Biara Namdroling dan biara lainnya di Nepal, Bhutan dan Tibet. Selama bertahun-tahun Beliau telah memperoleh banyak pengalaman dan kecakapan dalam pembabaran ajaran Buddhis tidak hanya secara umum tetapi juga filosofi yang berbeda, praktik serta intisari instruksi dari Sekolah Nyingma Buddhisme Tibet.
Saat ini, Beliau tinggal di Palyul Nyingma Buddhism Vihara Padma Sambhava Medan, Indonesia mengemban tanggung jawab sebagai Seorang Pembimbing dan Guru Spritual dalam membabarkan dan menyebarkan ajaran Buddha Dharma secara umum dan Tantrayana secara khusus.
Khenchen Pema Sherab Rinpoche
Biografi singkat Khenchen Pema Shearb Rinpoche merupakan Khenpo palng senior dari tradisi Nyingma dalam Buddhisme Tibet di luar Tibet. Beliau dilahirkan di Tibet dan belajar dalam arahan master dan guru terpelajar dari semua tradisi Buddhisme Tibet. Beliau ditasbihkan pada tahun 1953 dan tiba di Indiia pada tahun 1959. Pada umur 17 tahun, Beliau bertemu dengan guru spritualnya yaitu HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Beliau menerima kebanyakan ajarannya dari Khyentse Rinpoche, termasuk didalamnya Guhyagarbha Root Tantra, Longchenpa's Treasury of Path Instruction, Kagyud Ngag Dzog, Rinchen Terdzod, Jigme Lingpa's Yoden Dzod, Lochen Dharmashri's Explanation on Ngari Penchen's Three Vows, dsb. Pada kesempatan lain, Beliau juga menerima ajaran Dharma dan inisiasi dari guru-guru senior lainnya seperti HH Dudjom Rinpoche, HH Penor Rinpoche dan HH Takhlung Tsetrul Rinpoche.
Pada tahun 1968, HH Penor Rinpoche mengundang Beliau ke Namdroling Monastery (Golden Temple, Bylakkuppe) untuk mengajarkan Dharma. Ngagyur Nyingma Institute, Universitas Keviharaan Nyngma yang tersebar di luar Tibet, didirikan di Namdrolingpada tahun 1978. Sejak itu, Khenchen Pema Sherab Rinpoche telah mengajarkan keduanya Sutra dan Tantra di Institute tersebut. HH Penor Rinpoche menganugerahkan gelar Khenchen (Great Abbot) kepadanya. Khen Rinpoche telah mengelilingi dunia dan memberikan ajaran-ajaran Dharma dan inisiasi-inisiasi. Beliau juga menulis beberapa buku filsafat dan logika Buddhist dan sebuah biografi tentang Guru Padmasambhava.
Eleventh throne holder of Palyul Tradition
The third Drubwang Pema Norbu ("Penor") Rinpoche is the 11th Throne holder of the Palyul Lineage of Nyingma. He is considered one of the foremost masters of the Buddhist tradition of Tibet. Throughout the Buddhist community he is respected for his vast knowledge and accomplishment and for the integrity and strength with which he upholds the Buddhist teachings. H.H. Penor Rinpoche was born in the Powo region of Kham East Tibet to father Sonam Gyurme and mother Dzom Kyi during the twelfth month of the lunar calendar the year of the Water Monkey (1932). Khenpo Ngaga foresaw exceptional destiny for the new incarnation. In 1936, the year of the Fire Mouse, the young Penor Rinpoche was invited to the Palyul monastery where he took refuge with the greats and learned masters. Khenpo Ngaga performed the traditional hair cutting ceremony and gave him the name Dhongag Shedrup Tenzin.
Khenpo Ngaga then granted him the long life empowerment of Amitayus and composed the long-life prayer which is till chanted daily by thousands of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche's followers all over the world. His Holiness Penor was formally enthroned by his master Thubten Chokyi Dawa (1894-1959) the second Choktul Rinpoche, and Karma Thekchok Nyingpo (1908-1958) the fourth Karma Kuchen. In time, Penor Rinpoche would become the eleventh throne holder of Palyul Monastery with its more than four hundred branch monasteries. He spent years at Palyul, studying and receiving teachings from numerous masters and scholars, including 4th Karma Kuchen, who carefully prepared him as his successor.
After the invasion of China in 1963, His Holiness settled in Bylakuppe in south India and began the daunting project of establishing Namdroling Monastery under extremely harsh conditions. Today, Namdroling houses around 5000 monks and 900 nuns and is one of the thriving centers of excellence for Tibetan culture and religious training. The complex consists of a school, a college for Higher Buddhist Studies, a retreat centre, a nunnery, a hospital and a home for the elderly. His Holiness is also actively involved in helping local Indians through education and health care. In addition, His Holiness has managed to rebuild the monasteries in Tibet and reintroduced Buddhist study and practice. Simultaneously he has set up a network of palyul centers in other parts of the world such as in United States of America, England, Greece, Canada, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Philippine, Macao etc.
His Holiness is considered the reincarnation of Vajrapani and living embodiment of Vimalaitra, who brought the Dzongchen teaching in Tibet. One of the few prominent masters in the Nyingma tradition. His Holiness is renowned as both a scholar and as a leading figure in meditation by hundreds of thousands of followers worldwide. Throughout the Tibet communities, His Holiness renowned for his personal integrity, will power, determination and magnanimity in propagating the teaching of the Buddha. His Holiness served as the Supreme Head of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism for over ten years.
As always, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche works tirelessly for the dissemination of Buddhism in all part of the world. He has founded Dharma centers in the USA, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Greece, Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan etc.
The 11th Throne holder of the Palyul Lineage of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche passed away, entering the stage of Thugdam, the final stage of meditation, as of 8:20 PM on Friday, March 27, 2009, at the Namdroling Monastery in Bylauppe, South India. His Holiness Penor Rinpoche remained in Thugdam for almost eight days until Friday April 3, 2009. Present days, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche's holy body is preserved in the first floor of Zangdog palri Temple of Namdroling Monastery in order to receive blessing for the devotees around the world.
His Holiness Penor Rinpoche is one of the last greatest Master upholding the complete and realization of the Nyingma or Ancient Tradition. His Holiness visible achievements are too numerous to list fully, not to mention the full spectrum of his hidden activates for the benefit of all sentient beings.
The Twelveth Throne Holder
The Fifth Karma Kuchen Rinpoche
The 5th Karma Kuchen Rinpoche was born on August 28, 1970, in the year of Iron Dog, along with many auspicious signs in Southern India, to a noble religious family. When he was 2 years old, His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche (the present 11th Throne Holder) notified his parents that their son is the reincarnation of a great mahasiddha, and his food and clothing have to be clean.
When H.H Karma Kuchen Rinpoche was 4 years old, both the late H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche (also the manifestation of Guru Rinpoche) and H.H. Penor Rinpoche confirmed that this child is the unmistaken incarnation of the 4th Karma Kuchen Rinpoche (Karma Thegchog Nyingpo) in their meditations. He was then invited to Namrdoling Monastery where Penor Rinpoche looked after him and provided him with basic education. Karma Kuchen Rinpoche studied and perfected the teachings of Namcho (Sky Teachings) preliminaries (ordinary and extraordinary), Tsalung and up to Dzogpachenpo under the direct guidance of H.H. Penor Rinpoche. He also took the Bhikshu and Bodhisattva vows, and received the Namcho, Ratna Lingpa’s revelations and Rinchen Terzoed empowerments from H.H. Penor Rinpoche. In addition, he received many teachings under the late H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Dodrupchen Rinpoche, Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche, and many other great siddhas.
He had displayed infinite wisdom and understanding of Vajrayana and Mahayana teachings when he gave a long discourse at the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute, in the presence of many high Khenpos.
Keeping in view of his wonderful qualities of a master, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche appointed him as the Head of the Palyul Mother Monastery in Tibet in 1994. On 14 August 2000, he was formally enthroned as the lineage holder of The Palyul Lineage and is now the 12th throne holder of The Palyul Lineage. Equipped with inconceivable wisdom, modesty, grace and boundless compassion, he has vowed to bring peace and happiness to all sentient beings and spread the supreme Dharma in the 10 directions. Penor Rinpoche on many occasions appreciated his efforts in holding the pure lineage of Palyul tradition and dissemination of Buddha Dharma in the Land of Snows.
The significant achievement of Karma Kuchen Rinpoche since his arrival in Tibet was that he had built many temples, stupas, prayer wheels, images of deities and other objects of veneration and faith. Under the direction of Penor Rinpoche, he is now planning to build a very grand and magnificent temple within the monastery premises.
Of the many remarkable qualities that he possesses, the most striking quality is his strict and pure observance of all the vows of a monk. He is thus the embodiment of pure conduct in these degenerate times.
The Eleventh Throne Holder
The Third Drubwang Pedma Norbu Rinpoche
Thubten Leshed Chokyi Drayang
Also Known As
Do-Ngag Shedrub Tenzin Chog-Lei Namgyal
Thubten Do Ngag Leg Shad Chokyi Drayang
Buddha's Doctrine Sutra Tantra Eloquent Speech Dharma Melodious Sound
(The Eloquent Melodious Sound of Dharma Speech of the Buddha's Doctrine)
His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche was the 11th Throneholder of The Palyul Lineage of Nyingma. He was considered one of the of the foremost masters of the Buddhist tradition of Tibet. Throughout the Buddhist community he was respected for his vast knowledge and accomplishment and for the integrity and strength with which he upheld the Buddhist teachings. His Holiness attained Paranirvana on March 27, 2009.
The fifth Dzogchen Rinpoche, Thubten Chokyi Dorje, prophesized, “In a supreme and sacred place, in the upper region of Powo, close to an attractive, large, rocky mountain that is adorned with various trees, surrounded by large and small lakes and a large cold river flowing from the south, a child of noble birth will be born in the year of the Water Monkey. His parents of method and wisdom, will bear the names Sonam and Kyid. I have received indications that this child will be of great benefit to the doctrine and sentient beings.” The great Khenpo Ngaga Rinpoche supported this prophecy and recognized the new incarnation, composing his long life prayer.
The third Drubwang Pedma Norbu was born in 1932, the year of the Water Monkey, in the twelfth month. He was born in the ancestral heritage of Terton Duddul Dorje. His father’s name was Sonam Gyurmed and his mother’s name was Dzom Kyid. The third Drubwang Pedma Norbu was invited to the Palyul monastery in 1936, the year of the Fire Rat, and took his vows of refuge from the great Khenpo Ngaga Rinpoche.
One day at play, while still a small child, he accidentally broke the horn of a very old and precious vajra. Fearing that his teacher would reprimand him, Pedma Norbu quickly glued it back together with his own saliva, making the vajra much stronger than it had been originally. On another occasion, during the Cha-sum ceremony, he accidentally dropped his ritual bell onto the stone floor. Everyone present assumed that the bell had broken and yet, when Pedma Norbu picked it up, the ring was much more melodious than ever before. As a small child, the third Drubwang Pedma Norbu displayed many miraculous signs of accomplishment.
Pedma Norbu took upasaka (lay) ordination from the second Chogtrul Rinpoche and received the name Thubten Lekshed Chokyi Drayang. At Dago monastery, he received the Nam Cho Great Perfection one month preliminary practice teachings of Buddha in the Palm of the Hand and successfully completed all of the practices.
When Pedma Norbu was thirteen years of age, at the Dago retreat centre, he took novice ordination. During the ceremony Khenpo Legshed Jordan was his khenpo, Khenpo Khentse Lodro was his sangton (secret teacher) and Tsamdo Khenpo Sonam Dondrub his helper.
From Pedma Jigmed, the third Drubwang Pedma Norbu Rinpoche received the transmissions of Jigmed Lingpa’s Nine Volumes; the thirteenth chapters of Karma Chagmed’s Ah Cho; and So Wangdrag Gyatso’s Ka Bum. While receiving these transmissions, Pedma Norbu made intricately woven knots in blessings cords with his tongue. These sacred tongue-woven blessing cords are extremely rare and can be made only by a highly accomplished lama. He continued to make these wondrous special blessing cords until 1958.
On another occasion, Pedma Norbu casually drew in ink the syllable “Ah” on a white conch shell. Later, when the ink wore away, the syllable was luminously embossed on the shell. This shell, cherished as an object of veneration, is presently kept in the Palyul monastery in Tibet . The third Pedma Norbu twice completed the full retreat of the Illusory Body of Manjushri (a mind Treasure of Mipham Rinpoche). Just at the conclusion of the second retreat, a very melodious sound could be heard coming from his room and brilliant light radiated from the mirror on his altar.
In the Darthang monastery, Pedma Norbu received all the transmissions of the precious Kagyur and Tengyur, as well as completing a Vajrakilaya retreat. He then entered into retreat with his root guru, Chogtrul Rinpoche, for four consecutive years. During these four precious years that they remained together, Chogtrul Rinpoche, who was already quite elderly, suffered from extremely poor vision. It was with great personal difficulty and hardship that he gave the third Drubwang Pedma Norbu Rinpoche all the empowerments, transmissions and secret oral instructions of Terton Migyur Dorje’s Nam Cho, Ratna Lingpa’s revelations and virtually every single transmission practiced in the great Palyul tradition. Pedma Norbu Rinpoche then successfully completed all the stages of practice directly under Chogtrul Rinpoche’s guidance. Among his accomplishments were the root recitations of the Three Roots, the Nam Cho preliminary practices, tummo-tsalung; the actual foundation practices of the Great Perfection Buddha in the Palm of the Hand, which include trekchod, clear light togyal, inner togyal practice, darkness practice, training in the dream state, the nature of sound and the pure realms. It was during this time that Chogtrul Rinpoche was known to have said, “If I am unable to successively transmit all empowerments, transmissions and teachings to the third Pedma Norbu Rinpoche before I leave this world, then my precious human rebirth will have been wasted.” The third Drubwang Pedma Norbu Rinpoche is the only great lama alive today who holds entirely the pure lineage of Terton Migyur Dorje’s Nam Cho and Ratna Lingpa’s revelations.
In 1957, in an attempt to reverse the onset of the Chinese occupation, Pedma Norbu selected some monks to perform, in individual groups, an extensive one month Vajrakilaya accomplishment. While these accomplishments were underway, various signs arose indicating that the Communist Chinese occupation of Tibet was irreversible. It was then that the third Drubwang Pedma Norbu Rinpoche made his decision to depart for India , leaving the Palyul monastery for the purpose of the doctrine and sentient beings. On the long, dangerous journey that followed, Pedma Norbu passed through central Tibet and crossed over border into India . He was constantly befriended and safeguarded by the meditational deities and dharma protectors during this difficult journey.
Once in India , he began activating expansive miraculous activities and shortly after he decided to settle in Mysore , South India , close to the sacred Drekar Pungwa Stupa, where Buddha first taught the Kalachakra Tantra.
In 1963, Pedma Norbu Rinpoche built the new Thekchog Namdrol Shedrub Dargye Ling (Namdroling) monastery and he established the sangha community. To date, this monastery has a sangha community of about three thousand lamas and has become the single largest Nyingmapa monastic institution out of Tibet consisting primary school, higher scholastic institute, a retreat centre, a nunnery, an old age home and so forth. In fact it has all the facilities to study the aspects of the Nyingmapa tradition.
In India , during one of the Dharma Medicine Accomplishment Ceremonies of Nyingthig Palchen Dupa, rainbows arose from the mandala, the nectar in the skull cup overflowed and many other extraordinary signs of accomplishment were viewed by many. For the last thirty-seven successive years since arriving in India , the third Drubwang Pedma Norbu has continued the annual tradition of performing the accomplishment of the one hundred million mantra repetitions.
Since 1985, Pema Norbu Rinpoche has spread dharma and established many centres in United States , Britain , Greece , Canada , Hong Kong , Taiwan , Philippines , Nepal , and Singapore , besides other monasteries around northern part of India .
The third Drubwang Pedma Norbu Rinpoche continually satisfies the needs and desires of his people by performing ceremonies to stop or create rain, to transfer the consciousness of the dead and dying, as well as after-death intermediate period ceremonies, exorcisms, long life blessings, healings, and so forth. There is no limit to the extent of his selfless, enlightened activities and powerful miraculous deeds. His efforts for the doctrine and sentient beings are equal only to the limits of space. There is no doubt that his enlightened activities will continue to illuminate the darkness of ignorance in this world and that there will be good fortune to continue his historical works for the benefit of the Buddha’s doctrine and all sentient beings.
(Summarized from the book called “A Garland of Immortal Wish-Fulfilling Trees”.)
The Tenth Throne Holder
The Fourth Karma Kuchen Rinpoche
Do Ngag She Drub Tenpai Nyima
Sutra Tantra Teaching Practice Doctrine Sun
(The Sun of the Doctrine of Teachings and Practices of the Sutras and Tantras)
Thegchog Nyingpo was born in 1908, the fifteenth rabjung year of the Earth Monkey. The fifteenth Karmapa Khakyab Dorje prophesized that this child was indeed the reincarnation of the third Karma Kuchen Rinpoche Do-ngag Chokyi Nyima and gave him the name Karma Thegchog Nyingpo Drimed Yong Drub, which means the Stainless Fully Accomplished Essence of the Supreme Vehicle.
Thegchog Nyingpo received every important transmission in the Palyul lineage from the second Pedma Norbu, including minor transmissions for ritual practice, ransoming life, exorcism of negative forces and others. After receiving all transmissions, Thegchog Nyingpo entered into a three years retreat at the Palyul retreat centre to practice Ratna Lingpa’s Three Kaya Accomplishment.
After successfully completing the retreat, Thegchog Nyingpo began giving empowerments, transmissions and teachings to large gatherings. He also commissioned the paintings of ten thangkas of the Gongdu meditation deities. He was always very generous toward the dharma and greater sangha community, accumulating an abundance of great merit.
In 1956, the year of the Fire Monkey, the communist Chinese occupation of the Tibet began. In 1958, the year of the Earth Dog, Thegchog Nyingpo was fifty-one years old when he was captured and imprisoned by the Communist Chinese troops. After undergoing a great amount of torture, he was taken to the Mugngag Labour Camp. One day, Thegchog Nyingpo told the prison guards that he was planning to leave. Thinking he was planning an escape, the guards chided him saying, “We will see how far you get.” They intended that evening to watch him very closely, but were distracted when a tigress with four cubs came near the prison. All of the guards on duty rushed off to hunt the tigress and what they found when they returned is as follows: Some of the guards reported that Thegchog Nyingpo had completely disappeared, without leaving a trace behind (the great rainbow body transference), others said they found him sitting without breathing in meditative equipoise. The announcement was made to the general public that Thegchog Nyingpo had died suddenly of an unexplained illness.
The Ninth Throne Holder
The Second Drubwang Pedma Norbu Rinpoche
Pedma Kunzang Tenzin Norbu
(Thubten Chokyi Langpo)
Dharma of Royal Elephant
(Royal Elephant of Dharma)
One night, Do-ngag Chokyi Nyima dreamed that he was in his own residence, on the middle level of the temple containing the stupas that encase the remains of great lamas. Suddenly a lama appeared who looked just like Kunzang Gyurmed, who said, “Oh look, Pedma Norbu is up there.” Looking up, Do-ngag Chokyi Nyima saw the first Pedma Norbu seated behind one of the stupa windows with very white hair. When Do-ngag Chokyi Nyima approached, Pedma Norbu turned into a small child. The child that he saw in this dream and the young incarnation of the second Pedma Norbu were identical.
Born in 1887, the fifteenth rabjung year of the Fire Pig, Pedma Norbu was brought to the Palyul monastery at the age of seven. When he was nine he had a direct vision of Padmasambhava and received blessings from him.
When Pedma Norbu was in his twentieth year, the third Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, Do-ngag Chokyi Nyima, left this world. Pedma Norbu was filled with sorrow at the passing of his precious guru. He felt especially great remorse because he had not received the great Kagyed Desheg Dupa (Eight Herukas-Essence of the Sugatas) transmission. Due to the impression that the intensity of his remorse made upon his mind, Do-ngag Chokyi Nyima came to him one night in a dream. For three consecutive days, Pedma Norbu received, while in the dream state, the entire transmission of the Kagyed Desheg Dupa.
Later in his life, when he was not bestowing specific empowerments, transmissions, and teachings, or presiding over important accomplishment ceremonies, Pedma Norbu remained in solitary retreat, practicing the root recitation mantra of Dugngal Rangdrol (Self Liberation of Sufferings). Pedma Norbu made boundless material offerings to accumulate great virtue. Literally abandoning everything, he again entered into retreat at the isolated place of Khachu Trag. It was then he began to show signs of physical illness.
In 1932, the sixteenth rabjung year of the Water Monkey, on the third day of the third month, the second Drubwang Pedma Norbu’s mind entered the foundational sphere of truth. He was only forty-six years old. Khenpo Ngaga made many prayers for his swift rebirth. During the cremation ceremony, there was an earthquake, the sound of countless self-originating dharma instruments reverberating throughout space, a wondrously sweet smell prevailing in all directions, circular rainbows filling the sky and other miraculous signs which filled the hearts of many of his disciples with renewed faith and devotion.
The Eighth Throne Holder
The Third Karma Kuchen Rinpoche
Orgyen Do-Ngag Chokyi Nyima
Do Ngag Chokyi Nyima
Sutra Tnatra Dharma Sun
(Dharma Sun of Sutra and Tantra)
Prior to the passing away of the second Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, Karma Gyurmed, he left a letter on his table which said, “My incarnation will be born in Khyi-teng.” The new incarnation, Do-ngag Chokyi Nyima, was born in 1854, the fourteenth rabjung year of the Wood Tiger. At the time of his birth, marvelous rainbow light rays appeared in the sky and unusual and magnificent sounds reverberated in all directions. Born in the Dege village of Ahlo Khateng , his family name was Dilgo of the heritage Nyo.
As a youth, Do-ngag Chokyi Nyima’s mind was like pure gold with his every thought directed towards the betterment of mankind. He treated everybody with kindness and respect. While at the monastery, Do-gag Chokyi Nyima spent the majority of his time presiding over the many regular accomplishment ceremonies, as well as bestowing transmissions. He was never known to rest or take any personal time out, except for the practice of root and accomplishment mantras which he did while in retreat. It was his lifetime pattern to arise by three in the morning in order to recite all of his daily practices from both the earlier and later traditions of kama and terma. Just after dawn, he would offer sang and tormas to the hungry spirits. Intermittently he would perform at least one hundred prostrations and circumambulations. Although he maintained such a demanding schedule for the purpose of the doctrine, he never cut his own daily practice for any reason.
While he performed the great accomplishment ceremonies, nectar in the skull cups spontaneously overflowed and dharma medicine pills would increase, to roll down the mandala cord in his direction. During the descent of the blessings section of the practice, actual signs of spiritual attainment were regularly witnessed. He often left his footprints upon stone as a sign of having mingled mind with appearances. He possessed unobstructed power to see through and beyond rocks, houses and mountains and he could hear conversations being carried on from afar. Although he received many other extraordinary visions and prophesies, because of his prudent character, these experiences were kept concealed.
In 1906, the fifteenth rabjung year of the Fire Horse, when he was fifty-three years old, Chokyi Nyima dissolved into the exhaustless sphere of clear light. During the cremation ceremony, clouds in the shape of pitched tents appeared in the luminously clear sky, releasing gentle showers of rain. Many precious bone relics were found and devoted followers experienced wondrous visions.
The Seventh Throne Holder
Pedma Do-Ngag Tenzin Ngesang Chokyi Nangwa
Pedma Do Ngag Tenzin
Lotus Sutra Tantra Doctrine Upholder
(Lotus Doctrine Upholder of Sutra and Tantra)
In 1830, the fourteenth rabjung year of Iron Tiger, Gyatrul Rinpoche was born into the royal heritage of the Chinese emperor’s minister, in Tsakho Gyakha Bhoto village of Gyalmo Tsawai-rong.
At the time of his birth, there were many astonishing signs and, as a child, he displayed unusual signs of having awakened his innate pure awareness. While at play with other children, he would hold his vital air and, barefooted, balance himself on the point of a sharp knife. By receiving just one simple gesture, he would comprehend reading, writing and all subjects, as though he never forgot what he had learned in previous lifetimes.
He could also clearly recalled his past lifetimes as Rongton Shung-gya Shakya Gyaltsen and Kunzang Sherab, remembering also the area of Sangphu Neu Thong, where he had previously lived, the exact layout of the Palyul monastery, past events that had occurred there and other additional information. It was clear that the dharma protectors were watching over him and in particular, he was constantly assisted in the accomplishment of miraculous activities by Ekartsati, the principal female protector of the Secret Mantra.
Through the strength of his contemplation and the blessings bestowed by the meditational deities, Gyatrul Rinpoche clearly understood the meaning of all of these precious dharma scriptures and was able to ascertain the sutras and tantras by memory, as an exhaustless source of wisdom. Advancing his meditative experience in the generation, completion and Great Perfection stages, he manifested the pure qualities and signs of true accomplishment.
In 1891, at the age of sixty-two, on the twenty-second day of the fifth month, with all the signs of having reached the highest stages on the path to liberation, Gyatrul Rinpoche passed beyond this world.
The Sixth Throne Holder
The Second Karma Kuchen Rinpoche
Gyurmed Ngedon Tenzin Palzangpo
Gyurmed Ngedon Tenzin
Unchanging Ultimate Doctrine Holder
(Doctrin Upholder of Unchanging Ultimate Truth)
Karma Gyurmed was born in 1794, the thirteenth rabjung year of the Wood Tiger, into the Khanglep family in the Me-chu Gang area of Me Shod. From Karma Lhawang, he received all of the transmissions of kama and terma, as practiced in the Palyul tradition.
Like the majority of the great throne holders of this tradition, much of Karma Gyurmed’s life was spent in solitary retreat. His principal meditational deity was Vajrakilaya (of Duddul Dorje’s revelation) and he often had visions of all seventy-five deities in Vajrakilaya’s assembly. During one pure vision, Padmasambhava came and instructed him to begin the great Dharma Medicine Accomplishment ceremony in the Palyul monastery each year of the sheep. He also began the tradition of performing Guru Chowang’s pure vision tenth day Black Hat Dance at the Palyul monastery.
When Karma Gyurmed actualized realization of the Great Perfection Ati Yoga, each one of his disciples simultaneously developed insights by just hearing the sound of his voice. Without any obstruction, not only could he read the minds of others, he could also comprehend their innermost secret thoughts and needs.
Karma Gyurmed periodically displayed his miraculous powers for the sake of guiding sentient beings. On one such occasion, he focused his mind upon negative forces in order to subdue them and when he threw his vajra, it penetrated through three wall partitions. When he traveled to the hot springs of Tilung, the impression of his footprints remained clearly in the stones.
In 1851, the year of the Iron Pig, on the twelfth day of the fifth month, Karma Gyurmed was fifty-eight years old, when he experienced the presence of the Sugatas in every direction of space. Instructing his disciples to arrange many offerings, on the thirteenth day, he dissolved his mind into the great sphere of truth. His holy body shrank to the size of a cubit, eighteen inches in length, while his complexion remained very fresh and life-like. Astonishing signs, such as unusual cloud formations and rainbows appeared in abundance. His principal heart disciple, Gyatrul Rinpoche, built a temple and a two storey gold and copper stupa to contain the holy body of the second Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, Karma Gyurmed.
The Fifth Throne Holder
Powerful God of Action
Karma Lhawang was born into the ancestral heritage of the Vidyadhara Kunzang Sherab. As a child, he awakened his pure awareness Mahayana nature and displayed signs of accomplishment on the path. From his guru, Karma Tashi, he received all the transmissions for the kama lineage of the Maha, Anu and Ati Yogas, the Kagyed and Gongdu Termas and every essential transmission practiced in the Palyul tradition.
Karma Lhawang’s principal interest lay in uncontrived practice. Because of this, he was relatively unconcerned with the details and responsibilities involved in the running of a monastery, caring for a large entourage of disciples and the general maintenance of the surroundings. Spending most of his time in solitary retreat, he continuously manifested miracles, the sign of having mingled his mind with the true nature of appearance. In addition, he possessed the omniscience of unblocked perception into the minds of others. When the enlightened activities of his lifetime were complete, Karma Lhawang passed beyond this world.
The Fourth Throne Holder
The First Karma Kuchen
Cho Pal Zangpo
Dharma Glorious Excellent
(Dharma of Glorious Excellent)
In 1728, the twelfth rabjung year of the Earth Monkey, Karma Tashi was born into the ancestral heritage of Kunzang Sherab, in the town of Ahchog.
As Drubwang Pedma Norbu’s closest heart disciple, he received all of the ocean-like empowerments and teachings on the Non-Dual Great Seal Mahamudra-Great Perfection Ati Yoga and Nam Cho Buddha in the Palm of the Hand. He was enthroned by Drubwang Pedma Norbu, the thirteenth Karmapa Duddul Dorje and the tenth Sharmapa Chodrup Gyatso, as the fourth throne holder of the Palyul tradition.
During the war between China and the King of Gyarong, Tsenlha Rabten, Karma Tashi was invited to China . King Tsenlha Rabten’s guru was a powerful Bonpo lama and by the power of black magic, this Bonpo lama caused a storm of stones to descend upon the Chinese troops. Karma Tashi gazed at the storm of stones and suddenly the storm was reversed. For the sake of protecting the Chinese soldiers, Karma Tashi produced many special protection cords which were so potent that they shook with energy. Not a single soldier was harmed after receiving the cords, which protected both body and mind from the fear of weapons. King Rabten of Gyarong and his Bonpo priest lost the war and, by the force of karmic results, the flag of China flew victorious in all directions. The Chinese Emperor, Chan Lung, was overwhelmed with faith and gratitude and authorized Karma Tashi as the royal guru of China and bestowed the title Tai Shree upon him.
At the age of sixty-three Karma Tashi’s enlightened activities were complete and he perfected his mind in the great sphere of truth. The stupa containing his precious bone relics was place inside the temple of Palyul monastery.
Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.