Known as ‘The Wanderers Tamer’ Adzom Drukpa (1842-1924 a ཨ་འཛོམ་འབྲུག་པ། ‘dzom ‘brug pa) — Drodul Pawo Dorje (‘gro ‘dul dpa’ bo rdo rje); Was the incarnation of Ma Rinchen Chok (rma rin chen mchog) and one of the greatest Dzogchen masters of the early twentieth Century.
Ju Mipham Gyatso (b.1846 – d.1912 མི་ཕམ་རྒྱ་མཚོ། ‘ju mi pham rgya mtsho) was born in 1846 in the Derge (sde dge) region. His father, Gonpo Dargye (mgon po dar rgyas), was a descendent of the Ju (‘ju) clan, which is said to have a divine ancestry. Ju gets its name from “holding” (ju), which is interpreted to mean “holding on to the rope of the luminous deities who descend from the sky.” His mother, named Singchung (sring chung), was also of high status; she was a daughter of a minister in the kingdom of Dege, where Mipam was born.
Retreat – Himalayan Valley of Dakinis, Lahoul
19th July – 9th August 2016 (22 days)
Khandro Rinpoche, authentic Master and Practitioner of the yogic meditation lineage of Togden Shakya Shri, will teach and practice with students in her birthplace, Kardang Gompa, Lahoul. This most holy of valleys is blessed with the energy of previous great meditators. Kardang gompa sits at the base of the most holy mountain Drilburu. For circumambulation fame it is second only to Mt Kailash.
In later life, Khyentse Rinpoche spent many years with Dzongsar Khyentse Chökyi Lodro (1896-1959) who was also an incarnation of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo. After receiving from him the many empowerments of the Rinchen Terdzö (the Collection of Revealed Treasures), Khyentse Rinpoche declared that he wished to spend the rest of his life in solitary meditation. But Khyentse Chökyi Lodro’s reply was “No. The time has come for you to teach and transmit to others the countless precious teachings that you have received.” From that moment onwards, Khyentse Rinpoche laboured unceasingly for the benefit of beings with the tireless energy that is the hallmark of the Khyentse lineage.
It is widely believed in the West that, until the 1950s, the Dalai Lamas were all-powerful, autocratic rulers of Tibet. In fact, after the “Great Fifth” (Ngawang Lobsang Gyatso, 1617-1682), the succeeding Dalai Lamas barely ruled at all. But the 13th Dalai Lama, Thubten Gyatso (1876-1933), was a true temporal and spiritual leader who guided his people through a firestorm of challenges to the survival of Tibet.
Kongtrul complained in his autobiography that his second ordination was unnecessary, but there were institutional reasons for taking it. Although all Tibetan ordination follows the Mūlasarvāstivādin ordination platform, Shechen, like all Nyingma and Geluk monasteries, followed the “lower” (smad lugs) or “eastern” lineage supposedly preserved from imperial times by Lachen Gonpa Rabsel (bla chen dgongs pa rab gsa, 953-1035).
Trulshik Rinpoche’s father, Tenzin Chödar, traced his ancestry back a member of the Indian Licchavi clan who is said to have been carried to Latö in Tibet on the back of Palden Lhamo in the guise of a bear. His mother Jamyang Wangmo, was a descendent of Önre Dharma Senge, the nephew of Tsangpa Gyarepa the founder of the Drukpa Kagyu tradition. His parents still lived in Önre’s house in the district of Nakartse, near Yamdrok Taklung in lower Tsang. And it was in Önre’s meditation cave on the hill above the family house that Trulshik Rinpoche was born, amid many miraculous signs, on the tenth day of the ninth month of the Year of the Wood Mouse (6 November, 1924).
Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche (1904-1987) was born in Pemakö, southeast Tibet in the year of the wood dragon (1940). He was recognized as the incarnation of Dudjom Lingpa (1835-1904), the renowned tertön from Golok in the east of Tibet. Dudjom Lingpa was an enlightened yogi of great power.
Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (b.1820 – d.1892 འཇམ་དབྱངས་མཁྱེན་བརྩེའི་དབང་པོ། ‘jam dbyangs mkhyen brtse’ dbang po) was born in 1820 in the village of Dilgo (dil mgo) in the Terlung (gter klung) valley to the southeast of the Derge capital. His father was Rinchen Namgyel (rin chen rnam rgyal), and his mother was named Sonam Tso (bsod nams ‘tsho). His clan was Shingkhamga (shing khams sga) and his lineage was the Nyo (myos).
Ngawang Yeshe Rangdrol, also known as Apho Rinpoche (1922-1974), became an outstanding master and probably the main holder of his grandfather’s lineage. He founded many retreat places in the Himalayan regions: Tibet, Ladhak, Lahoul and Manali. His son Sey Rinpoche, Gelek Namgyal (reincarnation of Pema Choegyal, the renowned Ladhakhi Yogin and disciple of Shakya Shri), is the current lineage holder.
Ngawang Tendzin Gyatso (b.1883 – d.1966 ངག་དབང་བསྟན་འཛིན་རྒྱ་མཚོ། ngag dbang bstan ‘dzin rgya mtsho) was born at Paro in 1883, the female water sheep year. His father was Sonam Dondrub (bsod nams don grub) and Tashi Pelmo (bkra shis dpal mo). His birth name was Sanggye Norbu (sangs rgyas nor bu).
Khandro-la brings an ancient wisdom into the modern world, understanding the need for a deeper spiritual meaning that can be partnered with the perceptions of the ‘western mind’. Having studied psychology in India and then pursued Masters in East-West Psychology in San Francisco, she well understands the need to find the bridges to connection between the cultural orientations of the East and West.