paid lip service to the teachings and their vows, but sincere practitioners of great knowledgeand adept accomplishment. For instance, they included the omniscient Jigme Lingpa, andthe Kathok Getse Maha Pandita, and His Holiness Jigdrel Yeshe Dorje, who was theprevious emanation of Dudjom Rinpoche and so forth. And so within the Nyingma traditionwe have some very famous and accomplished masters.[Paloma adds, “This is not a linear history at this point; we’re just looking at some of themasters that you find historical reference to, and that happen to be of the Kathok lineage.”]At that time there were so many practitioners that when they got together for Sojong for purification of their vows – and also for their traditional 45 day summer retreat – they of course couldn't fit in a shrine room, so they stayed throughout the forest and valleys, whichwere filled with monks. For the ceremonies they all wore their patched yellow robes, andthere were so many of them that the radiance from the yellow cloth on their backs made thesky turn yellow with a golden shimmer.Looking at the lineage more in chronological order, we have the Ter Chok Sum, the LhumpaSum, the Lung Sem Su Yi – these were all lineage holders who have numbers and some kindof a family name, all of whom were very accomplished masters, all of them very learned, andall relying on the scriptures and on very pure vows of pure ordination.Then following that there were the Sungrab Chu Sum, which is the thirteen Sungrab, then wehave ten Rabjung Suchung – probably Rinpoche says, there were thirteen of them too –which is like the Great Exalted Khenpos that came. Then following that we have the thirteenpractitioners of Mograb, and then many different holders of the pith instructions andteachings. Then we have Sag La Ring Jung, and Ringdzin Duddul Dorje, and he was one of the great and famous tertons of Kathok, and following him came a whole line of accomplishedtertons, treasure revealers.Then Lung Zhin Cho Dak Kathok Denba, and following him we have many of what they call –Cho Dak is a complicated word in English that we don’t have a direct translation for but it’ssort of like the owner or holder of certain Dharma practices and treasures. And the holders of these within the Kathok who help maintain the main seat of Kathok, were many accomplishedand sacred realized masters.And then we have the famous treasure revealers, tertons, Rigdzin Duddul Dorje and LongselNyingpo, the main founders, and it wasn’t until after that the teachings spread out. We talkabout the different Nyingma monasteries that sprouted up that have different names. It wasonly after this flourishing of Kathok that other Nyingma monasteries began to sprout up withdifferent names: Mindrol Ling, Du Drak, Payul, Dzogchen, Shekhyen, these began to spreadout next. Before that there wasn’t even the name of these different monasteries. So whenwe look at the different Nyingma monasteries now, their source was the Kathok lineage, andthey sprouted from there.
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