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Life Stories Of Great Masters

Life Stories Of Great Masters



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Lie Stories o Great Masterso the Past
Dudjom RinpocheDilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (short)Mipham RinpocheSecond Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse RinpocheJamyang Khyentse WangpoPatrul RinpocheJigme LingpaDo Khyentse Yeshe DorjeLongchen RabjamDudjom LingpaKhenpo Jigme PhuntsokNyoshul Khen RinpocheNagarjunaAtishaDilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (long)
Dudjom RinpocheKyabjé Dudjom Rinpoche (1904-87) - one o ibet’s ore-most yogins, scholars, and meditation masters. He was rec-ognized as the incarnation o Dudjom Lingpa (1835-1904),whose previous incarnations included the greatest masters,yogins and panditas such as Shariputra, Saraha and Khye’uChung Lotsawa. Considered to be the living representativeo Padmasambhava, he was a prolifc author and revealero the ‘treasures’ (terma) concealed by Padmasambhava. Aprolifc author and meticulous scholar, Dudjom Rinpochewrote more than orty volumes, amongst the most well-known o which are his monumental Fundamentals andHistory o the Nyingma School.Over the last decade o his lie he spent much time teach-ing in the West, where he helped to establish the Nyingmatradition, ounding major centres in France and the UnitedStates.His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche, Jigdral Yeshe Dorje, wasone o the most outstanding yogins, scholars and medita-tion masters o recent times, who inspired not only awe inthose who met him, but also devotion and deep aection.Aer the ight o the ibetans into exile, it was DudjomRinpoche who was the frst master to be accorded the titleo Supreme Head o the Nyingma School o ibetan Bud-dhism, the ‘oldest’ school introduced into ibet in the 8thcentury by Guru Padmasambhava.Dudjom Rinpoche was born in 1904, into a noble amily in the south-eastern ibetan province o Pemakö, which isone o the our ‘hidden lands’ o Padmasambhava. He wasrecognized as the incarnation o Dudjom Lingpa (1835-1904), a amous tertön or discoverer o concealed ‘trea-sures’ (terma), particularly those related to the practice o Vajrakilaya. Dudjom Lingpa had intended to visit southernibet to reveal the sacred land o Pemakö, but as he wasunable to do so, he predicted that his successor would beborn there and reveal it himsel.
tion. Tis monumental history o the Nyingma School is amasterpiece which presents, or the frst time, a great dealo new material on the development o Buddhism in ibet,and will remain the authoritative work on the subject.At the invitation o His Holiness the Dalai Lama, DudjomRinpoche also wrote a history o ibet. Another majorpart o his work was the revision, correction and editingo many ancient and modern texts, including the whole o the Canonical eachings (kama) o the Nyingma School, a venture he began at the age o 74. His own private library contained the largest collection o precious manuscriptsand books outside ibet.Aer leaving ibet, Rinpoche settled frst in Kalimpong,in India, and later in Kathmandu, Nepal. At a time whenit seemed threatened with extinction, he played a key rolein the renaissance o ibetan culture amongst the reugeecommunity, both through his teaching and his writing. Heestablished a number o vital communities o practitio-ners in India and Nepal, such as Zangdok Palri in Kalim-pong, Dudal Rapten Ling in Orissa, and the monasteriesat sopema and Boudhanath. He actively encouraged thestudy o the Nyingma radition at the ibetan Institute orHigher Studies in Sarnath, and continued to give teach-ings according to his own terma tradition, as well as givingmany other important empowerments and transmissions,including the Nyingma Kama, the Nyingma antras andIn his youth, Dudjom Rinpoche studied with some o themost outstanding masters o the time. He began his studieswith Khenpo Aten in Pemakö, beore attending some o the great monastic universities o Central ibet—such asMindroling, Dorje Drak and arjé ingpoling—and Eastibet—such as Kathok and Dzogchen. But it was to Mind-roling that he returned to perect his understanding o theNyingma tradition. Foremost among his many teacherswere Phungong ulku Gyurmé Ngedön Wangpo, Jedrungrinlé Jampa Jungne, Gyurme Phendei Özer and MinlingDordzin Namdrol Gyatso.Dudjom Rinpoche’s main area o activity was in Centralibet, where he maintained the Mindroling tradition,and especially at Pema Chöling and his other seats in theKongpo and Puwo regions o southern ibet. He becamerenowned throughout ibet or the depth o his realiza-tion and spiritual accomplishment, as well as or his unsur-passed scholarship.Unique in having received the transmission o all the ex-isting teachings o the immensely rich Nyingma tradition,Dudjom Rinpoche was especially renowned as a great ter-tön, whose termas are now widely taught and practised,and as the leading exponent o Dzogchen, the ultimateteaching within ibetan Buddhism. Above all else, he wasregarded as the living embodiment o Padmasambhava,and his representative or this time. A master o masters,he was acknowledged by the leading ibetan teachers o his time as possessing the greatest power and blessing incommunicating the nature o mind, and it was to him thatthey sent their students when prepared or this ‘mind-di-rect’ transmission. In act, Dudjom Rinpoche was the rootteacher o many o today’s most prominent masters.He was no less amous as an author and a meticulousscholar. His writings are celebrated or the encyclopaedicknowledge they display o all the traditional branches o Buddhist learning, including poetics, history, medicine, as-trology and philosophy. A writer o inspirational poetry o compelling beauty, he had a special genius or expressingthe meaning and realization o Dzogchen with a crystal-like lucidity.Amongst the most widely read o his works are the Te Ny-ingma School o ibetan Buddhism, Its Fundamentals andHistory; which he composed soon aer his arrival in Indiaas an exile and which is now available in English transla-

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