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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)
 
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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.
 
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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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