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HH Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche

Tatklung Tsetrul with Yangsi Rinpoche

Tatklung Tsetrul with Yangsi Rinpoche

HH Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche passed away in Bodhgaya, India, on December 23, 2015. He was the Supreme Head of the Nyingma Lineage and the principal lineage holder of the Northern Treasures lineage.

Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche was born in central Tibet in 1926. Recognized as an incarnation of the great master Ngok Chöku Dorje, he began his studies at the age of five in the monastery of Taklung Tse. At the age of eight he went to the famed Dorje Drak Monastery to continue his studies and underwent rigorous training, becoming proficient in all rituals and arts. He received the complete teachings and empowerments of the Northern Treasures, and was appointed main Khenchen of Dorje Drak Monastery. He also received Dzogchen teachings from Polu Khenpo Dorje, a direct disciple of Khenpo Ngakchung.

After the Chinese Cultural Revolution in 1959, Rinpoche fled Tibet for India. In exile, he continued to seek out and receive teachings and transmissions from numerous masters of the Kagyu and Nyingma lineages. He established a new Dorje Drak Monastery in exile in Shimla, India, and advised and led the local community. He accepted the request to become the Sixth Head of the Nyingma Lineage in 2012.

Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche kindly bestowed the Northern Treasures and other empowerments on many teachers, including Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche. The previous Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche also received the Changter and other empowerments from Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche in Nepal.

He traveled extensively throughout the West and Asia, especially during the last three years, bestowing numerous empowerments and teachings to thousands of students. In 2015 he kindly visited Shechen Monastery in India and Shechen Orgyen Chodzong Nunnery in Bhutan. His passing is a great loss to all of us. Prayers for his swift rebirth and for the fulfillment of his activities are being done in Shechen Monasteries and Nunnery.

We pray that Kyabje Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche’s emanations will swiftly reappear to continue benefiting the Dharma and beings.

(Story adapted from Shechen Monastery newsletter of February 2016.)

Lhamo Bhuti Tribute

Changling Rinpoche's grandmother Lhamo Bhuti

Lhamo Bhuti

Changling Rinpoche’s grandmother, Lhamo Bhuti, born in 1931 in the Shap Valley in southern Tibet, passed away peacefully at the family home in Kalimpong, on May 6th, 2014.

Prayers were held for six days by Changling Rinpoche and lamas from Shechen Monastery, at Geluk Monastery with Zedar Chode as well as other lamas, and at the Mindrolling and Sakya Centres.

Lhamo is survived by her two sons, Gyatso (wife Tseten), son Kalden, one daughter Dhundup Dolma, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Momo La was cremated this past Monday, May 12th at the Tashiding Monastery of the Nyingmapa order, near Yuksom, Sikkim, India.

H.H. Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche

HH Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche

HH Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche

We at Lotus Speech Canada are very happy and fortunate to hear the announcement on June 2, 2012 of H.H. Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche as Supreme Head of the Nyingma Lineage. Rinpoche will meet with His Holiness Dalai Lama today to make the position official.

Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche was born in central Tibet in 1926. He was recognized as a tulku when he was five years old. In Tibet he studied with great masters and received many empowerments and transmissions. After escaping from Tibet in 1959 he received empowerments and transmissions from the great 16th Holiness Gyalwa Karmapa and from Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche. From Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche he received transmissions for the collected teachings of Mipham Rinpoche and empowerments and transmissions for the Heart Essence of Longchenpa and other dzogchen practices and tantras.

When Kyabje Tsetrul Rinpoche finally agreed to accept the position of head of the Nyingmapas, he spoke with great humility and humour: “My accepting this position is like a dog getting the title of a lion. I will only take on this responsibility if Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche and Khochen Rinpoche will also assist me.”

We at Lotus Speech Canada pray for all the activities of Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche to flourish and to benefit all beings.

Lama Karma Tsundro

Lama Tsundro

Lama Tsundro

Lama Karma Tsundro, founder of Munsong Gompa, passed into Pairanivana on the morning of February 1st. He was in his eighties. Lama Tsundro was a student of the previous Changling Rinpoche and the current Changling Rinpoche is now the spiritual director of Munsong Gompa. Lotus Speech has long been a supporter of this organization.

Lama Tsundro came from Tibet. While in Tibet he did retreat in a cave for six years practicing Vajrasattva. His practice was continuous and he did not give up his practice or come out of the cave even when he ran out of food. His teacher said that by the power of his practice he would go to a place where they are speaking a different language and he would be able to benefit the people there.

He didn’t understand what his teacher was trying to say but later he found himself in this place called Munsong which was full of Nepalese people. They were practicing a shamanic tradition and conducting animal sacrifices. Lama Tsundro introduced the Buddhist path of nonviolence and the ten virtuous practices. By the strength of his own practice he stopped more than 1000 families from practicing sacrifices. These families also came to embrace the practices of non-violence and the ten virtuous actions.

An older woman offered land for the dharma and Lama Tsundro developed the temple where people now gather to practice and study. The centre now supports six monks and two nuns as well as a few hundred devout Sikkimese and Nepalese country folk. There are now lots of young people showing interest in practice.

As of this morning, Lama Tsundro is still resting in meditation posture. His remains will be cremated on February 10th.

Changling Rinpoche has asked that we begin Guru Yoga and Mani recitations. There is a special blessing and power to practices done when a master passes away and it is a great opportunity to gather merit and purify negativities.

You can read more about Lama Tsundro and Munsong Gompa on the Munsong Gompa website.

Seven Line Prayers

Thank you everyone for your deep commitment to practice and helping all beings. Lotus Speech Canada practitioners accumulated 100,000 Seven Line Prayer offerings to add to the current puja in Kalimpong!

Sikkim Pilgrimage

Hi everyone,

The Sikkim Pilgrimage concluded on the 3rd of May and everything went well. We were fortunate to meet with Dodrupchen Rinpoche at his monastery in Gangtok to receive his blessings and to visit the Guru Rinpoche image which grew and went through the ceiling after being blessed by Dodrupchen Rinpoche.

Rinpoche & pilgrimsRinpoche & pilgrims

We celebrated Rinpoche’s birthday on the 1st of may in Gangtok with dinner at a hotel and then on the 2nd of May celebrated Momo-la’s birthday with a big party given by Gyatso, Rinpoche’s father. Rinpoche gave a lovely speech to the pilgrimage group and he dedicated all the merits from the pilgrimage for all the masters to live long and for the dharma to flourish, as well as to all the victims of the natural disasters last year and early this year.

He also said for next year’s pilgrimage – maybe to Sri Lanka or to northern Sikkim.

Best regards,
Min Li

Lotus Speech USA

On behalf of the Lotus Speech international sangha I would like to officially introduce and welcome the new Lotus Speech USA!

We are very excited to have more people wishing to be a part of Changling Rinpoche’s activities around the world and welcome your support. Whether simply listening to Rinpoche’s teachings and practicing more loving kindness mindfully in your daily life, to actively providing financial support or volunteering your time and ultimately increasing and spreading enlightened activity to all corners of the world. We are very excited for the year ahead for in 2010 many of us will be fortunate enought to meet and receive  teachings from Changling Rinpoche’s root teacher here in Canada and the US, the Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche.

May this be the continuation of many more wonderful events, benefiting all!
Trevor Jones
President, Lotus Speech Canada