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 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.
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!