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.