Sunday, 3 May 2009

Master of Masters

Born in 1893 in Kham, Eastern Tibet, Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö was recognized as an incarnation of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo the Great. Enthroned at Katok, he moved to Dzongsar Monastery when he was fifteen years old and became known as the second Dzongsar Khyentse. He overcame various difficulties and hardships and his extraordinary qualities of learning and realization quickly became known throughout Tibet.
He studied with over fifty masters from all schools of Tibetan Buddhism, and developed a reputation of being a Rimé master par excellence. Many of the new generation of lamas who would bring Tibetan Buddhism to the West began to see him as their master. Thus he became a teacher and guide for Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Dezhung Rinpoche and Sogyal Rinpoche. He was a major influence on a very young Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, who first met him in 1945. Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche studied with him for two years and has expressed his deep devotion on many occasions. He is also mentioned with awe by Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche in his biography. Tarthang Tulku reveres him as his root teacher. The two heads of the Sakya Khön family, Sakya Trizin and Sakya Dagchen, not only received teachings and empowerments, but treasure their memories among the happiest of their lives.
Many more masters could be listed here. We have conducted more than forty interviews over the past six years and we hope to present some of our findings to you in this blog.

May all be auspicious!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for this. [a student of DJKR]