Mahasiddha Karma Chagmed Rinpoche

Mahasiddha Karma Chagmed Rinpoche(1613 - 1678)

Karma Chagmed Rinpoche was born in the province Nyomtod region of Zalmo Gang in the tenth Tibetan rabjung year (1613). He was given the name Wangdrag Sung (Powerful Speech) at birth. Throughout his childhood, he displayed many wondrous signs of being a special child. From the age of eleven, he received from the great secret yogi, Prawashara, his root guru of many past lifetimes, many extensive empowerment and transmission. He diligently put the instruction he received into practice and attained great accomplishment in both the generation and the dissolution stages for each of the deities he practiced.

Vidhyadhara Migyur Dorje

The Great Terton Vidhyadhara Migyur Dorje (1645 - 1667)

The Great Terton (Treasure Revealer), Vidyadhara Migyur Dorje was born in Nhom Tod Rola in the province of Kham in Eastern Tibet on the seventh day of the ninth month of the Wood Bird Year (1645). He was born with a unique blue mole on his right hand which indicated he was blessed with the heart-essence of Dharmakaya (The Body of the Ultimate Truth).

Vidhyadhara Kunzang Sherab

The First Throne Holder Vidhyadhara Kunzang Sherab (1636 - 1699)

Kunzang Sherab was born in the province of Do-Kham in the region of Bubor on the eleventh rabjung year of the Fire Rat (1636 A.D.). He showed great capacity of compassion as a small child and would not cause harm to even the smallest creature under any circumstances. His connection to Dharma is so strong that he could memorize a great score of prayers at a tender age. With enthusiastic effort, he applied himself diligently in his practice and in the process actualised realisation of the instruction he received and showed signs of accomplishment in his practice.

Pedma Lhundrub Gyatso

The Second Throne Holder Pedma Lhundrub Gyatso (1660 – 1727)

Pedma Lhundrub Gyatso was born in the province of Do Kham in a place known as Seng-gang in the eleven rabjung year of the Iron Rat (1660). His birth was prophesised in Terton Duddul Lingpa Vajrakilaya Terma as the reincarnation of Sogpo Lhapal, one of the twenty-five disciples of Guru Rinpoche.

The First Drubwang Pedma Norbu Rinpoche

The Third Throne Holder The First Drubwang Pedma Norbu Rinpoche (1679 – 1757)

The birth of the first Drubwang Pedma Norbu Rinpoche as an emanation of the great Pandit Vimalamitra and the Vidyadhara Terton Jatson Nyingpo was prophesised in Terton Jatson’s Nyingpo’s Ma-ning revelation. He was born in Chagril near the town of Ahchog in the eleventh rabjung year of the Earth Sheep (1679).

The First Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, Karma Tashi

The Fourth Throne Holder The First Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, Karma Tashi (1728 – 1791)

The first Karma Kuchen was born as Karma Tashi in the twelfth rabjung year of the Earth Monkey (1728) in the town of Ahchog in Do-Kham. His birth was foretold in many prophecies. He was recognised as the incarnation of the condensed essence of many Great Vidyadharas of the past. Karma Tashi himself recalled he was a manifestation of Migyur Dorje. Other revelations acknowledged him as the body emanation of Kundrol Namgyal, the speech emanation of Kathog Drimed Shing Kyong and the mind emanation of Duddul Dorje.

Karma Lhawang

The Fifth Throne Holder Karma Lhawang

Karma Lhawang was the nephew of Kunzang Sherab. He exhibited signs of recognising the true nature of the mind and demonstrated adept attainment in Dharma practice since childhood. His early years were spent at his uncle’s former quarters atop the Dzong-nang mountain where his root guru Karma Tashi transmitted to him all the teachings and essential practices of the Palyul tradition.

The Second Karma Kuchen Rinpoche

The Sixth Throne Holder The Second Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, Gyurmed Ngedon Tenzin Palzangpo (1794 - 1851)

Karma Gyurmed was born at the foothill of Me-Chu Gang in Me Shod in the thirteenth rebjung year of the Wood Tiger(1794). His birth was prophesised by Duddul Lingpa’s Terma revelation. Acting in accordance to the advice of the thirteenth Karmapa Duddul Dorje, the monks of the Palyul Monastery were able to identify the reincarnation of Karma Tashi, the First Karma Kunchen Rinpoche. After Karma Gyurmed was enthroned at Tai Situ Rinpoche’s Palpung Monastery, he started his study of Buddha Doctrine in earnest. The range of transmissions Karma Gyurmed received included those of the kama and terma of the Palyul tradition, the Kham tradition, the Longchen Nyingtig tradition, the Kathog tradition, the Dzogchen tradition, the Jigmed Lingpa tradition, the Duddul Lingpa revelation, and many others. Karma Gyurmed went on to incorporate the Longchen Nyingtig’s Three Roots practice of Lama, Yidam, Khandro into the Palyul tradition.

Pedma Do-Ngag Tenzin Ngesang Chokyi Nangwa

The Seventh Throne Holder Pedma Do-Ngag Tenzin Ngesang Chokyi Nangwa (1830 - 1891)

Gyatrul Rinpoche was born amid many extraordinary phenomena into the household of a Chinese Emperor’s minister in Gyalmo Tsawai-rong in the fourteenth rabjung year of Iron Tiger (1830). His birth was prophesised in Terton Sangngag Lingpa’s revelation. Since the young boy exhibited signs of pure awareness and demonstrated accomplishment in Tse Lung (Subtle Energy Qigong) from an early age, Karma Gyurmed had no trouble to recognise him as the incarnation of Kunzang Sherab. Blessed with incredible faculties in reading, writing and perception, the young Gyatrul Rinpoche could remember the many incarnations from his past life as Rongton Shung-Gya, Shakya Gyaltsen and Kunzang Sherab. He could also give an accurate description of the Palyul Monastery from memory of his previous life. At ten years of age, he received the Nam Cho Ngondro practice from Lama Sangye Yeshe. Two years later, he arrived at the Palyul Monastery and was duly enthroned.

The Third Karma Kuchen Rinpoche

The Eighth Throne Holder The Third Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, Orgyen Do-Ngag Chokyi Nyima (1854 - 1906)

The third Karma Kunchen Rinpoche Do-ngag Chokyi Nyima was born in Ahlo Khateng in the fourteenth rabjung year of the Wood Tiger (1854). His birth was prophesised by a letter left behind by Karma Gyurmed, which clearly indicated the location of the birth. As befitted the birth of a great lama, light of rainbow colours suffused the sky and awe-inspiring resonances echoed through the air.

The Second Drubwang Pedma Norbu Rinpoche

The Ninth Throne Holder The Second Drubwang Pedma Norbu Rinpoche, Pedma Kunzang Tenzin Norbu (Thubten Chokyi Langpo) (1887 - 1932)

The second Drubwang Pema Norbu was born in the fifteenth rabjung year of the Fire Pig (1887) under the exact circumstances as prophesised by the first Pema Norbu. When he was seven year of age, he was taken to the Palyul Monastery where he received a full range of transmissions and empowerments from Do-ngag Chokyi Nyima, Palpung Lama Tashi Chophel, Khenpo Gyalsten Odser, and other eminent Lamas of the time. He received full ordination (gelong) from his root guru Khenpo Ngawang Palzangpo and was given the formal name Thubten Chokyi Langpo. Under the guidance of his root guru, the Second Pema Norbu actualised the full potential of Dzogchen Togyal and exhibited signs of having attained the view of the clear light, which exists in all phenomenon. He went on to receive Longchen Nyingtig transmission from Drodul Pawao Dorje, the Peaceful and Wrathful Manjursri transmission from Mipham Rinpoche, and the Chog-gyur Lingpa Thugdrub transmission from Jamgon Khomtrul Rinpoche. The devotion of the Second Pema Norbu to Do-ngag Chokyi Nyima was of such strength that even after the third Karma Kunchen Rinpoche had passed beyond this world, his precious guru still returned in a dream and gave the second Pema Norbu the entire transmission of the Kagyed Desheg Dupa.

The Fourth Karma Kuchen Rinpoche

The Tenth Throne Holder The Fourth Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, Thegchog Nyingpo (1908 - 1958)

The fourth Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, Thegchog Nyingpo was born in the fifteenth rabjung year of the Earth Monkey (1908). He was recognised in accordance to the prophecy of the fifteenth Karmapa Khakyab Dorje and authenticated by Drodul Lama Azom Drugpa. After being enthroned as the tenth Throne Holder at the Palyul Monastery, he began his study in sutra and tantra and received all the lineage transmissions from the second Drubwang Pema Norbu, the Dzogchen Khenpo Rigdzin Odzer, Jamgon Tai Situ Pema Wangchog Gyalpo, Drodul Lama Azom Drugpa and Kathog Khenpo Legshed Jordan. He became excelled in all the teachings he received and attained an all-encompassing mind that merged with the true nature of transcendental reality. Soon after the completion of a three-year retreat during which his main practice was Ratna Lingpa’s Three Kaya Accomplishment, Thegchog Nyingpo commenced his service to all sentient beings by giving teaching, transmission and empowerment to a multitude of followers. During his lifetime, he commissioned the making of many thangkas and statues, having scores of Dharma texts printed, old temples renovated, new constructions erected, and gave generous support to a great many sangha communities elsewhere.

The Third Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche

The Eleventh Throne Holder The Third Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche, Thubten Leshed Chokyi Drayang, also known as Do-Ngag Shedrub Tenzin Chog-Lei Namgyal (1932 - 2009)

The third Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche was born in the year of the Water Monkey (1932) in the Powo region of Kham, in South-Eastern Tibet. Details of his birth were exactly as described in the prophecy of Thubten Chokyi, the fifth Dzogchen Rinpoche. The incarnation of the second Drubwang Pema Norbu was recognised by Khenpo Ngaga Rinpoche. At the age of four, the small child was enthroned by Thubten Chökyi Dawa and Karma Thekchok Nyingpo at the Palyul Monastery. There he began his study in sutra and tantra from a full range of Nyingma lineages and received all the transmissions and empowerments from Khenpo Ngaga Rinpoche, the second Choktrul Rinpoche, the fourth Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, Khenpo Legshed Jordan, Khenpo Lodrö, Pema Jigmed, and other eminent Masters at the time.

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