Khentul Gyangkhang Rinpoche

First Gyangkhang Rin­poche

Gyangkhang_RinpocheThe First Gyangkhang Rin­poche, named Wong Chug, was born in the sacred place of Guru Rin­poche, Gan­grig in Tibet. He was the broth­er of Kar­ma Tashi Rin­poche. Kar­ma Tashi Rin­poche was the Fourth Throne­hold­er of Palyul lin­eage and the First Kar­ma Kuchen Rin­poche, one of the two prin­ci­ple heart dis­ci­ples of the First Drub­wang Pema Nor­bu Rin­poche. Prophe­cies in many scrip­tures of oral trans­mis­sion and trea­sure trans­mis­sion revealed that he was the ema­na­tion of Aval­okites­vara. Count­less sen­tient beings were lib­er­at­ed through his price­less teach­ings.

Sec­ond Gyangkhang Rin­poche

The Sec­ond Gyangkhang Rin­poche was named Rigzin Jigme Long­drol, which lit­er­al­ly means, “The Fear­less Aware­ness Hold­er who is lib­er­at­ed in the Vast Expanse.” The teach­ers from whom he received teach­ings were Kar­ma Nying­jed Wang­po, Kar­ma Jigme, Jigme Gyal­wai Nyugu (Patrul Rinpoche’s Mas­ter), and Jigme Tse­wang Chog­drub. He lis­tened to all the three Bas­kets of teach­ings (Trip­i­ta­ka) name­ly the Vinaya ( Moral Dis­ci­pline), Sutra ( Teach­ings on Con­cen­tra­tion), and Abhid­har­ma (Bud­dhist Meta­physics). In addi­tion, he also received the Mahayana Teach­ings or the teach­ings of the high­er vehi­cle, and the teach­ings of both the Trans­mit­ted Pre­cepts (Kama) and the Redis­cov­ered Teach­ings (Ter­ma). In the ear­ly part of his life, he made great con­tri­bu­tions in prop­a­gat­ing the dis­tinct teach­ings of The Palyul Lin­eage. He spent the lat­er part of his life stay­ing in retreat at a holy cave of Wrath­ful Guru Rin­poche. Whilst prac­tic­ing, he gave Dzogchen Teach­ings to thou­sands of stu­dents and also built many stu­pas and sacred images of Bud­dha. More­over, he accom­plished both the gen­er­a­tion as well the com­ple­tion stages of med­i­ta­tion and tamed count­less vis­i­ble and invis­i­ble sen­tient beings. Thus he was con­sid­ered a great mas­ter and a wide­ly respect­ed aware­ness hold­er.

Third Gyangkhang Rin­poche

The Third Gyangkhang Rin­poche was named Ped­ma Ken­zang Ten­zin. When he was a child, he often talked with Chen­rizig (Aval­okites­vara), just as if con­vers­ing with anoth­er per­son. One of the Shakya Mas­ters, Khen­po Baden Chisong Rin­poche rec­og­nized him as the authen­tic incar­na­tion of the Sec­ond Gyangkhang Rin­poche. He stud­ied under great mas­ters such as Jamyang Khyentse Wang­po, Gyal­trul Pema Don­gag Ten­zin, Jam­gon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye and Rigzin Dzo­tu Pawo Dor­je. He lis­tened to the entire Kama and Ter­ma Teach­ings of Nying­ma Tra­di­tion, prac­ticed them and then taught them to his dis­ci­ples thus mak­ing a remark­able con­tri­bu­tion in the prop­a­ga­tion of Bud­dha dhar­ma.

Biog­ra­phy of the Fourth Gyangkhang Rin­poche

The Fourth Gyangkhang Rin­poche was born in India. H.H. Penor Rin­poche, H.H. Dud­jom Rin­poche and H.H. Dil­go Khyentse Rin­poche rec­og­nized him as the authen­tic incar­na­tion of the Third Gyangkhang Rin­poche.

At the age of four, His Holi­ness Penor Rin­poche invit­ed him to stay in Nam­drol­ing Monastery and there­after looked after him as his own child. When he was 15, he received the eso­teric teach­ings of Tantra thus lay­ing the foun­da­tion for the high­er prac­tices. He entered Ngagyur Nying­ma Insti­tute (She­dra), a branch of Nam­drol­ing Monastery and an advanced col­lege of Tibetan Bud­dhism where he stud­ied gen­er­al Bud­dhist Phi­los­o­phy as well as the dis­tinct Nying­ma Teach­ings. He also stud­ied Tibetan gram­mar, poet­ry, and Tibet’s polit­i­cal and reli­gious his­to­ry. Unlike oth­er stu­dents, he was bril­liant in his stud­ies.

In his fifth year in his uni­ver­si­ty, Gyangkhang Rin­poche dis­played his scrip­tur­al knowl­edge by giv­ing a lengthy dis­course on Sang­wa Nying­po (Mag­i­cal Net Tantra, a Mahayo­ga Teach­ing) in front of His Holi­ness The Four­teen Dalai Lama and an assem­bly of thir­ty thou­sand peo­ple both lay and ordained from all the dif­fer­ent reli­gious tra­di­tions of Tibet. He also debat­ed on this sub­ject and emerged vic­to­ri­ous. His Holi­ness the Dalai Lama praised his wis­dom in front of all and offered him a kha­ta, a tra­di­tion­al scarf, encour­ag­ing him to hold, sus­tain and dis­sem­i­nate the teach­ings of Lord Bud­dha for the ben­e­fits of all beings.

He received the empow­er­ments, oral trans­mis­sions and pith instruc­tions on the whole Kama and Ter­ma teach­ings (the dis­tinct Nying­ma Teach­ings of the Trans­mit­ted Pre­cepts and the Redis­cov­ered Trea­sure Teach­ings) from His Holi­ness Dil­go Khyentse Rin­poche, Dodrubchen Rin­poche, Jadrel Rin­poche, Khen­po Jigme Phuntsok Rin­poche, and Nyoshul Khen Rin­poche. He spe­cial­ly received the dis­tinct teach­ings of Palyul Tra­di­tion includ­ing the Nam­chö Teach­ings from His Holi­ness Penor Rin­poche. He not only received Ngondro (Pre­lim­i­nary Prac­tices), Tsalung (Winds and Chan­nels), and Dzogchen (Great Per­fec­tion) teach­ings but also prac­ticed them per­fect­ly. He also learned the Bud­dhist phi­los­o­phy main­ly the sutra and tantra under the guid­ance of many great Khen­pos and mas­ters of his time.

In 1994, under the Bod­hi Tree in Bodh Gaya, Gyangkhang Rin­poche received the vows of full ordi­na­tion from His Holi­ness Penor Rin­poche. At that time, he was giv­en the name Thupten Mawai Nyi­ma Jigme Singye Chogle Nam­par Gyal­wai De. In 1995, he com­plet­ed the nine years course in the insti­tute and con­sid­er­ing his high lev­el of knowl­edge, Penor Rin­poche bestowed him the title of a “Tulku Khen­po” and rec­og­nized him wor­thy of a dhar­ma teacher who can guide oth­ers towards the path of enlight­en­ment.

Before becom­ing enthroned as with the title of a Khen­po, he gave teach­ings at many occa­sions in Nam­drol­ing of Amer­i­ca and Asian coun­tries like Hongkong, Tai­wan and oth­ers. The teach­ings that he gave includ­ed Bud­dhist teach­ings on Bod­hicit­ta, med­i­ta­tion and phi­los­o­phy. He also gave empow­er­ments and oral trans­mis­sions.

Gyangkhang Rin­poche has real­ized the mean­ing of Lord Buddha’s teach­ings both the sutra and tantra. On sev­er­al occa­sions, he has rep­re­sent­ed His Holi­ness by giv­ing advice, instruc­tions and teach­ings in many dhar­ma cen­ters around the world. At present, he is teach­ing in the Ngagyur Nying­ma Insti­tute (She­dra) and also assist­ing Penor Rin­poche in shoul­der­ing the monas­tic respon­si­bil­i­ties.