Venerable Lama Jigme Chokyi Lodro enthroned as the
Regent and Head of the Palyul Foundation of Canada by the Heart Sons of Penor Rinpoche
On August 21, 2010 in Madoc, Ontario, Venerable Lama Jigme Chokyi Lodro was enthroned as the regent and head of the Palyul Foundation of Canada and Orgyan Osal Cho Dzong Buddhist Temple and Retreat Centre by their Eminences Gyangkhang Tulku Rinpoche and Mugsang Kuchen Rinpoche, the Heart Sons of the late Kyabje Penor Rinpoche, who was the 11th throne holder of the Palyul lineage. This marks the first enthronement of a Western-born lama in Canada. The enthronement and mandala offering ceremony was officiated by Their Eminences, who were joined by a delegation of Palyul lamas and monks, including Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche. “On this auspicious occasion endowed with these five perfections, Venerable Lama Jigme Choki Lodro is enthroned as the regent of the late Venerable Peling Tulku Rinpoche by Their Eminences, formally authorizing him to continue the enlightened activity of the late lama,” said Khenpo Tenzin Norgay Rinpoche during remarks delivered at the enthronement. “The enthronement is also authorized by His Holiness Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, the present throne holder of the Palyul Lineage.” “For more than two decades Peling Rinpoche maintained a pure teacher-student samaya with His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, and remained loyal to the Palyul Lineage,” continued Khenpo Norgay Rinpoche. “To serve the Buddha Dharma in general and particularly the Palyul Lineage, he founded the Palyul Foundation of Canada. This legacy and its mission will definitely be continued by Lama Jigme under the guidance and blessing of the three Heart Sons. They have total trust and confidence in him that he will be a true Dharma holder and benefit sentient beings.”
Venerable Peling Tulku Rinpoche, the former head of Orgyan Osal Cho Dzong Buddhist Temple and Retreat Centre in Madoc, founded the centre in 1984 and remained its spiritual head until his death in May 2009. His Holiness Penor Rinpoche enthroned Peling Rinpoche as the mind incarnation of Padma Lingpa in 2001, the highest tulku ever recognized in a western birth. While Peling Rinpoche’s health had deteriorated for several years prior to his passing and his life was made very difficultdue to this, his thoughts were always of the welfare of those in his spiritual care, never for his own comfort. His courage in the face of adversity was matchless and a tremendous inspiration to his students.
Venerable Lama Jigme Chokyi Lodro, who was born in Niagara Falls in 1956, first met Peling Rinpoche in 1976 and took Refuge soon after meeting him. Following that, he studied and practiced the Buddhist path with Peling Rinpoche, becoming his personal assistant and taking novice vows in 1980, monk’s vows in 1988 and then full ordination (Bikkshu) from His Holiness Penor Rinpoche in India in 1995. He has received extensive and complete teachings from Peling Rinpoche, as well as many important cycles of initiation from His Holiness Penor Rinpoche including the Nam Cho, Long Chen Nying Thig and Nying Thig Yab Zhi, the Nyingma Kama and the Rinchen Terdzod. In addition to assisting Rinpoche and managing the retreat centre for the past 34 years, Lama Jigme has undertaken many long and short retreats of several deities, covering the four levels of tantra. Peling Rinpoche, confident in the depth of his practice and understanding of the Dharma, gave him the title Dharma Acharya and permission to teach. Lama Jigme, who is well known and appreciated for his strong devotion, discipline and humility, assumed responsibility for the Palyul Foundation of Canada and Orgyan Osal Cho Dzong upon Peling Rinpoche’s death in May 2009. Before passing away, Peling Rinpoche wrote a letter to the Heart Sons of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche naming Lama Jigme as his heart son and Dharma heir. On August 21, 2010 Their Eminences Khentrul Gyangkhang and Mugsang Kuchen Rinpoches, with the authorization of His Holiness Karma Kuchen Rinpoche, enthroned Lama Jigme as Peling Rinpoche’s Regent and formally authorized him to continue the enlightened activities of the late Peling Rinpoche.