Ven. Peling Tulku Rinpoche

Ven. Peling Tulku RinpocheVajracharya Ven. Pel­ing Tulku Rin­poche was born in Havana, Cuba of Ger­man and Span­ish par­ents on August 2, 1938. He arrived in Cana­da in Jan­u­ary of 1959 after the Cuban Rev­o­lu­tion. A life long stu­dent and prac­ti­tion­er of the Dhar­ma, Rin­poche was giv­en Bhikkshu ordi­na­tion and the name Lama Kar­ma Jet­sun Dor­jechang Jam­gon Jam­pa Rab­jam Ten­zin Dor­je in 1977 by His Holi­ness Karma­pa XVI. His Holi­ness also rec­og­nized Rin­poche as the mind ema­na­tion of Pad­ma Ling­pa and the activ­i­ty ema­na­tion of Kar­ma Ling­pa dur­ing a vis­it to his Toron­to cen­tre in 1980.

After teach­ing the Dhar­ma in Toron­to for many years, he found­ed Orgyan Osal Cho Dzong Tem­ple and Retreat in 1984, near Madoc, Ontario, on the birth­day of Guru Pad­masamb­ha­va. Rin­poche nev­er adver­tised teach­ings or pro­mot­ed him­self and did not allow his stu­dents to do so. He spent most of his time either in retreat or teach­ing his stu­dents, each of whom has an unusu­al sto­ry to tell of how they first met him and con­nect­ed with the Dhar­ma.

Rin­poche met His Holi­ness Penor Rin­poche in 1985 at Ven. Gyal­trul Rinpoche’s cen­tre, Tashi Chol­ing, in Ore­gon. He felt imme­di­ate and very pro­found devo­tion towards His Holi­ness and from then on regard­ed him as his Root Lama. Rin­poche invit­ed His Holi­ness to Cana­da in 1988 to bestow the Longchen Nying Thig and the Zab Mo Yang Thig as well as to bless the tem­ple and its lands. Dur­ing this vis­it, Rin­poche request­ed to make the cen­tre Palyul, which His Holi­ness gra­cious­ly agreed to and made the cen­tre his offi­cial seat in Cana­da.

In 1997 Rin­poche invit­ed His Holi­ness to give the wangchen of Guhya Garb­ha, and in 2000 to give Ratnalingpa’s Vajrak­i­laya and the Nying Thig Yab Zhi. His Holi­ness gave Rin­poche the title of Vajracharya in 1995 in recog­ni­tion of his spir­i­tu­al attain­ments and abil­i­ties. In 2001 he enthroned Rin­poche as the mind ema­na­tion of Pad­ma Ling­pa and the activ­i­ty ema­na­tion of Kar­ma Ling­pa and gave him the name Pel­ing Tulku Rin­poche. He was the high­est tulku ever rec­og­nized in a west­ern birth.

Rin­poche received exten­sive teach­ings from the major lin­eage hold­ers of the Nying­ma, Kagyu and Sakya schools, and in par­tic­u­lar, he received the Nam Cho, Long Chen Nying Thig and Nying Thig Yab Zhi, the Nying­ma Kama and the Rinchen Ter­d­zod from His Holi­ness Penor Rin­poche. Rin­poche spent many years in retreat prac­tic­ing Ati Yoga (Dzog Chen), Mahamu­dra and dif­fer­ent tra­di­tions of the six yogas. Through­out his life he spent most of his time in retreat. He was well known as a very pure lama who showed great com­pas­sion for all beings. An accom­plished Dzog Chen teacher, he was able to make the dhar­ma arise as an actu­al expe­ri­ence with­in the minds of his stu­dents.

Rinpoche’s health had been dete­ri­o­rat­ing for sev­er­al years due to dia­betes and advanced con­ges­tive heart fail­ure. Though his life was made very dif­fi­cult from the effects of these ill­ness­es, 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. On the day he passed away he men­tioned that he had been hav­ing mild chest pain for a while then peace­ful­ly laid back on his bed and was gone, hav­ing suf­fered a heart attack. Rin­poche entered his final med­i­ta­tion exact­ly 49 days after His Holi­ness Penor Rin­poche ‘s tug­dam (final med­i­ta­tion) end­ed. At the exact time of his pass­ing, there was a tremen­dous wind through all of South­ern Ontario, even though the sky was cloud­less. On the day his tug.dam end­ed, a bolt of light­en­ing passed through the tem­ple, enter­ing through a south win­dow and leav­ing through a north win­dow, harm­ing noth­ing. As Rin­poche was well known to have the abil­i­ty to affect the weath­er since child­hood, these were seen by all his stu­dents as very obvi­ous signs of his pow­er­ful bless­ings. His lov­ing, smil­ing face and warm, wise and com­pas­sion­ate heart will be sore­ly missed by all of his stu­dents and those whose lives he touched. Rin­poche des­ig­nat­ed his Heart Son Ven. Lama Jigme Chokyi Lodro as his Dhar­ma Heir who will now be respon­si­ble for man­ag­ing the tem­ple and retreat and con­tin­u­ing his life’s work.

Prayer for the Swift Rebirth of Ven. Pel­ing Tulku Rin­poche by His Holi­ness Penor Rin­poche

Prayer for the Swift Rebirth of Ven. Pel­ing Tulku Rin­poche by Lama Jigme