H.E. Venerable Yangthang Tulku Rinpoche
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H.E. Venerable Yangthang Tulku Rinpoche
H.E. Venerable Yangthang Tulku Rinpoche who currently resides in West Sikkim is a highly revered Guru in Nyingmapa Lineage of Tantrayana Buddhist. He is known to be the embodiment of Vimalamitra, a Dzogchen Master regarded as the chief propagator of Buddhism in Sikkim. Rinpoche has successfully retrieved many Terma Buddhist scriptures which was secretly concealed by Padmasambhava Guru Rinpoche. He had imparted these empowerments, secret cultivation methods, mantras to his entrusted disciples. ("Terma", (a.k.a. concealed treasure) is a unique tradition of Nyingmapa Lineage.
Padmasambhava foresaw the emerge of evil elements in the future that will destroy the Dharma and to protect the precious teaching of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, he had conceal some of important Dharma scriptures, instruments, elixirs, treasured in the lakes, caves, hills, air and even within the conscious. Only the truly accomplished Dharma practitioner of whom Padmasambhava had prophesized will reveal these sacred treasure.) There, Rinpoche also widely known as the Great Terton Master. (Terton, means Terma revealer)
H.E. Ven. Yangthang Rinpoche was born of Yangthang family at Sikkim in 1923. Rinpoche was recognized as the reincarnation of Terton Dorje Dechen Lingpa.
Tertön Dorje Dechen Lingpa Rebirth
It is said that at the time of the rebirth of Tertön Dorje Dechen Lingpa, from all directions the sky in Sikkim resounded in thunder, "I am here!" Sogtrul Rinpoche, his principal student and lineage holder, was already awaiting him, as the place of his rebirth had been predicted both by His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche and by His Holiness Reting Rinpoche, the Senior Tutor to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. By the time Sogtrul Rinpoche reached him he had already declared himself to be the rebirth of the tertön from Dhomang.
He had become known as Yangthang Tulku, as he is from the Yangthang clan in Sikkim. In addition to mastering the extensive training in practices of his lineage, Yangthang Rinpoche was completely trained in the Kangyur and Tangyur, and in the works of Longchenpa.
After retreating for more than 20 years in hash condition, H.E. Ven. Yangthang Rinpoche moved to Pelling of West Sikkim in 1958. In 1959, when the Communist Chinese invaded Tibet, Yangthang Rinpoche fled Dhomang. He was later captured by the Chinese, and imprisoned for 22 years. He helped many fellow prisoners who could not bear the hardship to die peacefully by performing Phowa, transferring their consciousness to Pure Lands.
Though he witnessed and experienced much torture, he bears no resentment to his captors, only compassion. In fact, he became a spiritual advisor to some of the guards. When people express sympathy advisor tosome of the guards. When people express sympathy about his imprisonment, Rinpoche says that because of Dharma, his mind was more free in prison than worldly people experience in the best of circumstances.
Following the death of Mao Tse Tung he was released. He returned to Dhomang to find his monastery completely dismantled. He then obtained permission to go to Sikkim. As a simple yogi he traveled back and forth to Nepal and Bhutan, receiving transmissions and empowerments from His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and His Holiness Dodrupchen Rinpoche.
"Rinpoche says that because of Dharma, his mind was more free in prison than worldly people experience in the best of circumstances."
H.E. Yangthang Rinpoche Propagating Dharma
He was invited to United States, Europe and Asia countried to propagate Dharma. Shortly, Rinpoche went back to his root temple Dhomang Temple in Sichuan, China to rebuild and refurbish the dismantled temple.
H.E. Ven. Yangthang Rinpoche is known for his humble and approachable character. He was widely recognized for the quality and depth of his realization, the power of his attainment, and the purity of his transmissions. Rinpoche is known as a compassionate, humble, no-nonsense Dzogchen master of the Nyingma, Old School Tradition.
Kunzang Jigmed Dechen Ödsal Dorje
NGA GYUR KÜN ZANG THUG KYI TEN PA’I SÖL
Upholder of the early translation Heart-doctrine of Kuntuzangpo
JIG MED THUG KYED TOB KYI DZIN PA LA
By the strength of your fearless intention
DE WA CHEN PO PEME CHIN LAB PA
And the great bliss of Padmasambhava’s blessing,
ÖD SAL DORJE KAL GYAR TSO ZHE SÖL
May the Vajra of Clear Light Live for a hundred aeons.
Kheabje Pema Norbu Rinpoche, the 11th throne holder of Palyul sect in Nyingmapa Lineage has pronounced that "There is no difference between me and Yangthang Rinpoche." Another prominent master Gyatul Rinpoche stated in his book that "Yangthang Rinpoche is the great achiever of Dharma, an extremely precious gem in this modern age."
Earthquakes in Nepal updates of Rinpoche's Health
Yangthang Rinpoche is currently safe in Bhutan after giving empowerment at Schenchen Monastery, Nepal with Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche. We all are thankful for Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche for his sponsorship.
With Courtesy of Mahasiddha.org, Vimalavideo, Gurupadmasambhava, and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche's Residence, Memorial House, Kyichu, Paro.