The 8th Garchen Triptül Rinpoche
The Kagyu lineage of
Tibetan Buddhism has been inherited by highly accomplished lamas. This
is particularly true of the Drikung Kagyu lineage, which was founded by
Kyobpa Jigten Sumgon,whose main disciple was Nyun Gar Chusum. The details
of this lineage and its significance are described in The Drikung's Golden
Garchen Rinpoche is
one of the important Rinpoche in Drikung Kagyu order. His lineage of incarnation
can be traced to Gardampa Chodengpa, a disciple of the great Kyobpa Jigten
Eminence's incarnation as Gardampa Chodengpa
Gardampa Chodengpa was
born in 1180 A.D., and he was recognized to have been an incarnation of
the Acharya Aryadeva Bodhisattva, a disciple of Nagarjuna. At birth he
was able to hold a staff, and he chanted the six syllable mantra. His mother
was too frightened to tell others of her son's abilities. Later, he practiced
Mantrayana at Tsari, Tibet. While residing at a cave of Gar at Dagpo, all
the gods and demons of Tibet gathered round him. At first they drew sharp
weapons and wounded him, but later took refuge in him, offering the mantras
of their lives.
When Gardampa Chodenpa
was young, he heard of the glorious accomplishments of the mahasiddha Kyobpa
Jigten Sungon. So he decided to make his way to Drikung. He then stayed
there and received many teachings and practiced under the guidance of his
guru, Kyobpa Jigten Sumgon. Very soon he was able to attain complete realization,
and he became one of the three important mahasiddhas -- Gar, Nyo, and Chosum
-- of Kyobpa Jigten Sumgon. Gardampa exhibited miraculous powers on many
occasions and through his profound teachings initiated numerous sentient
beings on the path of Dharma.
Many disciples started
gathering around him, but it was too early still, so he scolded them to
leave. He founded the monastery of Lung-shod Dar-Chodeng at Drikung. Eventually,
so many monks gathered around him, he moved away to found the monastery
Among the succeeding
incarnations of Gardampa Chodenpa, Gar Tenpa Gyaltsen became the regent
of Their Holinesses the two Drikung Kyabgons (lineage holders). In that
capacity he benefited all beings.
Gar Choekyi Nyima, chanted the Chakrasamvara mantra more than 13 billion
times and became a mahasiddha. He could perform great miracles, such as
curing diseases, preventing wars, eliminating hunger, etc.
From the first Gar Tenzin
Phuntsok to the present 8th Gar Konchok Nyeton Tenpei Nyima, all the succeeding
lamas have been the supreme personal guru of the Nangchen kings.
biography of the present
8th Gar Konchok Nyetong
Tenpei Nyima Choekyi Palsangye
His eminence was born
in 1936 in Nangchen Kham. The King of Nangchen personally took responsibility
for searching for the reincarnation of the 7th Gar Tinley Yonkyab. Rinpoche
was recognized and enthroned by His Holiness the late Drikung Kyabgon Shiwei
At the age of seven
Rinpoche was brought to Lho Miyalgon, where he was offered ceremonial clothes
and other items. He pointed to a painting of the Drikung lineage's founder,
Jigten Sumgon, and proved his authenticity as the reincarnation by saying,
"He is my Guru." This made people around him confident that he was the
true reincarnation. From that time until the age of 22 Rinpoche lived at
and administered this monastery.
Under the tutelage
of Chime Dorje, Rinpoche received many teachings. At the age of 13 he received
the Drikung Kagyu lineage teachings from Lho Thubten Nyingpo Rinpoche of
Lho Lunkar Gon. He received oral transmission, explanation and empowerment
for Mahamudra and the Six Yogas of Naropa. He completed Ngondro practice
and went into a three year retreat. He later did twenty years of retreat,
during which time he met Khenpo Munsel, a great disciple of the renowned
Nyingmapa Khenpo Ngagchung. From Khenpo Munsel he received Dzogchen teachings
and practiced secretly. Khenpo Munsel was astonished at Rinpoche's great
achievement and commented of him: "He is an emanation of a Bodhisattva."
Since 1979, His Eminence
Garchen Rinpoche has been looking after the welfare of his monastery. He
has been gracious and kind to poor people. He has given all the offerings
he received to the monastery and has decided not to use anything for himself,
his relatives, or his mother.
In recent years, Garchen
Rinpoche has shouldered responsibility for rebuilding all of the Drikung
Kagyu monasteries in Eastern Tibet, while at the same time wholeheartedly
giving profound teachings of the lineage to others. In addition, His Holiness
Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche received the empowerment and transmission
(lung) of Yamantaka (Jampel Shinje) from Garchen Rinpoche, and composed
a long life prayer for him. In prayer H.H. Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche
regards Garchen Rinpoche as a great Drikung Kagyu yogi of the present time.
His Eminence Garchen
Rinpoche is very considerate and humble to all people regardless of position,
age or gender. His advice for people who drink, smoke, gamble and engage
in other wrongdoings has been very effective in correcting their behavior.
By nature he is able to work for the benefit of others and has earned great
respect from the public. His Eminence has never betrayed the expectations
of his disciples or others. He is extraordinary in this age of degeneration.
brief biography was compiled by His Eminence's disciple Konchok Toga, Abo
Bu Nyima, in consultation with the present Garchen Rinpoche. This is like
a drop of water out of his accomplishments, which are as vast as the ocean.
This originally was completed on the 17th of September, 1996.
Excellent Stream of the
a prayer for the
long life of
H.E. Kyabje Garchen
Unchanging great bliss,
Dance of objectless
Protect me lord of
the undivided three kayas!
In the center of a white
lotus, complete with the sixteen aspects,
White as the autumn
moon, holding an utpala flower,
Protecting from the
eight fears, mother of the buddhas of the three times,
, bestow immortal life!
In the holy land you
were known as Aryadeva,
In Dokham you manifested
in the Gar family,
Heartson of Jigten
Glorious Garchen, for
a hundred eons may your life remain firm!
Full moon, ornamenting
the doctrine of the Three Jewels,
In the cave of the
eastern mountain you attained sublimity,
And yet you stay as
a kumuda in the cool rays of a low seat?
Garchen, moon of benefiting
others, may your life remain firm!
Leaving aside the winds
of food, clothing and talk,
Wearing the armor of
learning, virtue and nobility,
Your three samadhis
firm as the ocean-waters?
Garchen, light of certain
meaning, may your life remain firm!
In this degenerate time,
when the doctrine of the victorious ones is feeble,
Through your vajra-like
You carry the heavy
burden of the unbiased teaching?
Garchen, sun of the
doctrine, may your life remain firm!
Although the three secrets
of a lama possessing blessing,
Cannot be assaulted
by the obstructions of demons,
Yet according to the
nature of dependent origination,
prayer is marvelous.
Through the blessing
of Mahakala and Chöki Drölma,
May this pure prayer,
made with a pure heart,
Be accomplished according
to its meaning, spontaneously and without obstacles!
the request of the monks Karma Drodül and Drukseng of Lholung Kargön
monastery, this prayer was made by the one blessed with the name of the
Glorious Drikungpa, Konchog Tenzin Kunsang Trinley Lhundrup. Written on
the 29th of the second month, in the year of the water monkey , in
the 17th rabjung cycle, may this prayer bring virtue.
to the impeccable perpetuation of the glorious Kagyu lineage and to the
of its leaders and followers in accomplishing their commitment to
all sentient beings to the state of enlightened awareness.
FOUR LIMITLESS THOUGHTS
mother sentient beings, boundless as the space, have happiness and the
causes of happiness.
be liberated from suffering and the causes of suffering.
never be separated from the happiness which is free from sorrow.
rest in equanimity, free from attachment and aversion.