TO VEN. 3rd DRIGUNG ONTÜL RINPOCHE
Ven. Drigung Ontül Rinpoche holds both the unbroken lineage of the
Maha Mudra and Maha Ati transmission of The Drigung Kagyu Order of Tibetan
Buddhism. Rinpoche is a well known Dzogchen Master who has the blessings
from His Holiness The Drigung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche and travels
extensively all over the world propagating precious Dharma to those
interested in learning and practicing either the Mahamudra
transmission from Buddha Vajradhara or Maha
Ati transmission from Guru Padmasambhava.
Rinpoche also received many of the Nyingma transmissions and he frequently
gives teachings, pith instructions, oral transmission and confers empowerment
on the Peaceful and Wrathful Yidam and Dharma Protector deities practice
by both the Kagyu and Nyingma Traditions
different occasions Ontül Rinpoche received Mahamudra and Dzogchen
teachings from H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche, Ven.
Khunu Lama Tenzin Gyaltsen, H.H. Dilgo Khyentse
Rinpoche, Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche and others.
From the yogi Khyunga Rinpoche, Ontül Rinpoche
received teachings and his personal instructions on the Drigung Kagyu Five-Fold
Profound Path of Mahamudra. In the years which followed, Ontül Rinpoche
went to Drigung Kagyu Monasteries in Ladakh where he received most of the
important empowerments, instructions and oral transmissions of the Drigung
Kagyu tradition from H.E. Choje Togden Rinpoche.
From Nyingma scholar namely Ven.
Khenpo Thübten, Ontül Rinpoche receives an extensive instruction
on the Longchen Nyingthig Ngondro practice. Later Ontül Rinpoche received
many more teachings from Khenpo on several important Nyingma texts.
more about the Drigung Kagyu Maha Mudra Lineage
or Maha Ati Lineage Transmission, kindly
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Ven. Drigung Ontül Rinpoche's previous incarnations are connected
with Orgyen Nüden Dorje, a great discoverer
of hidden teachings (gter ston) of the last century. He was well known
as an emanation of Nyang Ban Tingdzin Sangpo, a great master at the time
of the 8th-century Tibetan emperor Thri Song Detsen. The elder brother
of Nüden Dorje and first Ontül
was Kunzang Drodül.
of Drog-Ban Khiu Chung Lotsawa]
Kunzang Drodül (Elder brother of Tertön Lho Jedrung Nüden
Chöyang Rangdül (attained rainbow body)
Tenzin Thrinle Rabgye Palzangpo (present)
Drigung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche (Thugje Nyima) (1828-1889) recognized
him to be the emanation of Khiu Chung
Lotsawa, one of the twenty-five main disciples of Guru
Padmasambhava. Since Kunzang Drodül was the elder brother of Orgyen
Nüden Dorje, his successive incarnations are known as Ontül,
which means ' the elder brother'.
present Ontül was born in Kham Nangchen in Eastern Tibet in the year
1950. Ontül Rinpoche's family lineage is called Göpe, or also
Pebön Thogtrul, which is one of the thirteen noble family lineages
that are again explained as stemming from the inner lineage of Lodan Nyingpo,
who is one of the four ancient Tulkus of Bön religion, before Padmasambhava's
time. Another brother of His is the 8th
Bagyod Rinpoche , a Karma Kagyu master.
Holiness The Drigung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche and His
Holiness The 16th Gyalwa Karmapa recognized him as the incarnation
of Ontül, and was given the name Konchog Tenzin Thrinle Rabgye Palzangpo.
Accordingly, in the same year he was enthroned in the Monastery Dong Med
Ogmin Thubten Shedrub Ling. Lama Kalsang Namgyal, the attendant of his
previous incarnation, took the responsibility for giving him the basic
education such as in reading and writing, reciting texts, etc. After the
Cultural Revolution, Ontül Rinpoche visited his previous monasteries
in Tibet and traveled to Drigung Thil where he met The Meditation
Master Yogi Pachung Rinpoche and received oral
transmissions and teachings, which Ontul Rinpoche repeated thoroughly and
then practised. Proceed here to read the complete biography
of Rinpoche..................... Long Life
Prayer for Rinpoche
Ven. Ontül Rinpoche holds transmissions of the Drigung Kagyu tradition
as well as of the Nyingma tradition. His lineage originated in the 19th
century in Eastern Tibet under the spiritual guidance of the Drikung Tertön
Nüden Dorje. To maintain these transmissions, Rinpoche established
the Wogmin Thubten Shedrub Ling Monastery in Rewalsar (H.P.) which is traditionally
called Tso Pema (Lotus Lake) by Tibetans. Read complete Dharma
activities here .......
Y2000 Snake Year
Teachings of The Glorious Drigung Kagyu
Transmissions of the Nüden Dorje Kabum, which was transmitted by Most
Ven. D. Ontül Rinpoche during the 12 Years Cycle of Snake Year Teachings.
The event is held at Drigung Kagyu Institute in Dehra Dun, Uttar Pradesh,
India from the 29th November, 2000 to 18th December, 2000. Kindly visit
the DKI Snake Year photo album Ontül
Rinpoche Photos or General
Where is Ontül
Rinpoche conducting Dharma Teachings now?
has a large numbers of disciples and teaches extensively during his yearly
and North American Dharma Tour 2001&2.
July 2001, the disciples wholeheartedly proposed to Ven. Drigung Ontül
Rinpoche in setting up the first DDC - Drigung
Dzogchen Community in Malaysia . The group of devoted disciples
drafted out the mission points on the importance
of having the Community to support each another in the present and future.
Rinpoche agreed to the proposal and thereon presided over it as the Chairman.
Dzogchen Gradual Study & Practice Courses.
Year ; - Preliminary Foundational
Year ; - Deity Meditation (Yidam
Year ; - Chöd (Cutting
Year ; - Dzogchen Essence Introduction
(Nature of Clear Light Mind)
to Tenth Year ; Course to be confirm
Year 2003 Worldwide Group
Retreat in Wogmin Tsopema Rewalsar India, view
For more info on yearly courses, please visit
Audio Compilation on the First Year Preliminary Teachings
Thubten Shedrup Ling in Tibet was founded by Drigung Tertön Nüden
Dorje, an embodiment of Tibet's great yogi Milarepa. During the Cultural
Revolution in Tibet, Most Ven. Ontül Rinpoche escaped Tibet and in
early 70's he founded Wogmin Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery in Tso Pema
in order to preserve the spiritual knowledge and tradition started by Lord
Jigten Sumgon the founder of Drigung Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism.
coming back to India from Ladakh, in 1971 from the local Maharaja, Ontül
Rinpoche bought a piece of land at Tso Pema (Rewalsar, Himachal Pradesh,
India) and build a monastery from the donations which he received from
the people of Ladakh. With the help of monastery monks Ontül
Rinpoche managed to construct a monastery on this piece of land. Tso Pema
means the “Lotus Lake”, and this is one of the sacred places where Guru
Padmasambhava demonstrated his miraculous powers. The purpose of his exhibiting
miracles on that place was to subdue the king and the people of that region,
which was then known as Sahor. It took many years for Ontül
Rinpoche to complete the monastery with the sacred objects, ritual instruments,
and other necessary things.
are about 50 monks ranging in age from 5 to 74 years old, many of the young
monks are orphans, semi-orphans and from poor family trying to survive
in a difficult situation as their parents are barely able to survive. The
compassionate Ontül Rinpoche accepted
many of these young monks and with the intentions to maintain the pure
Buddhist Tradition in the monastery. The Monastery is situated in Tso Pema
(Lotus Lake), a well known lake where Guru Rinpoche performed miracles
which has a place in the history of Tibetan Buddhism and are told over
and over again to younger generations. Many Buddhist from all over the
world frequent this sacred lake during their pilgrimage to holy places
TULKUS OF LHO LUNGKAR
1. Lho Tshele Lhundrub
2. Lho Drubchen Tendzin Zangpo
3. Lho Tendzin Changchub Zangpo
4. Lho Jedrung Ögyen Nüden
5. Lho Jedrung Tendzin Gyalbu
6. Lho Böngtül Tendzin
7. Lho Böngtül Tendzin
Nyima (present in Lungkar Gön)
Ontül (Elder) Lineage
1. Onchen Kunzang Drodül
2. Ontül Chöyang
3. Ontül Tenzin Thrinle
Rabgye Palzangpo (Present in Wogmin Tsopema)
Chung (Younger) Lineage Tulkus.
1. Chung Drubgyü Tendzin
3. Chung Ögyen Dorje Chönyi
Thundrub (Present in Lungkar Gon)
Gyaltsab Lineage Tulkus (Chief
1. Gyaltsab Ögyen Tendzin
2. Gyaltsab Kunchab Senge
3. Gyaltsab Don-Ngak Tendzin
(Present in Lungkar Gon)
BLOOD BROTHERS OF ONTÜL RINPOCHE
All 5 are reincarnated Lamas,
from left to right:
Bagyud Tulku - Karma Kagyu,
Sonam Tulku - Bonpo, Ontul Tulku - Drikung Kagyu,
(the late) Gyaltse Tulku -
Sakya & (Name Unknown) Tulku - Bonpo.
Bagyud Tulku, Gyaltse Tulku
(reincarnated, now in India) & Ontül Tulku.