Yangthang Rinpoche Gives Nyingtik Yabshi Transmission at Palyul Choekhor Ling Monastery, India

By Craig Lewis
Buddhistdoor Global | 2015-12-02 |
Yangthang Rinpoche is greeted by respectful followers at Palyul Choekhor Ling Monastery. From Yangthang Rinpoche Followers FacebookYangthang Rinpoche is greeted by respectful followers at Palyul Choekhor Ling Monastery. From Yangthang Rinpoche Followers Facebook

From 18–23 November, the eminent Nyingma master Domang Yangthang Rinpoche visited Palyul Choekhor Ling Monastery in Bir, Himachal Pradesh, to bestow the empowerments for the Nyingtik Yabshi, a set of scriptures compiled by Longchen Rabjam (1308–64) to condense the two primary lineages of Dzogchen (Great Perfection) practice in Tibet—those of Padmasambhava and Vimalamitra. Also known as the Four-fold Heart Essence, the collection condenses both transmitted teachings and terma, or “treasures.”

Having arrived at the monastery on the evening of 17 November, Rinpoche rose early the next morning and went to the main shrine hall to prepare for the empowerment. In a characteristic display of humility, in a short public address he said: “There are so many sublime beings and bodhisattvas coming to receive empowerments today. But I am just an ordinary being. I would therefore get inconceivable sins by giving empowerments to you holy people here. It is not acceptable for an ordinary man to give empowerments to sublime beings. But since I have received this transmission, I shall share it with you here.”

Yangthang Rinpoche. From Yangthang Rinpoche Followers FacebookYangthang Rinpoche. From Yangthang Rinpoche Followers Facebook

Rinpoche began the ritual by conducting a Fire Offering Puja to remove obstacles, followed by the preliminary empowerments. He was later visited by Tulku Rinzin Pema, the master who would be bestowing the oral transmission.

On the second day, before the start of the empowerments, Ringo Tulku, the host of the transmission and the chief master of Palyul Choekhor Ling, offered a special mandala to Yangthang Rinpoche in blue, white, and red to commemorate the recent terror attacks in Paris.

Auspiciously, 21 November was Guru Rinpoche Day, and practitioners from Bhutan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tibet, and elsewhere made offerings to Rinpoche and other monastics. Rinpoche himself also made an offering to all the tulkus, Khenpos, monks, and nuns in attendance.

Rinpoche bestowed the final part of the Nyingtik Yabshi empowerment on 22 November, along with a Long-life Empowerment to conclude the transmission.

On the morning of 23 November, Yangthang Rinpoche returned to the main shrine hall to join the second half of a Tsok Offering Puja conducted by all the monks at Palyul Choekhor Ling Monastery. Rinpoche then presented certificates to the monastery’s Khenpos and qualified teachers.

Offering a thanksgiving mandala to Yangthang Rinpoche, Ringo Tulku gave a short address in which he expressed heartfelt gratitude to Rinpoche and Tulku Rinzin Pema for bestowing the transmission. In the afternoon, as the invitation of Tulku Nyidrak, Rinpoche consecrated the main shrine hall of Zabsang Choekhor Ling Monastery, a short drive from Palyul Choekhor Ling.

Yangthang Rinpoche departed Palyul Choekhor Ling Monastery before sunrise on 24 November, accompanied for several miles by Ringo Tulku. While having lunch en route, an Indian Sikh from neighboring Punjab State stopped to chat for several minutes. Meeting Rinpoche for the first time, he said, “I am so inspired by you. I have so much respect for you. I feel so lucky to get to sit next to a Guru Ji like you.”

Yangthang Rinpoche during the empowerment ritual. From Yangthang Rinpoche Followers FacebookYangthang Rinpoche during the empowerment ritual. From Yangthang Rinpoche Followers Facebook

Yangthang Rinpoche was born in 1929 in Yangthang, western Sikkim. He was recognized at an early age as one of the two incarnations of Tertön Dorje Dechen Lingpa of Domang Monastery in eastern Tibet, who was an incarnation of Lhatsün Namkha Jikmé. In 1942, Yangthang Rinpoche traveled to Domang Monastery to study with Domang Soktrul Rinpoche, the main disciple of his previous incarnation. He also received teachings from Dzakha Lama Tsulo, who was a Khenpo at Domang, and from Palyul Khenpo Kunzang Özer, Rahor Dzogtrul Rinpoche, and Washul Kuchen Thupten Chökyi Wangchuk.

When Chinese forces invaded Tibet in 1959, Yangthang Rinpoche was captured and imprisoned for 22 years. After his release in 1981, he returned to Domang to find the monastery completely dismantled. He then obtained permission to return to Sikkim, and has been based there ever since.

See more

Yangthang Rinpoche Followers (Facebook)
Sang Offering with Yangthang Rinpoche in Tibet (YouTube)
Consecration by Yangthang Rinpoche/ Rayonner Films 2015 (YouTube)
Yangthang Rinpoche (Rigpa Shedra Wiki)

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