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His Holiness the IXth Kyabgon Jedrung Yangsi Rinpoche, Ogyen Sangay Ngudup Garwang Rigzin Trinlay Lhungyi Drub Pe De Palsangpo, or Ogyen Trinlay Lhundup, was born with miraculous signs in the year 2007, June 19, as the son of His Eminence Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche and Khandro Tenzin Choeden.
For nine months, Khandro la felt radiant and energetic and did not experience any discomfort or pain when His Holiness the IXth Kyabgon Jedrung Yangsi Rinpoche was in the womb. During this season, the mango, chura, and guava trees at Shyalpa Monastery produced more than twice the usual amount of fruit. The branches were so heavily loaded with fruit that they bent down as if they were bowing with humility.
Several months before the miraculous birth of His Holiness the IXth Kyabgon Jedrungpa, an ascetic Hindu priest saw in his vision a god descending on Kapan Hill from heaven. The night before the birth, elder Chimed Dorje saw in his dream a huge golden statue of the Buddha placed directly in front of the door of Shyalpa Monastery in Kapan. During the delivery, Khandro la did not experience any particular pain. While discovering a spring of pure water in the thick forest of Shivapuri Mountain that now flows to Shyalpa Monastery unobstructed, His Eminence Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche received news of the birth through a phone call from Pema Lhamo. Many other auspicious miraculous signs occurred, of which only a few are recorded here.
When Ogyen Trinlay Lhundup was four years old, H.H. Kathok Sangay Tsering Rinpoche sent symbolic offerings of enlightened body, speech and mind plus a handwritten prophecy letter, dated June 10th, 2012, to His Eminence Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche and Khandro Tenzin Choeden, recognizing their son, Ogyen Trinlay Lhundup, as His Holiness the IXth Kyabgon Jedrungpa. As His Holiness was attending nursery school in Nepal at the time, both parents decided to keep the prophecy letter confidential and continued to send His Holiness to Lincoln school in Kathmandu.
Two years later, on November 26, 2014, His Eminence Pal Tul Thubsang Rinpoche conducted the sacred robe ceremony and offered long life initiation to His Holiness the IXth Kyabgon Jedrung Yangsi Rinpoche at Shyalpa Monastery. One week later, His Holiness the IXth Kyabgon Jedrung Yangsi Rinpoche appeared publicly for the first time in Hong Kong on December 11, 2014, at the event for the Mahasiddha Sanctuary for Universal Peace in Lumbini, with many devotees and famous Asian celebrities in attendance.
On November 3, 2015, the day of Buddha’s descending from heaven, the Golden Enthronement Ceremony of His Holiness the IXth Kyabgon Jedrungpa, took place with sacred Tibetan Buddhist ritual at Shyalpa Monastery in Kapan, Kathmandu.
Numerous High Lamas, Khenpos, Tulkus and Rinpoches from all schools of Tibetan Buddhism; thousands of monks and nuns; celebrities and performers from throughout Asia; Nepali dignitaries; Buddhist practitioners from Asia, the United States and Europe; hundreds of distinguished guests; and thousands of Tibetans, Sherpas, Tamang, Rai, Gurung, Newar, and Chepang villagers were in attendance.
On this day, over ten thousand guests came to make offerings and receive blessings from His Holiness the IXth Kyabgon Jedrungpa. Hundreds of Bhutanese, Tibetan, Nepali and other Himalayan performers celebrated with their song and dance. It was talked about as truly the most splendid and magnificent enthronement ceremony of our time. Everyone that attended took home the most wonderful memories of this most sacred Golden Enthronement Ceremony!
Presently, His Holiness the IXth Kyabgon Jedrung Yangsi Rinpoche, Ogyen Trinlay Lhundup is receiving rigorous Buddhist training and education at Shyalpa Monastery, Pal Nyesang Takten Thektse Ati Ling in Kapan, Nepal.
His Holiness the Kyabgon Jedrungpa was previously born in the form of:
1. The Glorious Buddha Akshobhya
3. Indra Bhuti Senior
6. King Songtsen Gampo
7. Langdro Lotsa of the 25 disciples
8. Drom Tonpa, Gyalwe Jungney
9. Jhayul Wa, Shonnu Od
10. The Glorious Taklung Thangpa, Tashi Pal
11. The Jetsun Sangay Wonpo
The nine reincarnations of His Holiness Kyabgon Jedrungpa are:
1. Tsokye Dorje
2. Dakpa Gyaltsen
3. Dakpa Lekdup
4. Rinchen Sherab
5. Rinchen Lekdup
6. Rinchen Odbar
7. Jampe Jungey
8. Jampal Lungtok
9. Trinlay Lhundup
The Ist Kyabgon Jedrungpa
His Holiness the Ist Kyabgon Jedrungpa, Tsokyi Dorje or Lodroe Gyaltsen Sherab Pal Sangpo, was born as the son of Khardung Sonam Tashi of Khotsagang Riwoche in the Iron Tiger year 1530. His Holiness the Ist Kyabgon Jedrungpa, was the 10th golden-throne holder of the glorious Taklung Marthang Riwoche Monastery. His Holiness the Ist Kyabgon Jedrungpa, received the oral transmissions, teachings and meditation instructions of Taklung Kagyu and Nyingma lineages under the tutelage of his elder brother, the Dharma King Pema Gyalpo, his father the Terton Khardung Sonam Tashi, Yelphukpa Rinchen Nyingpo, and the Venerable master Tashi Sangpo. His Holiness the Ist Kyabgon Jedrungpa, exchanged lineage teachings with the Jetsun Kunga Tashi of Taklung Yarthang Monastery and graciously served all to create the most complete lineage of Taklung Kagyu.
His Holiness the Kyabgon Jedrungpa, Tsokyi Dorje’s main disciples were the 18th golden-throne holder of Taklung Yarthang Monastery, the Dharma King Kunga Tashi, the 1st Khamtrul Drukpa Karma Ngawang Temphel, and many more from the Taklung monasteries.
The IInd Kyabgon Jedrungpa
His Holiness the IInd Kyabgon Jedrungpa, Dakpa Gyaltsen, was born in the Gazi family as the son of Gonpo Dorje in the 10th Rabjung, Iron Hare year 1591. His Holiness the IInd Kyabgon Jedrungpa, was ordained by H.H. the Taklung Shabdrung Drokha Pa Namgyal Phuntsok and received Namgyal Dakpa Palsang Tsal as the ordination name from the Shabdrungpa, and again received full monkhood vows from H.H. the Sharma Chokyi Wangchuk. After full ordination was received, His Holiness the IInd Kyabgon Jedrungpa worked tirelessly for the benefit of sentient beings and the propagation of Dharma.
His Holiness the IInd Kyabgon Jedrungpa, Dakpa Gyaltsen’s main disciples were the 20th golden-throne holder of Yarthang Monastery, who was known as Machen Shabdrung or Jetsun Tashi Paldrub, Zurmang Trung Garwang Karma Tenchong, Gyalton Trungpa, Garchen Lotsawa Lodro Tenpa, Janggi Rongpa Nangso, Trapa Drakpa Phuntsok, Lhorongpo Gushri, Tse Shabdrung Ngagi Wangchuk, and many more from the Taklung Monasteries.
The IIIrd Kyabgon Jedrungpa
His Holiness the IIIrd Kyabgon Jedrungpa, Dakpa Lekdup, was born in the Fire Dog year 1646, as the son of Gazi Depa Rinchen Gyaltsen and Drongpa Geruza. His Holiness the IIIrd Kyabgon Jedrungpa studied all of the five sciences from Darampa Dakpa Phuntsok. In year 1664, with his father, His Holiness the IIIrd Kyabgon Jedrungpa established the Domsum Namdak Ling Riwoche Taklung Monastery. His Holiness the IIIrd Kyabgon Jedrungpa was ordained by Tashi Paldrub of Taklung Yarthang. His Holiness the IIIrd Kyabgon Jedrungpa, established the annual Sadhana practices of Chakrasamvara, Hayagriva, Vajrayogini, Kunrik, and Mitruk, with complete sand mandala creation. His Holiness the IIIrd Kyabgon Jedrungpa constructed a stupa with the remains of Tashi Paldrub, built three statues of Tashi Paldrub, and twice published gold and silver Kangyur and Tangyur. Also, His Holiness the IIIrd Kyabgon Jedrungpa established the annual Guru Dance Ceremony on the birthday of the second Buddha Padmasambhava with the practice of victorious Dechen Dorje’s terma teachings.
His Holiness the IIIrd Kyabgon Jedrungpa, Dakpa Lekdup’s main disciples were Tashi Jampal Gyatso, Shabdrung Pak Ngawang Dakpa, Tse Shabdrung Ogyen Tashi Namgyal, the IIIrd Khamtrul Kunga Tenzin, Kunpangpa Tenzin Nyima, Lama Norbu Gyatso, the Great Terton Samten Lingpa, and many more from the Taklung Monasteries.
The IVth Kyabgon Jedrungpa
His Holiness the IVth Kyabgon Jedrungpa, Rinchen Sherab, was born in the year 1715 in the Gazi leaders’ family. His Holiness the IVth Kyabgon Jedrungpa, Rinchen Sherab became the golden throne holder in the year 1738. His Holiness the IVth Kyabgon Jedrungpa constructed a stupa with remains of Dharma King Ngawang Dakpa, commissioned many statues, and published a silver Kangyur and Tangyur. His Holiness the IVth Kyabgon Jedrungpa, Rinchen Sherab followed the tradition of previous masters and passed into nirvana in year 1743.
The Vth Kyabgon Jedrungpa
His Holiness the Vth Kyabgon Jedrungpa, Rinchen Lekdup was born in Rubjung 12, the Wood Ox year 1745. According to the findings of the government, in the tradition of the golden vase divination, His Holiness the Vth Kyabgon Jedrungpa was recognized and enthroned with grand ceremony at Riwoche Taklung Marthang Monastery. Under the tutelage of the Bay Lotsawa Tsewang Kunchab, His Holiness the Vth Kyabgon Jedrungpa became an expert in all five sciences.
After assuming the 16th golden throne of Riwoche Monastery, His Holiness the Vth Kyabgon Jedrungpa fulfilled the responsibilities of spiritual and temporal leadership of Riwoche Monastery and his people. His Holiness the Vth Kyabgon Jedrungpa was truly learned in writing, debating and oral teaching, and authored two great volumes of teachings. His Holiness the Vth Kyabgon Jedrungpa was also an expert in making statues, thangkas and mandalas. His Holiness the Vth Kyabgon Jedrungpa built many statues and stupas, and published many precious dharma texts. His Holiness the Vth Kyabgon Jedrungpa received the highest honor of Ho Thok Thu from the government.
Later, His Holiness the Vth Kyabgon Jedrungpa took a pilgrimage trip and did Tsari Rongkor. After returning from the pilgrimage, His Holiness the Vth Kyabgon Jedrungpa became a renunciate yogi, built a meditation center above Kham Riwoche Monastery, and remained in meditation for the rest of his life. In the year 1828, His Holiness the Vth Kyabgon Jedrungpa, Rinchen Lekdup dissolved into parinirvana.
The VIth Kyabgon Jedrungpa
His Holiness the VIth Kyabgon Jedrungpa, Rinchen Odbar or Dakpa Gyatso, was born in the 14th Rabjung year of 1831. After the enthronement ceremony at the Kham Riwoche Monastery, His Holiness the VIth Kyabgon Jedrungpa received complete lineage teachings from Tenpi Nyima and from the Terton Chokling, His Holiness received all the terma cycle of Nyingma teachings. His Holiness the VIth Kyabgon Jedrungpa established the Karmi tantric palace and offered it to the Terton Chokling. His Holiness the VIth Kyabgon Jedrungpa also looked after Shok Nya Neten Gon and Tseke Terton Gon.
When there was war in the region, His Holiness the VIth Kyabgon Jedrungpa traveled to Lhasa and tried to mediate. However, on his way to Lhasa, His Holiness the VIth Kyabgon Jedrungpa, Rinchen Odbar, passed away into parinirvana.
The VIIth Kyabgon Jedrungpa
His Holiness the VIIth Kyabgon Jedrungpa, Ngawang Dakpa Trinlay Jampe Jungney or Jampe Jungey, was born as the son of Tsering Namgyal and Jodhazha Tashi Dolkar of noble family from the Riwoche monastery area in the Fire Tiger year of 1866. According to the tradition of golden vase divination, His Holiness the VIIth Kyabgon Jedrungpa was recognized and enthroned as the 20th golden-throne holder of Riwoche Taklung Marthang Monastery. The administration of the country warmly received His Holiness the VIIth Jedrungpa with great fanfare and offered the title of Ho Thok Thu, and from the senior master Phurchok Rinpoche, His Holiness received ordination. From the Taklung Yarthang Monastery, His Holiness the VIIth Kyabgon Jedrungpa received complete teaching of the Taklung Kagyu lineage from Ma Rinpoche, Thegchok Jigmed Pawo. After remaining on the golden seat of Taklung Marthang Riwoche Monastery, he travelled to Degye region of Kham where His Holiness the VIIth Kyabgon Jedrungpa received non-sectarian teachings from Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Kongtrul Yonten Gyatso, and became a renowned learned scholar. His Holiness the VIIth Kyabgon Jedrungpa also received many teachings and instructions from the great yogi, Jo Rigzin, who became the principal teacher of His Holiness the VIIth Kyabgon Jedrungpa.
After remaining in a strict meditation retreat for three years, according to the prophecy of Guru Padmasambhava, His Holiness the VIIth Kyabgon Jedrungpa, invited two consorts into his life. His Holiness the VIIth Kyabgon Jedrungpa, also revealed many secret termas and sacred pilgrimage sites such as Pema Kod. Today, the Ter Teaching of Pema Sangtik by His Holiness the VIIth Kyabgon Jedrungpa is included in the sacred Rinchen Terzod cycle of Terchoe.
In the Pema Kod area, His Holiness the VIIth Kyabgon Jedrungpa established a Vinaya Monastery and a Tantric Monastery with complete disciplines and traditional teachings. His Holiness also established annual Guru Padmasambhava Day in the month of the Monkey with Lama Dance and Tantric Sadhana practice.
At the request of Taklung Tsetrul Ngawang Palden, His Holiness the VIIth Kyabgon Jedrungpa gave initiations and transmissions of the entire Taklung Kagyu lineage teachings as well as Nyingma Dzogchen lineage teachings to a huge gathering at the Taklung Yarthang Monastery. His Holiness the VIIth Kyabgon Jedrungpa had written extensively and produced eight volumes of teachings on Buddhism in general and Mahamudra and Dzogchen in particular.
His Holiness the VIIth Kyabgon Jedrungpa, Trinlay Jampe Jungney’s main disciples were Gara Lama Sonam Rabten, Tsetrul Ngawang Palden, Shabdrung Chokyi Nyima, Dudjom Jigdrel Yeshe Dorje, Phagchok Kunga Namgyal, Nyakla Devi Nyima, Namchak Tulku Sodpa Rabten, Sangsang Tulku Nedhon Gyatso, Zurmang Trungpa, Kagyurpa Dakpa Tenzin, Mentsepa Khyenrab Norbu, Yongzin Dakpa Phuntsok, Pawo Lama Rabten Gyatso, Trubwang Tsephel, Lama Tsesam, Drubwang Karma Tsundue, and many more. His Holiness the VIIth Kyabgon Jedrungpa, Ngawang Dakpa Trinlay Jampe Jungney, dissolved into parinirvana at the age of 58 in 1923.
The VIIIth Kyabgon Jedrungpa
His Holiness the VIIIth Kyabgon Jedrungpa, Jampal Lungtok, was born as the son of Langyupatsang Gelek Pasang and Kunchok Paldron of Mari in the 15th Rabjung Wood Ox year of 1925. Taklung Tsetrul Nagawang Palden and Palpung Situ Pema Wangchok Gyalpo declared the boy as the reincarnation of His Holiness the VIIth Kyabgon Jedrungpa and the administration also installed His Holiness as the 23rd golden-throne holder of Riwoche Monastery of Kham. In the 16th Rabjung of the Earth Snake year, 1929, His Holiness the VIIIth Kyabgon Jedrungpa came to Taklung Marthang Riwoche Monastery and remained there on the golden throne to receive complete basic teachings of Buddhism and carry out the complete responsibilities of the monastery.
In the Fire Bird year 1936, His Holiness the VIIIth Kyabgon Jedrungpa received the complete Taklung Kagyu lineage teachings and empowerments from Tsetrul Ngawang Palden of Taklung Yarthang monastery. His Holiness the VIIIth Kyabgon Jedrungp travelled to Lhasa to pay homage to the Tri-Jowo statues in the Fire Ox year of 1937. At this time, he received an ordination from the administrator Radring Rinpoche, Jampel Yeshe. Like the previous lineage holders, His Holiness the VIIIth Kyabgon Jedrungpa received the honorary title of Ho Thok Thu from Radring Rinpoche and after the Lhasa visit he continued his study at Kham Riwoche Monastery.
In 1950, His Holiness the VIIIth Kyabgon Jedrungpa was appointed as Chamdo Uhyon leader and later as Kungri Tunyon, as well as the leader of religious council until his retirement. His Holiness the VIIIth Kyabgon Jedrungpa published many sacred texts such as the teachings of Dharma King Tashi Paldrup, Choying Lhundup, Rinchen Lekdup, Jampe Jungney, the Five Masters of Sakya, the Three Masters of Gelug, a dharma history book by Situpa, as well as Situpa’s teachings. His Holiness The VIIIth Kyabgon Jedrungpa, Jampal Lungtok served the monastery and the people earnestly and passed away in the late twentieth century.
His Holiness the IXth Kyabgon Jedrungpa
and the Kyabgon Jedrungpa Lineage
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