You follow a genuine spiritual lineage by striving to be the best that you can be. My teachers have always done their best to realize their own pure essence. These great masters are never corrupted by desire for personal gain or glory. This is the virtue of a lineage that is golden and untarnished.
~ Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche
His Eminence Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche is a lineage holder of Dzogchen (Great Perfection), the culmination of teachings within the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. Dzogchen encompasses the most profound view, path, and realization of our self-perfected, pure unconditional nature.
One of the most widely practiced lineages within the Nyingma tradition is the Longchen Nyinthig (Heart Essence of the Vast Expanse). This transmission originates from the subtle Buddha body of Samantabhadra to Vajrasattva, to the first human teacher Garab Dorje, to Vimalamitra, Padmasambhava, Longchenpa, Jigme Lingpa and Patrul Rinpoche, among many others, to the present day lineage masters. Foremost among them was Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche's root teacher, His Holiness Chatralwa Sangye Dorje.
Shyalpa Rinpoche also received transmissions and empowerments in the Dudjom Tersar and Pema Sangthig lineages. The Pema Sangthig (Secret Essence of Padmasambhava) is a treasure teaching of Padmasambhva revealed by the Seventh Jedrungpa, Thrinley Jampa Jungne Rinpoche, a Riwoche Lama active in the late 19th to early 20th century. The Seventh Jedrungpa was a primary teacher of Dudjom Rinpoche Jikdrel Yeshe Dorje and Kangyur Rinpoche Longchen Yeshe Dorje. Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche received the Pema Sangthig from his teacher Shabdrung Rinpoche, Chokyi Nyima, who was a disciple of the Seventh Jedrungpa. The Pema Sangthig is a Dzogchen (atiyoga) practice that includes both mahayoga and anuyoga practices. Many of Rinpoche's students engage in the Pema Sangthig preliminary practices.
The Sixteen Primary Teachers of Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche
Top row, left to right: HE Deshung Rinpoche, HH The Dalai Lama,
HH Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Ven. Trulku Theklo Rinpoche
Second row: Very Ven. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, HH Penor Rinpoche,
HH Taklung Shabdrung Rinpoche, HH Dodrupchen Rinpoche, HE Drikung Tokden Rinpoche
Third row: Ven. Khenchen Daser Rinpoche, Very Ven. Nyulshol Khen Rinpoche,
HH Chatralwa Sangye Dorje (root guru), HH Sangye Tsering Rinpoche, Ven. Lama Dakpa Gyatso
Fourth row: HH Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche, HH Khangsar Tenpo Rinpoche
Longchen Nyingthig Lineage of Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche
The Longchen Nyingthig is a terma, revealed scripture, of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism, which gives a systematic explanation of Dzogchen. It was revealed by Jigme Lingpa.
Rigzin Jigme Lingpa
Dudjom Tersar Lineage of Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche
Dudjom Tersar is the collective name for the large collection of terma teachings revealed by Dudjom Lingpa and Dudjom Rinpoche. As a class of texts, Tersar means "new or recently revealed treasure teachings." Dudjom Rinpoche was a major terton or treasure revealer of hidden teachings. Dudjom Rinpoche is considered one of the Hundred Great Tertons in the Nyingma lineage.
Terchen Dudjom Lingpa
Pema Sangthig Lineage of Shyalpa Tenzin Rinpoche
The Padma Sangthig is a treasure teaching of Padmasambhva revealed by Jedrung Thrinley Jampa Jungne Rinpoche, a Riwoche Lama who passed away in the earlier part of the ninetenth century.
HH the Seventh Jedrung Jampa Junge
(Terton Dudjom Namkhai Dorje)
Taklung Shabdrung Rinpoche