A Saint in Seattle: The Life of the Tibetan Mystic Dezhung by David P. Jackson, His Eminence Jigdral Dagchen Sakya

By David P. Jackson, His Eminence Jigdral Dagchen Sakya

In 1960, the Tibetan lama Dezhung Rinpoche (1906-87) arrived in Seattle after being pressured into exile from his fatherland via the Communist chinese language. Already a respected grasp of the lessons of all Tibetan Buddhist faculties, he may finally develop into a instructor of a few of Western Buddhism's so much awesome students. This inspiring and not likely biography of a latest Buddha is absolutely annotated, and contains pictures.

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I, he was also one of the main teachers of Garon N gawang Lekpa, Jamgyal Rinpoche, and many others. Nyiga Kunga Nyima recited two hundred million mantras ofMahakala, was gifted with prescience, and was said to have attained the first Bodhisattva spiritual level or bhumi. He was famed also for his Vajrayogini practice. He had been highly regarded by the previous Dezhung Lungrik Trulku, who met him in Gapa in the early 1890s. kala practice. Indeed, from then until his fifteenth year, Dezhung Rinpoche received many initiations and instructions from that highly esteemed and influential mascer.

When his nephew, the young Konchok LhUndrup (Dezhung Rinpoche), joined him, he had already been in retreat for about ten or eleven years. " Vajrayogini mantra one hundred million times, and he also completed the foundation practices a million times each, under the instruction of Dezhung Lungrik Nyima. i"). He mastered "holding the nature of mind in view" (sems ngo skyong ba). 19 He practiced four meditation sessions per day (especially on Vajrayogini, Na ro Mkha' spyod rna), and at the end of his daytime sessions he would ring his bell.

23 But Dezhung Rinpoche never got beatings over the head with his teacher's slipper, as his more obstinate companion, the future Khangsar abbot Ngawang Yonten Gyatso, Lama Gendun' s nephew, did. 124 Dezhung Rinpoche did well in his studies and soon found that he could understand much of what Khenchen Shenga taught (at least on the Bodhicaryiivatiira) without many additional explanations. ' 25 Both youths would one day occupy positions of great eminence in their tradition, but at that time they were just ordinary gangly, teenaged monks who were always hungry.

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