By David P. Jackson, His Eminence Jigdral Dagchen Sakya
In 1960, the Tibetan lama Dezhung Rinpoche (1906-87) arrived in Seattle after being compelled into exile from his place of birth by means of the Communist chinese language. Already a respected grasp of the lessons of all Tibetan Buddhist colleges, he may ultimately turn into a instructor of a few of Western Buddhism's such a lot outstanding students. This inspiring and not likely biography of a contemporary Buddha is totally annotated, and contains photos.
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Indeed, from then until his fifteenth year, Dezhung Rinpoche received many initiations and instructions from that highly esteemed and influential mascer. 47 In particular, when Dezhung Rinpoche was thineen, Nyiga Rinpoche encouraged him to practice the dreamyoga ofRnal 'byor ma. " His uncle was so impressed by this pledge that he wrote a letter to Garon Lekpa Rinpoche, telling him, "My young nephew has received the Cakrasamvara from Nyiga Dorjechang and made the vow to do one hundred million recitations in chis life and to complete them in the next life if necessary!
It had been founded around the 146os by the Sakya Khon master Dagchen Gyagatwa Sherab Gyaltsen (1436 or 1439-1495) under the sponsorship of Dra'u Lama Kundun Rinchen Chokdrup. In the scriptural seminary there were only fifty or sixty monk students, but the system was still awe-inspiring to the neophytes. This was the first time that Dezhung Rinpoche had sat among many learned monks. The day after a passage had been taught, the seminary master would draw one student's name at random (from rolled-up slips of paper), and that student would have to stand up before the whole assembly and expound the passage.
Learning the cursive script came almost automatically: his uncle showed him a letter from Dezhung Rinpoche's future chief reacher, Garon Ngawang Lekpa, and from that he learned the script almost immediarelyY When his uncle was in one of his daily meditation sessions, he was left all alone. Sometimes in the day when he was all by himself he felt lonely and depressed, bur other times he felt elated and laughed. In rhe evening when his uncle came our of his afternoon medication session, he always felt happy.
A Saint in Seattle: The Life of the Tibetan Mystic Dezhung Rinpoche by David P. Jackson, His Eminence Jigdral Dagchen Sakya