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Gyalwai Nyugu’s Message Regarding April 20 (2013) Earthquake in Sichuan Ya’an

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A magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Ya’an in Sichuan, China this morning. Disasters occur very suddenly and without warning. Suddenly mountains shake and the earth cracks, houses and buildings collapse, roads are destroyed. People fearing for their lives crying out for help, struggling and enduring unspoken pain and suffering. I could not subdue my tears when seeing the photos of each terrifying scene that appeared on the Internet. As Buddhist, this made me acutely aware of the fact that life is so vulnerable when faced by the forces of nature! Once together, once smiling, once lively, and in the blink of an eye, separated permanently. So sudden, the change between life and death.
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Let us all light offering lamps, in remembrance for the lives lost. May the light and the warmth illuminate the path ahead, to overcome this crisis. Disasters are ruthless. Great love has no boundaries. While we are unable to prevent disasters from happening and maybe what we are able to offer is very limited, but with sincerity we pray for those who are affected by this disaster, may we light an eternal lamp in their hearts.

Gyalwai Nyugu 2012 Chinese New Year Message and Greetings

gyalwai-13The Chinese traditional New Year is here. It is the biggest festival of the year. No matter how far people live from their homes, they will stop work, and travel back home to their families so they can be together and celebrate the holiday.

Nowadays, the material world is highly developed. People eat big meals not only on New Year’s Eve, but almost every day for seven days from the Chinese New Year’s Eve. Each meal is as incredibly plentiful as the dinner of New Year’s Eve.

As a Buddhist, we hold a different opinion of this celebration. During the holiday, a large number of animals are cruelly killed in the slaughterhouses and restaurants of China just for satisfying people’s food cravings. Therefore, every banquet comes from the blood of an animal. Our human moment of celebration is a disastrous moment for these cruelly killed living beings. It is the moment when their heaven collapses. With the rapid development of industry and economy, the human being’s insatiable lust and greed are also expanded. It changes a peaceful day on this earth into a day of suffering for numerous lives. Especially during the spring festival, killing is more cruel and the numbers of lives taken are beyond estimation. Thinking about this made us fearful and filled with horror. Putting us in their shoes, animals do have all the same sensations as human beings. They also value, cherish and protect their lives. They do desire for happiness and are afraid of pain when their body is hurt. Moreover, they are fearful of death just as us human beings; they also have parents, brothers and sisters and kids, and want to stay with them forever; they fear being separated by force.

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As a Mahayana Buddhist, I firmly believe that all sentient beings within the six realms have once been our parents and other relatives. What’s more, each sentient being has a Buddha nature and the potential to become a Buddha.
When considering this, how can we not grief? If we could help save their lives before the killings happen, those animals would arise to the same sense of appreciation as us human beings. If we rescue them today, we will be helped and rescued in the future too. This is the reaction of kindness.

 

Now, people talk about the issue of a huge disaster that probably is going to affect human beings in the year 2012, and many people feel anxiety and worry and are afraid of catastrophe and death. While the ultimate disaster has not bestowed on mankind, disasters are happening every day in every corner of the earth. If our evil thoughts keep increasing and widespread of harmful deeds occurring daily, the tragedy of human beings will eventually occur in the future. The only way to protect us is our the accumulation of great positive karma and the benefits from Buddhist practice.

p1So, during this New Year’s holiday, I sincerely wish that everyone will celebrate this annual New Year by releasing life during the holiday period, and thus spending a meaningful holiday. It is a chance for us to increase our wisdom and while benefitting the others and ourselves. Releasing animals doesn’t require a great deal of money; merely doing our best is sufficient. At the same time, we need to care for animals when releasing them taking into consideration the weather conditions, especially in the north part of China where it is very chilly. I have continuously led releases with other disciples since January 19th until now.

Lastly, I would like to wish you all a happy New Year and good luck!

Lama Achuk Parinirvana – Told by a Tourist

Achuk-9One of the greatest Lamas in modern history, the founder of Yachen Gar, His Holiness Lama Achuk Rinpoche, passed into parinirvana in the early morning on July 23rd. I happened to be in Yachen Gar as a tourist and experienced this historical and miraculous event.

Lama Achuk already showed some weakness in health in late May and early June of this year. The entire monastery, which has more than ten thousand monks and nuns, and a few thousand lay Buddhists, felt great sadness and everyone were deeply concerned. Not just the monks and nuns in Yachen Gar, but also every Buddhist in Tibet and the rest of the world were deeply concerned about his health.

It was a cold rainy morning on July 23rd, all the monks and nuns, including all the lay Buddhists who were at the monastery, were required to go to the main temples to recite Buddhist Sutras, especially the Hundred Word Mantra, for the whole day for a period of seven days. Everybody was told that it was for the purpose of blessing Lama Achuk’s health.

ycg-outsideAs a tourist in Yachen, I could easily feel the sorrow in the cold and humid air and see it on everyone’s face. In the evening of July 30th, news has spread which comfirmed that Lama Achuk had gone into parinirvana! Tears rolled from everyone’s eyes! The front yard of Lama Achuk’s house was decorated with flowers. Individuals shared their memories of Lama Achuk with each other, his kindness, his incredible capacity and stories. Within 25 years, Lama Achuk has established one of the world’s largest Buddhist meditation center on an empty land! His Holiness has been recognized as a perfectly enlightened master and renowned throughout the world.

ycg-lineBut his parinirvana was not the end of the story. We were told that his mourning hall was opened for visits from early morning of July 31st. I got up at 6 am the next day and went to see what was going on. There were already a lot of people queuing. I stood in line and waited with a very curious mind to see him for the last time.

After waiting for more than 2 hours in the line, we finally went into the garden in front of the yard where his mourning hall was located. It was raining all the time and a male voice was singing some mantras over the loudspeakers which was heard throughout the entire monastery. Everybody in the line was dressed very smartly. Most of them had the tears in their eyes and khatas in their hands. Nuns and monks were in separate lines and went in through a separate door. Some of them held flowers and some with khatas as well. Everyone was in tears. Finally, when it was my turn to enter into the mourning hall, I found that a lot of nuns were sitting on the wet grassplot murmuring some Buddhist Sutras together in front of the Lama’s body. It felt like the sounds came from an ancient time, with pure soul…

ycg-hallThe mourning hall was very unusually decorated. There were no black and white curtains or flowers which were often seen in funerals, rather the entire yard, even from outside, was full of very colourful flowers, mainly in yellow, pink, red and white, which was very beautiful. With the Western mind, I was expecting to see Lama Achuk lying inside a coffin. I did not find any coffin, rather a well-decorated golden throne! In the middle of the throne, Lama Achuk’s body was sitting there as he used to do, dressed with his cassock and miter. What surprised me was that the size of his body was no bigger than a one-year-old baby! I heard long ago that he had attained inconceivable achievements and could leave this material world without any piece of body left, just like turning into a rainbow! Now, I saw that! Only 7 days later, the body size had already turned to be even much smaller! I knelt down in front of him to show my highest respects!

The visiting queue was getting longer and longer. The rain also got heavier. I was told that there were unusual thunders sounding from deep within the sky, even the earth shook. People told me, these were the signs of his blessing…

rainbowIn the following days, more and more people came from all over the Tibet and the rest of China went to visit his mourning hall. The mourning hall was open for visitors from 6 am to 8 pm each day. There were different auspicious signs that were witnessed by people almost every day. For example, sometimes people could see the lights of Buddha sit on the throne and this sign was filmed by some private cameras. On one sunny day, without any rain, everybody could see a beautiful rainbow hanging in the sky and it slowly turned into a big lotus flower. This sign appeared continuously in the sky for duration of over 20 minutes so that everybody in Yachen could see it.

All of these auspicious signs gave people gratification and encouragement, which allow one to have more confidence in the Buddhist belief. Everybody believed that Lama Achuk would return to Yachen soon after his reincarnation!

Gyalwai Nyugu visited Vietnam (8-21 Mar 2011)

gn-viet-1Gyalwai Nyugu visited Vietnam in March 2011, from 8th to 21st. It has almost been one and half years since Rinpoche visited Ho Chi Minh City as a special guest to the 11th Sakyadhita International Conference on Buddhist Women. During that visit, many were deeply touched by his warm and genuine words and some experienced great joy upon meeting him. The students, devotees and many new comers expressed their strong wishes for meeting him and receiving his precious teachings again. In the conference, Rinpoche met the Master of Sung Duc Pagoda during the break, and they had a very nice conversation. Rinpoche expressed his wishes: “In my life time, the most meaningful thing for me is to provide my help to those people who need, for their heart and life.” The Master of Sung Duc Pagoda was deeply touched by his aspiration and invited Rinpoche to conduct teachings in Vietnam 2011. To meet the strong wishes from people in Vietnam, and after long time planning, Gyalwai Nyugu visited Vietnam for the second time.

gn-viet-2On the afternoon of the 8th, the Master of Sung Duc Pagoda together with many sangha members and laypersons waited in the Ho Chi Minh airport to welcome Gyalwai Nyugu with the most warming heart and lots of flowers. After waiting in the airport for about 2 hours, they finally found Gyalwai Nyugu and his followers appeared at the exit. Such an honoured welcoming ceremony was not expected for Gyalwai Nyugu. He was a bit tired after the flight as at that time, as he had been very sick before and stayed in hospital for days. But when he saw the honour guard, he put on his cassock, and gently walked towards people with his mostly warm and handsome smile.

It was arranged for them to stay in a very good and clean hotel that is located in the centre of the city. After a short break, the dinner was arranged. During dinner, the organizers discussed the schedule of the visit. The schedule ran smoothly throughout the two-week visit.

gn-viet-3Gyalwai Nyugu conducted a series of lectures at Ho Chi Minh, Da Lat, and Binh duong respectively. The teachings were aimed for both ordained sangha and lay people. To show their highest respects to Rinpoche, before every lecture, Gyalwai Nyugu was formally received with the highest etiquette in the Buddhist world, with honour guards, baldachin and flowers. The public teachings were arranged in the shrine hall at different temples. More than 500 people, including sangha members and laypersons, attended his lectures. Often, the shrine hall was full with people. A lot of people had to sit outside and listen to him by means of the loudspeakers. Some of the listeners travelled far distances to attend his public teachings. Around 13 of his students from Singapore, Hong Kong and China made their way to Vietnam to meet Rinpoche and participate in his teachings there.

gn-viet-4There were two translators, one monk and one nun that helped translating directly from Chinese to Vietnamese. Both of them had lived in China and Taiwan, and studied Chinese language and culture for years.

Gyalwai Nyugu’s teaching was very interesting. He has such wisdom that when he looked into his audience’s eyes, and at their faces, he would know what they were expecting, what kinds of troubles and confusions they have in their life. Therefore, he could easily adapt his talk to people’s need without even asking. His talk is combined with a lot of true stories and is full of humour. His speech always gave people the inspiration to think and to understand the life in another way. The audience highly appreciated his talk, and they even followed him to different temples in order to listen to him again.

gn-viet-5The contents of his speech covered a broad scope that can be interesting for any types of people. He taught that, one should not build own happiness above other’s painfulness; we should try to do one good thing for society per day, such as helping poor people and orphans, and not cheat on each other. Love should not be superficial. He also talked about how to build harmony in family life and within society. In his speech, Gyalwai Nyugu told from Buddhism’s perspective, the importance it is to have communication with each other, and helping one another to go through the pains we experience in life and to share happiness amongst each other. He also spoke about the importance to respect each other, other cultures and other religions. Because all the cultures and religions have got one thing in common, that is compassion. The other topics, such as the foundation of Dharma Practice and related topics were also included in his teaching.

Just a few days before his visit to Vietnam, Gyalwai Nyugu was giving intensive lectures in the Northern part of China for over a month. From deep winter climate of Northern China, to the hot and humid tropic area, his body could not adapt to the huge environmental change. He had intensive stomach ache and back pain, which are the illnesses that he had suffered from for a long time. The weather in Vietnam was too hot and humid for him as grew up in Tibet, the Land of Snow. He could not eat much, so every day was not easy for him physically. His followers had begged him to take rest and shorten the visit schedule, so he could go back to China to see the doctor. But he refused. He said: “My bodhichitta is not enough, I need to continue, and I will do my best to follow the schedule.”

gn-viet-6In the morning of March 12, during breakfast, Gyalwai Nyugu learnt about the tragic accident, where both earthquake and tsunami hit Japan. When he saw the pictures on TV, he asked his translator what had happened. After hearing the details of the catastrophe of the earthquake and the tsunami in Japan, he stopped eating immediately, and prayed for the survival of the people affected by the disaster. He also requested all his followers to pray together with him. Before beginning his teaching on the following day, he sat, silently praying repeatedly for the people in Japan.

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After the teaching, Rinpoche led the animal release ceremony and prayed saying, “Just like travellers releasing the heavy luggage that they have carried, or like cutting the rope that binds bales of straw, let the pain of the hearts from this catastrophe be released, like birds flying from their cages and travel towards freedom and paradise.” Not only did Rinpoche make his most sincere dedication prayers for the victims during the earthquake, but also he made donations through the Buddhist Charitable Organization in Vietnam to help the victims.

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During his stay, Rinpoche made time to visit the charitable school at Sung Duc Pagoda. More than 400 pupils and students were very happy to see Rinpoche again and received presents from him. Rinpoche visited them during his first trip to Vietnam. He said, “I gave you my word that I will come to see you again. So now I am here to meet you. I keep my promise and will help you continuously.”
At the farewell dinner on the March 20, Gyalwai Nyugu sang an aspiration prayer that was made by Buddha Shakyamuni when he engaged in the bodhisattva path. Many disciples, Singaporeans and Vietnamese were moved to tears.

One small incident happened in the temple that was quite interesting. Rinpoche noticed one duck strolling in the temple after his teaching. This duck looks quite unique. The translator then told Rinpoche that when this duck was very little, people bought it to save its life. Many places did not accept it, and it was brought to this temple, where it was being brought up. One special scenario is that the duck will knock on the door of every Sangha’s room in the morning to wake them up, if it was not answered, it will knock on the door until the nun comes out. Rinpoche laughed and said that it must be due to the compassion of the sangha that even a duck has developed some wisdom of awareness.

gn-viet-9Gyalwai Nyugu was left with a very good impression from this visit. The natural environment is very good and the air is much cleaner compared with China, even though the economical development is not as fast as in China. People have got very good education. They are very calm and relaxed. The Buddhism education is very popular and people truly understand Science and Buddhism.

Gyalwai Nyugu left Vietnam on March 21. In the airport, the Master of Sung Duc Pagoda said to Rinpoche, even though it was only a 14-days visit, she felt that they were old friends. People here loved him very much and wished him to come back in the future. Rinpoche also said that people in Vietnam are interested in learning new things, and have high respect for Buddhism. The situation is similar to Tibet, which made him very happy. He believed that he might come back here often.

Gyalwai Nyugu – The Reincarnation of Jigme Gyalwai Nyugu

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Gyalwai Nyugu (also known as Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche) was born in 1975 at Pema in Qinghai, China. He was endowed with the name Manchoe Gyalbo by Oshe Lama Chengda at the age of three. Osel Rinpoche, who is one of the highest respected Lamas in Tibet, recognised him as a reincarnated tulku. A tulku is a particular high-ranking lama, of whom the Dalai Lama is one, who can choose the manner of his (or her) rebirth. He was ordained and received his novice vow at the age of 14.

At the age of 15, Gyalwai Nyugu went to Seda area in Sichuan and relied on Khenpo Pema Choeyang Shyada (Khenpo Choekyab) who was regarded as Milarepa (who is generally considered as one of the most famous yogis and poets in the history of Tibet) of the time and observed very pure precepts. In six years, he studied many sutras and commentaries on Vinaya (Precepts) and received many empowerments and instructions on the Nyingma tradition from Khenpo Choekyab.

At the age of 21, Gyalwai Nyugu came to Larong Five- Sciences Buddhist Institute, which is nowadays one of the biggest Buddhist universities in the world. From Choeje Jigme Phuntsok, he received extensive teachings on different sects of Tibetan Buddhism, including Nyingma, Gelug, Kadampa, Kagyu, Sakya etc, and studied the teachings of Mipham Rinpoche and Choeje Jigme Phuntsok.

Achuk-GN-1At the age of 26, following the prophecy of Wisdom Dakini, he went to Yachen Gar (Yachen Monastery) in Sichuan. When he met Jamyang Lungdok Gyaltsen Rinpoche (Lama Achuk Rinpoche), tremendous devotion arose in his mind. Lama Achuk Rinpoche was the foremost person of great holiness and virtue in all Tibet. He then served Lama Rinpoche perfectly in the three ways of pleasing the guru, and received many profound teachings from him, especially the empowerments on luminous essence of the mind and instructions in accordance with Longsal and Longchen Nyingtig of Nyingma tradition.

Gyalwai Nyugu practised the pith instructions given by Lama Rinpoche day and night. His practice and realisation has been recognised and highly praised by Lama Rinpoche. He became one of the eminent heart disciples of Lama Rinpoche. Lama Rinpoche recognised him as a reincarnation of Jigme Gyalwai Nyugu. He said, “Jigme Lingpa was one of the heart disciples of Longchenpa and his lineage holder was Jigme Gyalwai Nyugu. Gyalwai Nyugu (born 1975, also known as Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche) is the reincarnation of Jigme Gyalwai Nyugu (born 1765). I give this authentic prophecy to him who possesses the wisdom of knowing all as it is and as it appears. ”

In 2004, in accordance with the Vajra prophecy of Lama Rinpoche, Gyalwai Nyugu successfully revealed the gate of the holy mountain at Domai. Phuba and many other termas were revealed. The auspicious aspirations were made as vast as the ocean for the benefit of the Buddha Dharma and limitless sentient beings.

SONY DSCFrom the age of 18, Gyalwai Nyugu started turning the wheels of the Buddha Dharma both in Sutrayana and Mantrayana to Tibetan and Chinese devotees. From year 2001, following the advice of Lama Achuk Rinpoche, Gyalwai Nyugu has transmitted the teachings of Dzogchen (Great Perfection) to both local and foreign devotees in more than ten countries and regions, including Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, USA and Vietnam.

Gyalwai Nyugu (1975) yearned to undertake a retreat in a cave for life like Jigme Gyalwai Nyugu (1765). However Lama Rinpoche instructed him that he should not stay in solitary practice and that he should compassionately and extensively give the teachings of Dzogchen to sentient beings instead. Therefore to fulfill the wishes of his guru Lama Rinpoche, Gyalwai Nyugu has wholeheartedly transmitted the teachings of Dzogchen to disciples with karmic connections all over the world. By the end of year 2010, he had a vast number of students all around the world.

(Updated: Jan 2015)

Jigme Gyalwai Nyugu

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Jigme Gyalwai Nyugu was born in the Wood Bird year (1765) in the Dzachukha valley. As a child, he never had any interest in worldly enjoyments but experienced an unbearable urge to go to a solitary place atop a high mountain and devote himself to meditation whenever he saw rainclouds in the sky and heard the sound of gentle thunder. In his youth he made a pilgrimage to Lhasa and Samyé and other sacred places and received Dzogchen instructions, but was still obliged to accompany his elder brother on business trips. The dishonesty he encountered on such trips filled his mind with revulsion for samsara. Around this time he received teachings from Getse Lama Tsewang Rigdzin Gyatso on Tertön Nyima Drakpa’s Tsasum Sangwa Nyingtik.

Later, when his brother died at the age of eighteen, this more than any other single event turned his mind resolutely to the Dharma. The pressure from his family to marry and assume responsibilities as householder increased, a responsibility that even Getse Lama urged him to accept. His mother, however, counseled him to leave, saying that were he to stay in the region he would only be pressed to fulfill his filial duties. She gave him a piece of silver and some tea and other provisions, and sent him off in secrecy. Eventually fleeing his home, he went to see the Third Dzogchen Rinpoche, before travelling to Central Tibet with Barchung Gomchung Rigdzin.

Not long after they were in Lhasa, a thief conned Barchung out of the piece of silver by pretending to be a monk and offering to exchange it for currency. Gyalwai Nyugu was philosophical about losing their sole source of funds, and fortunately, stating that it was their own lack of merit that disallowed them to use the silver for their religious pursuits.

At Samyé they met with the First Dodrupchen Rinpoche Jigme Trinle Oser who invited them to go to Chimphu and practice with him, but first he suggested that they go meet with his own teacher, Jigme Lingpa, and receive instruction from him. When they reached Tsering Jong and met Jigme Lingpa for the first time, Gyalwai Nyugu writes that for a while all the feelings of this life dissolved and he experienced joy as if he had attained the path of insight. Then for 15 days, Gyalwai Nyugu received the empowerment from the Rigdzin Dupa, the oral transmission of Yontan Dzod and detailed instructions on meditation on Dzogchen according to the maturity of their minds (Min-trid).

Gyalwai Nyugu and Rigdzin Barchung then returned to Samye to Dodrupchen Rinpoche. Dodrupchen Rinpoche travelled with them to meet other lamas and visit other monasteries and sacred places in the area. He received instructions from Jangter, teachings from Pema Shenyen and Chod teachings from Drubchen Tubten Tendzin. While accompanying Dodrupchen Rinpoche to Lhasa, Dodrupchen Rinpoche fell seriously ill on the way and accepted his illness with great joy. This greatly inspired Gyalwai Nyugu. Later at Tsang, for nearly three years, Gyalwai Nyugu went into retreat.

Later, he also returned to Tsering Jong to receive additional instruction from Jigme Lingpa. After receiving the Yumka empowerment, he visited the sacred mountain of Tsari to meditate there. On his way to Tsari, after having given his shoes to a beggar he walked a long way with bare feet, even in snow. His feet became hard and deformed. In such hardship, Gyalwai Nyugu circumnambulated the Tsari Mountain, which takes many days. At one place, sacrificing his own safety, he saved the lives of some people who had been buried in the snow. During this pilgrimage, he continuously experienced all appearances as the Sambhogakaya, the Buddha bodies of light and rays, which appear spontaneously without dualistic concepts.

For 9 months, he meditated in solitude in Tsari. In the beginning he ate a little tsampa 3 times a day with a soup made from the bark of a tree. After some time, he ate tsampa only once a day. When even that ran out, he boiled the old tormas he had offered earlier and drank the soup of it once a day. There after all his sources of food were exhausted. After some time, he was able to see the sunlight even through the joints of his bones. He boiled some nettles and drank the liquid but it injured his throat. In this way, he endured many numerous hardships in his practice.

Then at Ogyen Ling, he went into retreat for 6 months. One day, he went out and looked at the sky in the direction of his teacher, and a strong remembrance of his root master, Jigme Lingpa and other teachers arose in his mind. He prayed to them with strong devotion and experienced a revulsion toward samsara stronger than he had ever felt before. For many sessions, he kept crying and then thinking this to be an obstacle, he contemplated the ultimate nature. For a while, he fell unconscious, when he awakened, he found that all the reference points for his view and meditation were gone. When he reported his experience to Dodrupchen Rinpoche and Jigme Lingpa, Jigme Lingpa was pleased and affirmed that he had realised the ultimate nature.

After several more retreats in east Tibet he returned to Tsering Jong and experienced once more the great joy of seeing the omniscient Jigme Lingpa, who invited him to stay for three years. He explained frankly that he had to go back home because of obligations. He returned to Kham and for twenty years he stayed in caves in the Trama valley in upper Dzachukha, eventually becoming known as the ‘Hermit of Dzachukha’ and Dza Trama Lama. He lived under extremely austere conditions, sometimes under a rocky ledge, or even out in the open. As advised by Jigme Lingpa, he devoted the entire latter part of his life to teaching whoever came to listen, giving empowerments or meditation instructions to all who were devout and sincere. During this period, he gave Patrul Rinpoche teachings on the ngöndro of Longchen Nyingtik no less than 25 times, as well as teachings on Tsalung practice and Dzogpachenpo. His instructions on the preliminary practices are recorded in Patrul Rinpoche’s famous “Words of My Perfect Teacher”.

His Holiness Lama Achuk Rinpoche

17-AchukH. H. Jamyang Lungdok Gyaltsen or Lama Achuk (Also referred to as Khenpo Achuck Brioche or Achiu Kamabu or Lama A-chos) is an incarnation of the great terton Rigdzin Longsal Nyingpo (1625-1682) of Kathok Monastery. He was
the head of the Nyingma Sect in China and one the foremost sources of virtue and great holinesses within Tibet. He was born in 1927 in Trom in Eastern Tibet and spent 43 years in retreat with his master, Tulku Arik Rinpoche.

At the age of eighteen, his mother offered Lama Rinpoche to Chomgy Arik Rinpoche as a personal attendant. Chomgy Arik Rinpoche was a famous master who was recognized as an embodiment of Avalokiteshvara. Lama Rinpoche served Arik Rinpoche with Three Joys for forty-three years. Even in the extreme, difficult time during the famine and the great Cultural Revolution, he did not show any negligence towards his guru. He took over the hardships from his guru from time to time. He realised all the secret meanings in Buddha-dharma based on his root of virtues accumulated in his past lives and more importantly, full faith in his guru.

In 1985, Lama Rinpoche established Yachen Gar (Yachen Orgyen Meditation Monastery) in Changtai District, Palgyu County of East Tibet, in an isolated valley near Ganzi (Kandze) in Baiyu (White Jade) County, in Sichuan Province, China. It is named “ Meditation Monastery” as it concentrates on real practice. Serab Yangdrul Rinpoche said, “Yachen Gar is built on a dragon’s palace. If Achuk Rinpoche (Lama Rinpoche) was not a genuine emanation of Vajrapani, dragon diseases such as smallpox would have spread.” He also prophesised, “If I have to describe how sublime Yachen Gar is, I would say it is the real Orgyen Copper-Coloured Auspicious Mountain from where many mahasiddhas will graduate.”

In the early stage of its establishment, there were only around a dozen disciples studying at Yachen Gar. Lama Rinpoche gave them teachings such as Ngondro (the Preliminary Practices), six Bardo Inductions, Longsal Inductions and Yeshe Lama. His disciples were required to practice four sessions of meditation on Trekchod and Togyal teachings of the Dzogchen Oral Instruction every day. His holiness then took the disciples to see Chomgy Arik Rinpoche to test the results of their practice. Arik Rinpoche praised that they had all recognized their primordial awareness, or Rigpa. From then on His Holiness and Yachen Gar became renowned throughout the world. Disciples started to gather in Yachen Gar from everywhere in Tibet and China in pursuit of such sublime teachings. As the Sangha assembly expanded very quickly, Lama Rinpoche commanded that the monks and nuns live separately along the riverbanks and strictly abiding by the Individual Liberation Precepts. Although famous for its concentration on meditation practice, extensive listening and contemplation are also advocated in Yachen Gar and meditation practice must be guided with understanding of the Dharma gained from listening and contemplation. Even when in his eighties, Lama Rinpoche still kept giving teachings. Blessed by the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas in the pure land of Uddiyana, guided by His Holiness Jamyang Lungtok Gyaltsen, also due to the disciples’ own clean good roots inherited from previous lives, more and more disciples have revealed signs of attaining the ultimate realization and inconceivable achievements in this sacred place where numerous sublime conditions are met. Khenchen Jigme Phuntsog praised many times, “Yachen Gar is a unique place for the transmission of Dzogchen teachings.” Although His Holiness has been recognized as a perfectly enlightened master and renowned throughout the world, he outlined a small part of his achievements to his disciples in order to improve their faith:

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“If the master has not purified his own body, speech and mind, he is not able to truly benefit sentient beings like a blind person leading another group of blind people. I am the abbot of Yachen Gar. My body, speech and mind have all been purified. The symbol of purified body is that all the details of bright body mandalas can be clearly seen in my body. The symbol of purified speech is that I can elaborate the true meaning of ‘the inseparability of our own mind and the guru’s’ without any error in my words. The symbol of purified mind is that I myself have fully realized the union of subject and object (the ultimate awareness) and I can make my disciples who have inherent connection with me realize the same vision.

Khenchen Jigme Phuntsog confirmed that I had obtained the same sublime light body as Padmasambhava and Vimalamitra. At that time only few people could see my light body. But several years later, more and more people who had connection and faith in me could see my light body. They saw Manjushri or Vimaramitra in blue cassock or Padmasambhava or the Omniscient Longchen Rabjam in my body. Some thought there might be false visions mixed in such a confirmation method for the disciple’s vision. But that is not so. True is true, false is false.”

Lama Rinpoche is the emanation of Ven Longsal Nyingpo, which contains the strongest blessing power as if we were receiving it from Longsal Nyingpo directly. It has never been contaminated by those who have broken their vows, so the ultimate blessing of transmission is well preserved.

His Holiness lived in Yachen Gar, an encampment of thousands of monks, nuns, and lay practitioners, which he established. This is one of the largest concentrations of Rinpoches and Lamas in the entire world.

Longsal Nyingpo

11-JLPLongsal Nyingpo (1625-1682): Famous terton or treasure revealer of Kathok Monastery. Also known as Rigdzin Longsal Nyingpo or Essence of the Clear Expanse. Believed to be an incarnation of Chokro Luyi Gyaltsen, one of the twenty-five close disciples of Padmasambhava who transcribed and helped Guru Padmasambhava conceal terma treasures. Current nirmanakaya emanation as His Holiness Lama Achuk Rinpoche of the Nyingma Sect.

The Tibet Plateau, land of snow, has been a sacred place for unbroken transmission of Buddha dharma. Numerous emanations of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas have emerged there, like bamboo shoots after a spring rain. The pure streams of their Dharma teachings irrigated the soil of the minds of the local Tibetans. An emanation of Padmasambhava – the great Terton Longsal Nyingpo was born in Litang County of East Tibet where holy symbols of Buddha Dharma can be seen everywhere. During his childhood his family was very poor. He had to look after the herds of a wealthy landlord of the Aku area. At that time he followed Kathog Dampa Gyamtsog and Ga Choejyong Gyamtsog and other great masters. He was given his first dharma name “Wangdza Gyamtsog” when he received the Ripening Empowerment and the teaching of Mahamudra and Dzogchen in Union. He also received the uncommon secret mind transmission of “Gompa Sandtar” transmitted from Ado Genchoe Jyongnie and many other secret teachings. Every day, while herding the stock, he practiced the Dharma. He demonstrated miracles like discovering treasures from rocks and leaving hand and foot prints in rocks. Later he exerted himself to asceticism like Venerable Milarepa in tranquil places like Choelung Cliff for years. During his practice, he witnessed the peaceful and wrathful deities as described in Tantras and was protected and served by all dharmapalas. He then went to Powo to follow the great Terton Rigdzin Duddul Dorje from whom he received the Four Empowerments of the Great Perfection and recognized Rigdzin Duddul Dorje as his root guru. Based on the prophecy in many treasure scriptures, Rigzin Duddul Dorje recognized Longsal Nyingpo as the emanation of two disciples of Padmasambhava-Rangdro Lotsawa and Gyalwa Choeying – in and prophesised that he would reveal many treasure teachings.

Those prophecies became true. Once Ven Longsal Nyingpo gathered a group of monks at the bank of a lake to make a puja offering. At the end of the ceremony, he commanded the monks to beat the drums, strike gongs and chant Padmasambhava’s mantra uninterruptedly. He then walked into the lake with an oil lamp in his right hand. After two or three days had passed he had still not reappeared from the water. Everybody thought he would not return and they stopped chanting. However, seven days later, Longsal Nyingpo emerged from another smaller lake. On another day, he got permission from the King of Litang to discover some treasure in the Zharga Divine Mountain. Hearing of this, some jealous monks created many hindrances along the way. They even placed shoes bottom-up on top of their heads as a destructive sign to his undertaking. However, these lowly actions of these people did not hinder him and instead became an ornament to this treasure finding, as what was revealed was the “Wrathful Guru Padmasambhava Sadhana”. Longsal Nyingpo revealed many treasures and teachings in the Khemelung Dorje (“Unchangeable Vajra”) Divine Mountain. He also demonstrated many miracles like subduing demons and riding a heavenly steed across the sky.

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