Friday, September 24, 2010

the struggle for recognition

Chokgyur Lingpa
Chokgyur Lingpa's early treasure revelations are recorded in multiple ambiguous and confused narratives. He himself wrote that before his thirteenth birthday he was visited by a vision of Padmasambhava, and that this was followed by “many unwanted and confusing apparitions,” some of them reportedly unintelligible, others apparently clear signs that he would reveal treasure. After he announced publicly that he would extract treasure from Namkadzod, one of his early teachers, Ngedzin Pusiri (gnas 'dzin pu si ri) at Pelme monastery, specifically forbade him from doing so. Nevertheless, the first four of his treasure revelations date to this period, including one of his most successful, the Barche Kunsel(bar chad kun sel), said to have been revealed in October 1848 from Danyin Kala Rongo (zla nyin kha la rong sgo), when Chokgyur Lingpa was only nineteen years old.

Biographies of Chokgyur Lingpa report that his colleagues in Nangchen scorned him, rejecting his claims to be a treasure revealer, and in his autobiography he expresses considerable frustration at this inability to gain acceptance. The nickname by which he was known during this period, Kyasu Terton (skya su gter ston), might be rendered in English as “the so-called treasure revealer of the Kyasu clan.” Ultimately, when he was twenty-five Chokgyur Lingpa left Nangchen for Derge, in search of patrons who might legitimize his treasure-revealing status. The biographies have it that Chokgyur Lingpa was expelled from his monastery, ostensibly for making mistakes during a ritual dance. But if he was in fact expelled, it is likely that it was due to his assertions that he was a treasure revealer, which possibly included his having taken a consort. Although this is nowhere explicit in the biographies, there is sufficient reason to believe that Chokgyur Lingpa began his relationship with his main consort, Dekyi Chodron (bde skyid chos sgron), before he left Nangchen in 1853.

read full biography at The Treasure of Lives

more info on image at Himalayan Art


Anonymous said...

great thank you ... interesting to see that he is always portraitet with - long plaited hair and a white skirt to represent Go-Kar Chang-Lo

also from the text by Kyabjé Trulshik Rinpoche to Karma Gyalpo (Kyabje Künzang Dorje Rinpoche)

That is proabably so many Lamas had doubt about him - cause he wore - Go-Kar Chang-Lo

pensum said...

thanks for the links to an excellent explanation of the ngakpa tradition.

Anonymous said...

Yo might like to know that - Karma Gyalpo (Kyabje Künzang Dorje Rinpoche) is someone how cared the Go-Kar Chang-Lo. Every Lama who came to see him who wore white and short hair was asked why?

FYI Rinpoche passed away on 7th september 2010 in his house in Boudha and cremated on his rooftop under supervision of Kyabjé Trulshik Rinpoche and Kyabjé Chatral Rinpoche, and Tulku Tsepak Rinpoche and Gyalse Tulku Rinpoche is performing the rituals.

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anon-linker said...

Thanks for the photos. How sad for us, he was one of the greatest living master. A perfect emanation of Guru Rinpoche.

Karthik said...

" his autobiography he expresses considerable frustration at this inability to gain acceptance..." Hmm...that sounds not very enlightened thinking? Could you clear out on this? Thank you

pensum said...

If he hadn't been provided a mandate directly from Padmasambhava and the dakinis to share and spread Guru Rinpoche's own teachings, perhaps it could be viewed as merely ego and competition, a desire for success. However the terton is not going to all the trouble to reveal, write down, teach and spread Padmasambhava's teachings for the terton's own glory but rather to benefit others, to alleviate their suffering and provide them with the means and knowledge most appropriate and effective for their own contemporary time. So from this angle his "frustration" is that of a bodhisattva or buddha for whom (as Tsoknyi Rinpoche says) a touch of sorrow always arises with the dawning of the light of compassion as it illuminates the infinite suffering of sentient beings.

Erik Pema Kunsang said...

Perfect answer, Michael.