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His Holiness Penor Rinpoche
HIS HOLINESS PENOR RINPOCHE
His Holiness Pema Norbu Rinpoche (Penor Rinpoche) was born in 1932 in the Kham region of Tibet. Fulfilling his karmic destiny, H.H. Pema Norbu Rinpoche was named the eleventh throne holder of the Palyul Lineage. After escaping Tibet, Penor Rinoche settled in Mysore, South India where he began creating a center where the Nyingma teachings and the Palyul tradition could be maintained continuously, building and supporting the largest Nyingma monastery in the world. H.H. Penor Rinpoche is known to be a reincarnation of Vimalamitra and he is respected as one of the most accomplished meditation masters of our time. Throughout the Buddhist community, he is respected for his vast knowledge and accomplishment, and for the integrity and strength with which he upholds the Buddhist teachings.
H.H. Penor Rinpoche is the embodiment of profound wisdom and limitless compassion, working ceaselessly for the Dharma and the benefit of others. Before passing away in 2009, he traveled the world spreading the dharma, establishing meditation centers and rebuilding monasteries in his homeland.
It is a matter of great joy and pleasure to inform all the disciples and well-wishers of His Holiness Penor Rinpoche residing around the globe that our beloved root guru has been reborn in Tibet. According to His Holiness Jadrel Rinpoche’s prophecy letter, Penor Rinpoche’s Yangsi (reincarnated being), was born near Leten Tramo Drag or Dung Lung Tramo Drag, the sacred place where the Nyingthing Yabshyi (The Four Cycles of Heart Essence Teachings) was revealed. Based upon this prophecy letter, combined with pure visions of Tulku Thubten Palzang Rinpoche, the Yangsi was authentically recognized.On 31st July 2014, the auspicious day of the Buddha’s First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma, the 4th Day of the Sixth Tibetan month–2141 Royal Year–the Yangsi will be enthroned.
in 1925 near the Tibetan border in China, the Venerable Gyatrul
Rinpoche was recognized at the age of seven as a tulku of Dhomang
Monastery in Tibet. In 1959 as the Cultural Revolution impacted Tibet,
Rinpoche fled for India and he lived there for twelve years. During his
initial years of exile in Buxa, India, he served as an elected
representative of the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism who had
by H.H. the Dalai Lama and H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche to move to the West in
order to spread the Dharma, Gyatrul Rinpoche came to America in 1972.
Rinpoche is the spiritual director and representative of the Yeshe
Nyingpo centers on the west coast of the United States and of Tashi
Choling, as appointed by H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche. In addition, the Ven.
Gyatrul Rinpoche has been instrumental in founding Buddhist centers for
study and practice in several other locations in the U.S. and abroad.
Rinpoche established Mirror of Wisdom in the early 1980's as the media
and archives of Pacific Region Yeshe Nyingpo.
Ven. Gyatrul Rinpoche is well-known for his wit and humor, his
ceaseless compassion, his insight and genuine humility, and for
presenting the traditional Tibetan Buddhist teachings in a way that is
accessible and contemporary yet true to the traditions he embodies and
upholds. Through uniquely skillful teaching techniques he continues to
bring students to the profound Vajrayana path and provide the sublime
guidance that is indispensable to practitioners on the path.
Namdrol was born in 1953 in a small village in Eastern Tibet. When he
was 13, he joined His Holiness Penor Rinpoche's Namdroling Monastery in
Mysore, India. Khenchen Namdrol is a greatly accomplished scholar who
has trained with many renowned masters. For many years, Khenchen
Namdrol has selflessly served H.H. Penor Rinpoche and H.H. Khenpo Jigme
Phunstok Rinpoche and received many important teachings from them and
other high lamas.
Namdrol is currently a Senior Khenchen at the Ngagyur Nyingma Institute
at Namdröling Monastery which he co-founded in 1978. It is the largest
study college outside of Tibet with the most outstanding reputation. In
1998, he also created a retreat center in Nepal which focuses on the
study and practice of The Secret Essence Tantra. Khen Rinpoche is known
for his excellent knowledge of this profound tantra. He has been the
first teacher to give in depth teachings on the Secret Essence to
Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche was born in 1954 in
a village near Lhakhang Dzong in the southern region of Tibet bordering
Bhutan called Lhodrak. From his birth, his parents had a strong feeling
that they should place him in the nearby monastery of Nub Namkha'i Nyingpo.
The head lama, Namkha'i Nyingpo Rinpoche, was the tulku of one of the
twenty-five disciples of Guru Padmasambhava. Along the deep Himalayan
valley were many caves and holy places associated with Guru Padmasambhava
and several of the great tertons who, in later generations, rediscovered
his teachings. Among them were Guru Chowang, Terton Ratna Lingpa and
Terton Padma Lingpa.
Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso has received all of the major
lineage empowerments and transmissions of the Nyingmapa school, including
the Dudjom Tersar from Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche; the Longchen Nyingthig
Yabshi, and Nyingma Kama from Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche; and the Rinchen
Terdzod and Nam Chos from Pema Norbu Rinpoche. He has done intensive
dzogchen practice under the guidance of Penor Rinpoche and other eminent
masters including Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche and Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche.
Pema Norbu Rinpoche has authorized him to represent the monastery and
to teach, to confer empowerments and to give personal instruction in
Khen Rinpoche has traveled and taught extensively
in America, in Taiwan, and among the overseas Chinese communities in
Singapore, Hong Kong, and the Philippines. His open, direct and thorough
style of teaching has been very well received. He recently gave the
empowerment of the Gyud Sangwai Nyingpo (Guhyagarbha Tantra) followed
by extensive teachings on Mipham Rinpoche's commentary, Odsal Nyingpo.
This was the first time that this fundamental Nyingma tantra was explained
in such great detail in the USA.
Excerpt from Drops of Advice from My Heart by Kyabjé Khenchen Jigmé Phuntsok
Up to now, you have wandered like madmen lacking any guidance, through the vast darkness of unknowing in beginningless existence. So now, in order to find the great sanctuary of peace and happiness, it is right that you take joy in studying the vast ocean of excellent teachings.
Yet hearing alone will not be enough to eliminate misconceptions, and confidence in the teacher and teachings will not come easily, so take advantage of hundreds of debates, teachings and compositions, and rely upon the elixir of mind that is the wisdom born of reflection.