H.E. The 6th Gochen Tulku

Tulku Sang Ngag Rinpoche

Gochen Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche is the founder and spiritual director of Ewam International Centers around the world. Born into one of the oldest families in Tibet, which eventually came to be known under the name Namchak, or “sky iron,” in an area called Chamdo in the Kham region of Tibet in 1952, Rinpoche was recognized in early childhood by the great rimé lama [representing all traditions of Tibetan Buddhism], Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö [1893-1959], as well as by the former Zigar Kongtrul Rinpoche, to be the reincarnation of the Gochen Tulku.The third and fourth incarnations of great tertön Tsasum Lingpa were successively reborn into the Namchak family, which was responsible for maintaining the local monastery of Namchak Ritrö, the historical hermitage of Tsasum Lingpa, located in Chumbo. Therefore Tulku Sang-ngag’s family had high hopes that he was the 5th reincarnation of Tsasum LIngpa. To their dismay, however, he himself insisted he was actually the Gochen Tulku, and it was soon thereafter that he was formally recognized and confirmed as the 6th incarnation of Gochen Tulku. It was Tsasum Lingpa who first predicted and named the site for Gochen Monastery, which was then built by the first Gochen Tulku, Gyalwa Gyatso.

     Near the mere age of three, when Rinpoche was with his family and a large group of others harvesting hay in the fields, he was left sitting on a boulder at the foot of a cliff, where he imparted the wondrous sign of his realization by leaving his footprint in a rock, as though in soft clay, still visible to this day.Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche, an outstanding meditation master and scholar, is a lineage holder of the Namchak lineage and other profound and widely practiced lineages of Tibetan Buddhism.

     Rinpoche is also widely regarded as a master stupa builder. He has established Turquoise Leaf, a practice center for Tibetan nuns in Nepal.          Rinpoche’s vision of a peace garden in a mountainous valley came to him as a small child, eventually leading him to Montana to build the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas. His primary residence is in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he established a retreat and practice center, Pema Khandro Ling. 

    Tulku Sang Ngag Is the head Spiritual Director followed by Khenpo Ugyen Wangchuk for Ewam Ku Sum Ling in Kneeland California. 

 

 

                         Rinpoches foot print in stone at age 3

PadmaSambhava

Guru Rinpoche

   Padmasambhava "Lotus-Born", also known as the Second Buddha, was a sage guru from Oddiyana, northwestern Classical India (in the modern-day Swat Valley of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan).

   Padmasambhava is said to have transmitted Vajrayana Buddhism to Tibet, Bhutan and neighboring countries in the 8th century AD. In those lands, he is better known as Guru Rinpoche (lit. "Precious Guru")    

   Followers of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism regard him as the second Buddha.

Guru Padmasambhava - was first introduced to Tibet in the eighth century when King Trisong Detsen invited the Indian master Santaraksita to teach the sacred Dharma to the Tibetan people. When Santaraksita arrived and he and the king began to build the first monastery, resentful mountain spirits interfered and created many obstacles. Realizing that the help of a realized master with control over physical reality was needed, the king invited Padmasambhava to come and tame the angry spirits of Tibet.

      Padmasambhava, regarded as an emanation of Buddha Amitabha, was born miraculously from a lotus blossom in the land of Oddiyana located in present-day Pakistan. He was known far and wide for his miracle powers, including his ability to subdue spirits.

     At the request of the king, Padmasambhava journeyed to Tibet and engaged the local nature spirits in magical combat. Conquering these spirits, he bound them by oath to protect the Dharma for all time. Evidence of his victories in these battles can still be seen throughout the valleys and villages of Tibet, where he is affectionately known as "Guru Rinpoche," meaning "Precious Master."

     The King, Santaraksita and Padmasambhava then worked together to establish Buddhism in the country. The King founded temples and Santaraksita ordained monks, while Padmasambhava worked at a more mysterious level.

    Guru Rinpoche established the secret and powerful practices of Tantric Buddhism, and gave profound and extraordinary teachings to his closest disciples, including the king. In addition, foreseeing that a future king would one day try to destroy Tibetan Buddhism, Padmasambhava concealed religious treasures throughout the Himalayan region. These treasures would be revealed centuries later by seers destined to receive them.

    His work complete, Padmasambhava did not die, but flew away with his consort on the rays of the sun. It is belived by many, especially those within the Nyingma school (which traces its lineage directly to Padmasambhava), that he is still living, and remains full of compassion for sentient beings. Dwelling at the level of spontaneous presence, the great Guru has the power to bestow blessings instantly and grant wishes immediately. He remains to this day the deeply beloved focus of practice for many Tibetan Buddhists.

 

Chenrezig

 The Bodhisattva of Compasion. His Holiness The Dalai Lama is considered the Incarnation of Chenrezig. 

Ven. Khenpo Ugyen Wangchuk

   Khenpo Ugyen Wangchuk is one of the rare advanced level Bhutanese monastics that spends all his time teaching and spreading the Vajarayana in the USA, Taiwan, Nepal, and Bhutan.

    Khenpo has studied and practiced Buddhism since the age of 7, and in 2001 completed a nine-year course in Buddhist studies, receiving a Master’s degree (MA) in Buddhist Philosophy from the Nyingma Institute Taktse. After completing his studies, he taught for several years, and then, due to his exceptional scholarly ability, was appointed to be the Principal of the Nyingma Institute. In 2006, the title of Khenpo (equivalent to a PhD) was conferred upon him.

    An expert on the teachings and ritual practices of Terton Pedgyal Lingpa and the KuSum Gongdue Cycle Which, as resident Lama and Spiritual director of Ewam Ku Sum Ling, he will be establishing these teachings at Ewam Ku Sum Ling in Kneeland, Humboldt county, California and Ewam Ku Sum Ling Centers World Wide. 

    Khenpo is one of the primary disciples of Tulku Sang Ngag Rinpoche and along side Rinpoche received the many transmissions directly from Terton Pedgyal Lingpa.

    Khenpos beautiful voice, compassionate nature, and wonderful sense of humor make his teachings a joy to attend.

Terton Pedgyal Lingpa

    A convergence of sutras, tantras and pure vision was established in “The Land of Snow” by Dharma King Thrisong Deutsen together with Indian master Shantarakshita, the great master Padmasambhava as well as hundred and eight scholars and translators in 8th century. In particular, the threefold precious yoga practice of the inner Tantra was first commissioned toNyak Janakumara, then to Nubchen Sangay Yeshey and finally to Zurpoche. Among these, Nubchen sangay Yeshey received the transmission of the precious inner yoga practice from Padmasambhava the second Buddha and Vimalamitra the crown of five-hundred Pandits and other lineages, which then converged on to a single lineage, as if numerous rivers flow into a great ocean.

      For the benefit of future generations, Guru Padmasambhava concealed 108 major, treasured doctrines and 1008 minor, treasured doctrines. He further prophesied that the treasure discoverers will appear in succession and discover innumerable treasure doctrines, as a result of which all fortunate disciples will attain enlightenment within a life time.

     Among the prophesied treasure discoverers was Nubchen Sangay Yeshey, who was one of the main disciples of the nine, heart sons of Guru Rinpoche. He reincarnated thirteen times successively as a treasure discoverer, and of which the last reincarnation was in the form of Ugyen Tsa sum Lingpa, also known as Garwang Rigzin Namchak Dorji, who was renowned for discovering more than 72 profound treasured doctrines.

    Tsa sum Lingpa travelled extensively to every part of Tibet and liberated countless sentient beings in the same spirit wich Guru Padasambhava did. Hence, Nubchen is well known as the king of all Tantric masters at that time. Moreover, he is considered the most significant figure in the Buddhist world as he became the master of both the Kama and the Terma teachings. He was also able to win over the evils like Langdharma by means of wrathful Mantra, bringing back the precious ancient teachings of the Nyingma lineage to flourish once again like the smooth course of the Ganges. Therefore, owing to his gracious, benevolent acts, the precious secret mantra teachings still exist intact, bearing the power of spiritual blessings.

        Then, Terton Padgyal lingpa(1924 -1988) who was the emanation of Guru Rinpoche and Nubchen, continued as Namchak Tsasumlingpa's reincarnation and discovered the remaining treasure of Namchak Tsasum Lingpa known as Kusum Gongdue. He was born in wood- rat year 15th Rabjung cycle of Tibetan, 1924, at Golok serta of Dho Kham region among the clan of Chok tsang of Mukpo clan, in Tibet, to the father Pema Jigmed and mother Sherab tshomo with very Auspicious signs. From childhood he was very extraordinary he could perform all of the tantric rituals even while he was playing. He had the great visions of Nubchen and Countless deities in his life.

     It was prophesied by Padmasambhava: "Final birth of Great Nubchen, the master of the treasure, will appear with the name of lotus, for the glory of sentient beings." So at the time of the rapid occurrence of the five degenerations, Nubchen, according to the prophecy, compassionately emanated as the great treasure discoverer Terton Padgyal Lingpa, who was blessed by the origin of his emanation, which is Nubchen himself in body, speech and mind, making him inseparable. Moreover, he also received the pure vision from Guru Padmasambhava and many other wisdom deities, who prophesied that Padgyal Lingpa will discover the treasured doctrines from various natural locations such as underground, lakes, and the sky, benefitting countless disciples resulting in their liberation by his sublime action in the process.

    As prophesied by Padmasambhava, he discovered the final profound treasure of Namchak Tsasum Lingpa known as the Kusum Gongdue (gathering of three Kayas' intention) at the hidden land of Padma Kod in the present day Aurunachal Pradesh and Bhutan with various, great miraculous signs. These treasures were concealed for twenty four year through wisdom dakini’s secret seal. Thereafter, as the prophesied time arrived and on the appeal of the Dharma protectors, he decoded the treasured doctrine into the Tibetan text from the secret letter of wisdom Dakinis corresponding to his three years of strict retreat at the Kurtoe Neren Sengay Dzong (Padmasambhava's main holy site of action). Then he passed on the treasures to his Dharma heirs to further spread them for the welfare of the beings.

    Although he dissolved his body into Dharmakaya very shortly after the Kusum Gongdue translation in 1988, he transferred the treasured doctrines to the prophesied and fortunate heart sons with his clear wisdom mind and blessed them to hold the teachings. As a result, these profound teachings, like the gentle rays of the sun, spread all over the world without interruption even to these days, through the threefold means of adherence, promotion and dissemination. Mostly due to the noble vision and unsurpassed action of the prophesied lineage holder such as H.H. the 6th Gochen Tulku Namchak Sang Ngak Tenzin Rinpoche , his treasured doctrine has not only inspired and liberated countless disciples of Bhutan, but also many others in the western and eastern worlds like Tibet, India, Nepal, Taiwan, Hongkong, Singapore, America, Brazil, Germany etc. Many of them have formed the Namchak Kusum Gongdue association in their respective countries and implemented the treasured doctrine as their main practice of attaining the benefits of temporary bliss and ultimate liberation.

    Those who wish to know every detail of this Great saint's life, we advise you to look into the Elaborated biography of Terton Padgyal lingpa by H.E. Gochen Rinpoche.  

   It is this Lineage that Tulku Sang Ngag Rinpoche has begun to establish here in Humboldt County at Ewam Ku Sum Ling, Ca as well as all Ewam Ku Sum Ling centers world wide. Tulku Sang Ngag Rinpoche has given the job of upholding these centers to Ven. Khenpo Ugyen Wangchuk and at the same time requestiing Khenpo Ugyen as resident teacher to establish these profound teachings worldwide through the development of Ewam Ku Sum Ling Dharma Centers.  

   

     

     May this lineage flourish for the benefit of sentient beings till the end of samsara, May the lineage of great being Drodul Pedgyal Lingpa, The Wisdom emanation of Ped Jung and Nupchen, Be flourished in all directions and times, And benefit the dharma and sentient being.

By Dudjom Rinpoche Jigdral Yeshey Dorje.

His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso 

   His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama embodies the completely pure essence of the Buddha's wisdom and unlimitless compassion for all beings. His Knowledge of the teachings of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism in general, and the Dzogchen teachings in paticular, is impeccable. His Holliness received complete cycles of Dzogchen from His Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (former head of the Nyingma school)

   His Holiness has been a major proponent of the Rime movement. Rimé is a Tibetan word which means "no sides", "non-partisan" or "non-sectarian". In a religious context, the word ri-mé is usually used to refer to the "Universalist Movement" between the four schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

    His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama has composed a prayer for the movement praising various historic figures and lineages of Vajrayana from India and Tibet, part of which says:

   

In short, may all the teachings of the Buddha in the Land of Snows

Flourish long into the future— the ten great pillars of the study lineage,

And the chariots of the practice lineage,such as Shijé (‘Pacifying’) and the rest,

All of them rich with their essential instructions combining sutra and mantra.

May the lives of the masters who uphold these teachings be secure and harmonious!

May the sangha preserve these teachings through their study, meditation and activity!

May the world be filled with faithful individuals intent on following these teachings!

And long may the non-sectarian teachings of the Buddha continue to flourish!