At age 7 he entered Tengchen Monastery, a local monastery, where his uncle served as chant leader. There he began an extensive education course and at age 14 he took his vows as a monk. While there from to , he spent most of his time helping to execute wall paintings, making use of his training, since age 11, as an artist and painter. In late , he went on a pilgrimage in Nepal and western Tibet, returning to Yungdrung Ling in mid to begin his studies in philosophy.
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At age 7 he entered Tengchen Monastery, a local monastery, where his uncle served as chant leader. There he began an extensive education course and at age 14 he took his vows as a monk.
While there from to , he spent most of his time helping to execute wall paintings, making use of his training, since age 11, as an artist and painter. In late , he went on a pilgrimage in Nepal and western Tibet, returning to Yungdrung Ling in mid to begin his studies in philosophy.
From until late , Yongdzin Rinpoche lived and studied with his tutor and the master Gangru Tsultrim Gyaltsan Rinpoche, who had retired after 18 years of service as lopon, the principal teacher, of Yungdrung Ling. Much of this period was spent in seclusion in a remote meditation cave at Juru Tso Lake in Namtsokha, northern Tibet, where Gangru Ponlob Rinpoche taught him grammar, poetics, monastic discipline, cosmology and the stages of the path to enlightenment according to sutra, tantra and dzogchen teachings.
At the conclusion of this time, in late , he traveled to Menri Monastery in Tsang province, in central Tibet, to complete his studies towards a geshe degree the Tibetan equivalent of a doctorate in philosophy. In , at the age of 27, he was awarded his degree, and that same year was elected to succeed his master as lopon, principal teacher, of the monastery.
He traveled to Se-zhig Monastery on the Dang-ra lake in northern Tibet and remained in retreat there until , just after the Lhasa uprising against the Chinese Communist occupiers. Amid the violence and occupation, many famous living Tibetan masters of the time were forced to flee their homeland, among them H. However, on the way south toward India he was shot by Chinese soldiers.
Thinking him dead, the Chinese left the great master lying in the dirt. One of his attending monks helped him to a nearby family, who took him into hiding. In his escape Yongdzin Rinpoche was able to hide the famous stupa of Nyame Sherab Gyaltsen together with statues, precious relics and other sacred objects in a cave at Lug-do Drag in the area of Tsochen, Tibet.
When he had recovered enough to resume his travels, he carried with him volumes of texts to ensure their preservation. These sacred objects are now safely restored in Menri Monastery, Tibet. In Nepal, he stayed for some time at Najyin Monastery, Kathmandu. In he met the renowned English Tibetologist Dr.
Menri Trizin and Geshe Samten Karmay. Thereafter he made a retreat at a Benedictine monastery on the Isle of Wight. His three years in England, —, and the collaboration with Dr. In he returned to India where he republished precious Tibetan texts. In , with financial assistance from the Catholic Relief Service, he bought a tract of land at Dolanji, near Solan in Himachal Pradesh in northwest India, and founded a Tibetan settlement, school and monastery there. With the leadership of H.
Together, Yongdzin Rinpoche and H. In mid Yongdzin Rinpoche made a second visit to Europe and served as visiting scholar at the University of Munich. From to he continued his work at Dolanji, including writing, publishing, practicing, transmitting initiations and teaching the lamas and monks. In a dialectic school was established and organized under his guidance. In the first class of monks graduated from the Dialectic School with their geshe degrees.
That year Yongdzin Rinpoche traveled to visit Tibet; and upon his return via Kathmandu, Nepal, with money and some loans, he acquired a small piece of land where he would build the future monastery of Triten Norbutse. The monastery was formally founded in on its site at the foot of Nagarjuna hill to the west of the famous hill of Swayambhu at the far end of the Kathmandu Valley.
Today over resident monks study and practice there. Since , Yongdzin Rinpoche has visited Europe on a regular basis to give teachings, and has also frequently visited the United States at the invitation of his former students.
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Lopön Tenzin Namdak
In , at age seven, Tenzin Namdak went to Tengchen and in he went to Yungdrung Monastery, where he helped execute a series of wall paintings for a new temple. In he returned to Yungdrung Monastery to commence studies in philosophy Wylie : mtshan nyid. On the instruction of his teacher he commenced his studies. Career[ edit ] Professorship and retreat[ edit ] Tenzin Namdak left Menri in due to increasing conflicts between the indigenous Tibetan people and the encroaching Han Chinese since the Battle of Chamdo in He went to Serzhig Monastery on Lake Dangra - a sacred lake for the Bonpo - in northern Tsang, where he remained in spiritual retreat until Capture and escape[ edit ] After the Tibetan uprising , many lamas , including the 14th Dalai Lama and Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, 16th Karmapa , along with numerous Tibetan refugees departed their homeland to seek refuge in India and Nepal. Riding this exodus, Tenzin Namdak tried to reach safety in India in , but was shot and captured by Chinese Communist soldiers and imprisoned for ten months.
H.E. Yongdzin Lopön Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche
You can see this in context of the original newsletter here. He has also been actively responsible for the Bonpo refugees of Tibet, organizing for them a prospering settlement at Dolanji. New Bon was influenced by Buddhism; but the original old Bon also influenced Buddhism when the Buddhist teachings first came to Tibet. With his first main master, Gonruponlob, Tenzin Namdak spent six years on a small island studying grammar, astrology, poetry and Sanskrit. The master and his young student were the only inhabitants of the island. Part of the intense process of his education involved the boy having to find his own nourishment with the result that he was hungry most of the time. When I become a master and have disciples, I shall give them food, he then decided.