Khyungtrul Rinpoche

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Khyungtrul Rinpoche

Khyungtrul Rinpoche (Wyl. khyung sprul rin po che), aka Khyungpo Rinpoche (Wyl. khyung po rin po che), Jikmé Namkha Dorjé (Wyl. jigs med nam mkha' rdo rje) (1897-1955), was an important Rimé master of the first part of the 20th century.

Originally, he was from the Khyungpo clan, whose origins date back at least to the Yarlung Dynasty, as a number of royal priests to the Yarlung kings were from the Khyungpo clan. The Khyungpo clan is usually associated with the Bon tradition, but it also produced Buddhist masters such as Milarepa and Khyungpo Naljor, the founder of the Shangpa Kagyü tradition, among other luminaries. The clan is associated with Khyungpo Tengchen Monastery.[1]

On his birth, he was named Sönam Tendzin (Wyl. bsod nams bstan ‘dzin) by his parents. The whole life of Khyungtrul Rinpoche was inspired by the Rimé movement, making no distinction between Bon and Buddhism, as he constantly asserted in his poems.[2]

He first received a complete training in the Bon tradition in Menri monatery (Wyl. sman ri).

In 1924, Khyungtrul Rinpoche came to Namkha Khyung Dzong to establish a connection with Degyal Rinpoche, who gave him a Buddhist name: Jikmé Namkha Dorjé (Wyl. jigs med nam mkha' rdo rje). Khyungtrul Rinpoche received teachings and guidance from Degyal Rinpoche especially on the Tröma Nakmo (Dudjom) cycle of the Dudjom Tersar, which became an essential practice for him.

Eventually, he was to be known as Khyungtrul Jikmé Namkha Dorjé, or just Khyungtrul Rinpoche, without any sectarian connotation.[3]

He spent more than fifty years of his live traveling in Tibet, India, Bhutan and Nepal, and thus became one of the most renowned Bonpo pilgrims of his time.[4]

Notes

  1. https://treasuryoflives.org/en/institution/Khyungpo
  2. Josep Lluis Alay, The Early Years of Khyung sprul rin po che: Hor (1897-1919), Revue d’Etudes Tibétaines, no20, Avril 2011, pp. 205-2030.
  3. Josep Lluis Alay, The Early Years of Khyung sprul rin po che: Hor (1897-1919), Revue d’Etudes Tibétaines, no20, Avril 2011, pp. 205-2030.
  4. Josep Lluis Alay, The Early Years of Khyung sprul rin po che: Hor (1897-1919), Revue d’Etudes Tibétaines, no20, Avril 2011, pp. 205-2030.

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