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"I teach one thing and one thing only,
suffering and the end of suffering.”."
- The Buddha


H.E Lhatse Tulku Rinpoche

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H.E.Lhatse Tulku Padma Rigdzin Brief Biography

In the 8th century, Buddhism was officially introduced to Tibet and spread widely in the snow-covered plateau. This led to the formation of four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism: Nyingma, Sakya, Kagyu, and Gelug. These schools propagate both exoteric and esoteric teachings, benefiting all sentient beings.  One of the four main disciples of Kunsang Sherab, the founder of the Nyingma Palyul lineage was Serta Yeshe Sengge. In 1668, he founded Lhatse Monastery in Serda, Sichuan Province, which gave rise to the Nyingma Palyul Lhatse tradition. The successive patriarchs of this tradition have all come from the noble Lhatse family (Lhatse means "son of the gods" in Tibetan). They have all achieved great realizations through the practice of Palyul teachings such as Mahamudra and the union of great seal and great handprint.

The current H.E.Lhatse Tulku Padma Rigdzin or Jamyang Tshulthrim Gyatsho was born in 1968 at the Lhatse Gyang-ra family. His father is Odsal Nyima and his mother is Dzomkyid. At eleven years old, he was recognised as the reincarnation of the ninth lineage throne holder by Terton Sera Yangtrul and thus became the tenth lineage throne holder of Tenth Lineage Throne Holder of Palyul Lhatse Monastery.   At a young age, Rinpoche went to Lhatse Monastery to study the scriptures and the five sciences of Buddhism. H.E.Lhatse Tulku Padma Rigdzin studied Bodhisattvacharyavatara, sutrayana scriptures, Dzogchen, The Stages of the Nine Vehicles, and other tantric teachings under Khen Rinpoche Lozang Tshulthrim. He also received Nyingmapa initiations, oral transmission, teachings from Donyod Gyatsho who guided him in perfecting the Four Foundations Practice, the practice of channels, winds, and drops, and the Dzogchen practice. .He also received initiations from Vajra Master La-lung and received the Vajra Acharya Hat. Thereafter he returned to Lhatse Monastery and officially became the Lineage Throne Holder of Palyul Lhatse lineage. After this, for many years, he presided over the grand puja of Vajrakilaya in Lhatse Monastery.

In 1996, Rinpoche was recognised as 10th Lineage Throne Holder of Palyul Lhatse Monastery by H.H.Penor Rinpoche. In 1998, while diligently navigating the profound depths of the Nyingma tradition, Rinpoche also broadened his scholarly pursuits by receiving initiations and teachings from diverse lineages, including those under the guidance of Kyabje Jiangyang Khensur Rinpoche and Kyabje Gungtang Tulku Rinpoche.and Kyabje Gungtang Tulku Rinpoche.  Further demonstrating his intellectual prowess, Rinpoche participated in a rigorous Prajnaparamita debate examination hosted by the prestigious South Indian Drepung Gomang Monastery of the Gelugpa Order. Among over one thousand monastic exam candidates, he ranked first, and was awarded the Geshe degree of Drepung Rabjampa (Buddhist Philosophy Doctorate).

In order to uphold the Buddha's great aspiration of compassion and benefiting all sentient beings, the Rinpoche tirelessly propagates the teachings of the Nyingma Palyul Lhatse tradition. This tradition encompasses not only the core practices of the Palyul lineage, particularly the Dzogchen and Mahamudra teachings, but also embraces the broader wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism's new and old schools, as well as the pure Dharma essence found in both Theravada and Mahayana Buddhist traditions. Driven by a compassionate heart for countless beings, the Rinpoche frequently travels to Europe, the Americas, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, and Australia to share the Dharma's profound wisdom and transformative practices. And in 1999, he estbalished the Tibetan Buddhist Studies Society in Singapore, to propagate the teaching of Buddhism, benefiting boundless sentient beings."

Since its establishment, the Tibetan Buddhist Studies Society in Singapore has been a hub for the dissemination of Buddhist teachings. On the one hand, the Rinpoche has given teachings on a variety of sutras and tantras, including the "Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva," the "Western Pure Land Prayer," the "Three Essentials of the Thunderbolt," and the "Six Bardo Teachings of Karma Lingpa." On the other hand, he has bestowed empowerments to a wide range of practitioners, including the "Vajrasattva Empowerment," the "Green Tara Empowerment," the "Vajrapani Empowerment," and the "Padmasambhava Empowerment." He also provides guidance on the appropriate practice for each individual's level of realization. In addition, he has invited other great masters, such as H.H. Tulku Thubten Palzang Rinpoche and H.H.Penor Rinpoche, to Singapore to teach a variety of profound teachings. In addition to regular shared practice sessions, the Rinpoche also regularly holds a variety of ceremonies, such as "Prayers for Averting Disasters and Blessings," "Liberation and Liberation Rites," and "Offering and Charity Rites." Through these meritorious deeds, he prays that the Buddha's teachings will continue to flourish, that the holders of the teachings may live long, and that all sentient beings will achieve liberation.

To establish a long-term field of merit and happiness for sentient beings in the degenerate age, fulfil the aspirations of past lineage masters, and to continue the pure lineage of the the Nyingma Palyul Lhatse tradition, the Rinpoche began to rebuild his ancestral temple and added new facilities including a sutra hall, retreat center, Buddhist institute and junior lama academy, making it a renowned Nyingma Palyul temple in Tibet.

The Rinpoche, a beacon of compassion in his hometown, dedicates his life to alleviating suffering and fostering spiritual growth. His heart overflows with empathy for the poor and elderly. He regularly visits them, offering not just material aid like clothes and money, but also warmth and comfort through his gentle words and genuine concern. He has overseen the construction of numerous Buddha statues, pagodas, and prayer wheels, providing tangible expressions of faith and beautiful focal points for meditation and worship. These sacred structures add serenity and spiritual richness to the landscape. Recognizing the power of education, the Rinpoche actively supports educational initiatives in his hometown. His contributions ensure that future generations have access to knowledge and opportunity, paving the way for a brighter future.

 

The Rinpoche is a kind and compassionate person who always puts others before himself. He is humble and modest, and he never talks about his own accomplishments. He is dedicated to helping others, and he uses his wisdom and compassion to guide and help people to understand their own minds and emotions. He also teaches them about the Buddhist path and helps them to develop their spiritual practice.

The current Lhatse Tulku Rinpoche, the 10th lineage holder of Lhatse Monastery, embodies the following three essential qualities:

  1. Pure Palyul lineage
  2. Reincarnated Rinpoche lineage
  3. Lhatse family lineage of the gods

These three qualities combine to make it a very precious and rare dharma lineage.  With these embodiment, Rinpoche's dedication to his Dharma lineage is evident in his studies of Tripitaka, tantras, and other Buddhist teaching.  As well as building of a new sutra hall, Buddhist institute, retreat center, and junior lama academy and propagating dharma teachings to disciples from all over the world.

Currently, the Lhatse Monastery's Buddhist teachings are upheld by two prestigious academies. The first, the "Teachings" academy, delves into the profound knowledge of the Tripitaka scriptures and both inner and outer tantras, guiding students through understanding, contemplation, and practical application. The second, the "Realization" academy, offers an intensive three-year program focusing on cultivating the three vehicles of Buddhist practice: Hinayana, Mahayana, and Vajrayana. This includes mastering the fundamental four sādhanas, exploring the generation and completion stages of tantra, and venturing into the profound paths of the Great Perfection and Cutting Through.  The Monastery also nurtures future generations through its junior lama academy, where young minds are introduced to essential scriptures, receive novice vows, and embark on the transformative journey of the four sādhanas. Upon completion, they can further their pursuit of knowledge in the "Teachings" academy. All these endeavours are guided by the esteemed Lhatse Tülku Rinpoche.

Within the prophecies of the First HH. Dodrupchen Rinpoche , mentioned of Lhatse Monastery's states that  "To proclaim the name and then become a holy one, the land of the dancing dakinis, a temple of supreme excellence will be built, and those connected to it will be reborn in Udyana".  The first two lines of the prophecy refer to the name of the Lhatse Monastery's abbot, Lhatse Tulku. The second line refers to the location of the newly built main temple of the monastery, which is located on the same land where the monastery used to hold vajra dances. The last two lines of the prophecy state that by building a temple on this land, disciples with a special affinity will be able to be reborn in the pure land of Udyana, the lotus-light realm of Guru Rinpoche.  Thus, the prophecy finds its final confirmation in the convergence of person, place, intent, and outcome.

Inspired by the pleas of his countless devoted followers, Rinpoche has generously bestowed a multitude of empowerments in recent years. Among these radiant offerings are the Vajrayana empowerments of Avalokitesvara, Guru Rinpoche's Vajra Speech, the Dharma Protector Yamantaka, White Tara, the Black Face of Manjushri, Guru Rinpoche's Guru Yoga, the Eight Great Herukas, and the Black Dakini of Wrathful Vajra. His dedication further extends to translating the corresponding rituals, a profound act that bridges the gap between longing and practice for countless seekers both within and beyond Tibet. Rinpoche's mastery of Sanskrit, Tibetan, English, and Chinese grants him unparalleled understanding of both exoteric and esoteric teachings. This fluency effortlessly translates into his translation work, where Vajra verses, like celestial beacons, pierce through the darkness of confusion, illuminating the path to liberation for countless yearning hearts. Their impact resonates far and wide, offering direction and solace to disciples on their Dharma journeys.

Throughout his teachings, Rinpoche remains an embodiment of selfless compassion. His heart knows no borders, embracing Tibetans, Chinese, and foreigners alike. "I am a messenger of the Dharma," he often declares, "driven by the sacred vow to bring Guru Rinpoche's teachings to every corner of the world."

Driven by this boundless grace and unwavering aspiration, Rinpoche employs a tapestry of skilful means to guide all who resonate with his message towards the blissful haven of liberation. His wisdom transcends all barriers, igniting sparks of inspiration wherever he steps foot. Whether delving into the profound depths of the Dharma, offering worldly wisdom, or even sharing playful anecdotes, he leaves his audience enriched and empowered. Countless beings have found their way to the Dharma through his unwavering guidance, allowing the nectar of his teachings to the Jambudvipa region.

Bound by profound gratitude and overflowing with pride, we, the disciples of His Holiness, cherish the fortune of being his students. To honour this blessed connection, let us all recite the prayer written by H.H Thongten Palzang Rinpoche for our respected Rinpoche, may he grace this world with his radiant presence for countless eons, his noble vows and aspirations flourishing to fruition.

This humble offering, crafted in December 2023 by disciple Dondrup Dorje, arises from the depths of my being, a spontaneous outpouring of appreciation for the ocean of kindness bestowed upon me by Rinpoche. With sincerity, I implore your forgiveness for any imperfections found in this expression of reverence.