A Life Story of Kyabje Dzongsar
Khyentse Chokyi Lodro


Conditions for His Birth

KYABJE Khyentse Chokyi Lodro of Dzongsar was the greatest master of many lineages of this century.

He was born in the Water Snake year of the fifteenth Rabjung (1893) at Rekhe Ajam near Kathok Monastery. His father was a tantric master called Gyurme Tsewang Gyatso, the grandson of Terton Dudul Rolpatsal of Ser Valley of Amdo, and his mother was Tsultrim Tso of Ser Valley of Amdo. His father named him Jamyang Chokyi Lodro At the age of six, Khyentse learned to read texts with his uncle with little effort.

When he was seven, Kathok Situ Chokyi Gyatso, the nephew of Khyentse Wangpo, brought him to Kathok Monastery and recognized him as the activity-manifestation of Khyentse Wangpo, as prophesied by Kongtrul Yonten Gyatso. Situ performed the hair-cutting ceremony and named him Jamyang Lodro Gyatso.

His Receiving Teachings

Situ assigned his own tutor, Khenpo Thupten Rigdzin, to Khyentse, and under his tutorship Khyentse studied prayers, grammar, astrology, Sanskrit, and many scriptures. From The Second Kathok Situ he received the transmission of Nyingthig Yabzhi, Longsal cycles, and many other scriptures, and Situ became the most important person for his spiritual path and secular life. From Adzom Drukpa in Trom Valley he received Longchen Nyingthig, Gongpa Zangthal, Lama Yangtig transmissions, and the introduction to Trekcho meditation.

When Khyentse was thirteen, his tutor passed away and so he studied Domsum, Yonten Dzo Yizhin Dzo Khenjuk, and the texts by Asanga with Kathok Situ, Khenpo Kunpal, and many others.

When he was fifteen, because of the death of the young Khyentse Tulku at Dzongsar Monastery, Chokyi Lodro moved his residence to Dzongsar, the seat of Khyentse Wangpo. With Khenpo Champa Wangchuk he studied Abhidharma, Abhisamayalamkara, and Madhyamakavatara. Soon he himself started to teach many texts to selected students at Dzongsar.

At seventeen, from Thartse Ponlop Loter Wangpo he received the Sakya transmissions of Lamdre Lopshe, the tantra of Hevajra, and other scriptures. At eighteen, from his father he received the transmissions of Rinchen Terdzo and the ter teachings of Chokling. At nineteen, from Khenpo Samten Lodro he received Drupthap Kuntu and other transmissions.

At twenty-six, he went to Dzogchen Monastery and received ordination as a monk from Khenpo Jigme Pema Losal. Also, from Shechen Gyaltsap he received transmissions of Changter, Minling ter, and many other teachings. That same year, he established a shedra called Khamche at Dzongsar Monastery. He invited Shenphen Chokyi Nangwa (aka Zhen-ga, 1871-1927) of Dzogchen Monastery as the first khenpo to teach at the new shedra. Later it -- CONTINUE --

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