A Life Story of Kyabje
Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo

Conditions for His Birth
He was born near Khyungchen Trak in a family of the Nyo clan from the village of Dilgo in the Terlung Valley of Dege amid wondrous signs on the fifth day of the sixth month of the Iron Dragon year of the fourteenth Rabjung (1820). His father was Rinchen Wangyal, an administrator of the Dege Palace, and his mother was S-knamtso, from a Mongol background.

From childhood he could recall his previous lives, and Ekajati and Mahakala were visible in forms and in energies around him to offer their protection.

He was recognized as the rebirth of Jigme Lingpa by the Nyingmapas and the Nesar Khyentse and Thartse Champa Namkha Chi-me by the Sakyapas. As Jigme Lingpa, he was also the manifestation of King Trisong Detsen and Vimalamitra. He was the master of thirteen lineal orders and was regarded as one of the five Terton kings among the hundred major tertons of the Nyingma tradition. He was also known as Pema Osel Do-nga Lingpa.

His Receiving Teachings
At the age of eight he started to study Tibetan, astrology, medicine, and other disciplines with his father and Lamen Chotrak Gyatso. He was very intelligent, and he perfected his recitation and writing studies without the slightest difficulty. He also understood the meanings of the profound texts merely by reading them.

One day when he was seriously sick, in a vision he was given Vajrakila empowerment by Guru Rinpoche and Yeshe Tsogyal, and the obstructions of his life were pacified. At about age eleven, he went to Kathok Monastery, and his uncle Moktton named him Jigme Khyentse Dokar, which indicated that he was the tulku of Jigme Lingpa.

At twelve, Thartse Khenpo Kun-ga Tenzin named him Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo Kun-ga Tenpe Gyaltsan.

At fifteen, in a pure vision he went to Bodhgaya and was entrusted with the treasures of the Prajna Paramita and Anuttaratantra teachings by Manjushrimitra. In front of the Bodhgaya temple, he purified the defilements of gross body by burning it and transforming it into a pure body like that of Vimalamitra.

At sixteen, in a pure vision, he went to Zangdok Palri, and from Guru Rinpoche, with hosts of dakinis he received the introduction to the three Buddha bodies and the prophecy that he would become the "receiver of seven orders" (bKa' Babs bDun). Then Guru Rinpoche and the dakinis merged into Khyentse.

At eighteen he went to the hermitage of Shechen Monastery and studied Sanskrit, poetry, and other subjects with Gyurme Thutop of Shechen. At nineteen, from Jigme Gyalwe Nyuku he received the transmissions of the ..CONTINUE...

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