His Great Activities
Khyentse Wangpo constructed many temples and libraries, and inspired thousands of people to undertake activities on behalf of Dharma. He commissioned the building of about two thousand statues, the copying of about two thousand volumes of scripture, the carving of wooden blocks for about forty volumes, the making of more than a hundred copper statues gilded with gold, and the repair of many historical temples and monasteries.

For many decades he gave teachings and transmissions to disciples of different traditions. For example, he gave the empowerments of Vajrasattva discovered by Minling Terchen about fifty times and the empowerment and instruction of Longchen Nyingthig about twenty times.

His Entering into Parinirvana
At seventy-three, at the beginning of the first month of the Water Dragon year (1892), he said that he kept seeing Amitabha Buddha in the midst of an ocean of disciples.

Then in the morning of the twenty-first of the second month, he washed his hands and said, "All my work is completed." Then, uttering lots of prayers of auspiciousness, he threw grain flowers, which is a sign of completion. Later that day, he was withdrawn into the expanse of the enlightened mind of Vimalamitra. In the surrounding land there were gentle earthquakes. Even after death, his face looked radiant like the face of the moon. His body became as light as if it were made of cotton.

His Main Disciples
His main Nyingma disciples included: Terton Chokgyur Lingpa, Adzom Drukpa, Ju Mipham Namgyal, Terton Lerab Lingpa, Jedrung Thinley Jampai Jungne (Dudjom Namkhai Dorje) of Riwoche, Third Dodrupchen Jigme Tenpe Nyima (son of Dudjom Lingpa), Third Shechen Gyaltsap, Fifth Dzogchen Thupten Chokyi Dorje, Second Kathok Situ Chokyi Gyatso, Za-Pokhung Tulku Gyurme Ngedon Wangpo, among others. Among Sakyapas, they are Sakya Dakchen, three Jetsunmas of Sakya, Kun-ga Tenzin of Ngor, Thartse Zhaptrung, Zhalu Losal Tenkyong, and Ngor Thartse Ponlop Loter Wangpo (1847-1914). Among Kagyupas, they are the fourteenth and fifteenth Karmapas, Taklung Ma Rinpoche, Situ Pema Nyinche (1774-1853), Dazang Tulku, Dokhampa, Pandita Karma Ngedon, Kongtrul Yonten Gyatso (1813-1899), and Samding Dorje Phagmo. Among Gelukpas, they are Konchok Tenpa Rabgye of Tashi Khyil, Lhatsun Tondrup Gyaltsan, Hor Khangsar Kyabgon, and Lithang Champa Phuntsok.

His Manifestations
Khyentse Wangpo manifested many incarnations simultaneously. They include Chokyi Wangpo (1894-1909) of Dzongsar, Chokyi Lodro (1893-1959) of Kathok, Karma Khyentse Ozer (1896-1945) of Palpung (Beri), Guru Tsewang (1897-?) of Dzogchen, Kunzang Drodul Dechen Dorje (1897-1946) of Dza Palme, and Dilgo Khyentse Tashi Paljor (1910-1991) of Shechen. Among them, Kathok Khyentse Chokyi Lodro (1893-1959) was the most outstanding teacher. After the death of Dzongsar Khyentse Chokyi Wangpo (1894-1909), Kathok Khyentse moved to Dzongsar Monastery, the seat of the previous Khyentse Wangpo, and since then Kathok Khyentse became known as the Dzongsar Khyentse.

( Acknowledgement : this article mainly comes from the inspiring lifestory of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo written by Tulku Thondup in his book Masters of Meditation and Miracles. Shambhala Publications, 1996.)


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