a famous institution from which many great scholars emerged.
At twenty-eight, he went to Golok for many months' visit to see the third Dodrupchen, Jigme Tenpe Nyima, son of the famous terton Dudjom Lingpa. He received the empowerments of Rigdzin Dupa and Ladrup Thigle Gyachen. He also received teachings on Yeshe Lama, Longchen Nyingthig, and The Outline of Guhya-garbha-mayajala-tantra. From Konme Khenpo of Dodrupchen Monastery he received the transmissions of the Damcho Dechen Lamchok cycle discovered by the first Dodrupchen as a ter. From Terton Sogyal he received Vajrakila and Trolihik transmissions.
thirty-two, at Shechen Monastery, he again received many transmissions,
including Dam-ngak Dzo and Changter from Shechen Gyaltsap Pema Namgyal,
who became one of his important teachers.
At thirty-three, he went on a pilgrimage to Central Tibet. At Mindroling Monastery he took the ordination of a monk from
Khenpo Ngawang Thupten Norbu for the second time, as his predecessor had been ordained at this monastery in the lower Vinaya lineage.
Just before his return from Central Tibet, Kathok Situ died. After that, for about fifteen years Khyentse also looked after the administration of Kathok Monastery. He built many religious monuments, restrengthened the scriptural college, and enthroned the new tulku of Kathok Situ, as recognized by the fifth Dzogchen Rinpoche.
From Kathok Khenpo Ngawang
Palzang he received transmissions of the Khandro Yangtig, Longsal, and
Dudul cycles. In total, he studied with about eighty masters from all
the different traditions of Tibetan Buddhism.
He accomplished many meditations and recitation of numerous sadhanas of both Old and New traditions of tantra, including the fivefold hundred-thousand accumulation of ngondro (for prostrations he did only forty thousand accumulations) and the recitation of the sadhanas of Takhyung Barwa, Sengdongma, Ladrup Thigle Gyachen, Vajrakila, Tara and Palchen Dupa of Longchen Nyingthig, and the Ladrup of Khandro Yangtig.
He had many visions, accomplished many attainments, and manifested many spiritual powers.
There were many incidents
of his displaying powers. Once he blessed a new image, and it became
hot to the touch. When he blessed the Mahakala image of the Dzang Mahakala
temple, the image moved as if it were alive. When he prepared ambrosia,
beams of light arched around the temple. At the time of an empowerment
of Vaishravana, gold dust rained through the air. Many times the distribution
of a small amount of blessing pills or nectar became an inexhaustible
supply for a huge assembly of devotees.
At the age of sixty-three,
travelling through Lhasa he reached India. He went on a pilgrimage to
all the sacred places of Buddhism in India and Nepal. Then he made the
Palace Chapel of the king of Sikkim his main temporary residence and
continued to give endless teachings and transmissions to devotees from
all walks of life.
His main Nyingma disciples included: Kyabje Dudjom Jigdral Yeshe Dorje, Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Kyabje Chadral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche, Kyabje Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, Kyabje Dungsay Thinley Norbu Rinpoche, Ven. Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche, Ven. Sogyal Rinpoche, among others. His main Sakya disciples included Kyabje Dezhung Rinpoche, H. H. Sakya Trizin. His main Kagyu disciples included the second Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche, and his main Gelug disciple was Kyili Kyabgon Rinpoche.
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