lama or rinpoche. He plainly states that he is just an ordinary sentient being, who has devoted his whole life in searching for the truth, and trying to get enlightenment for the sake of all motherly sentient beings. He never pretends to be anything special or holy about himself. This, of course, reminds us of the great Tibetan Saint Milarepa who also mentioned himself as just an ordinary sentient being with great sins, and that his life story has shown us the way of how to achieve enlightenment in this very lifetime!
With his truly yogic way of life for decades, Rinpoche finally earned himself the due respects and admiration from among many great Dharma practitioners in Tibet, and thus he came to be known by others as "Chadral"(a recluse), one who has abandoned all mundane activities in this world. To this very day, Rinpoche's fame and position as a great lama and Rinpoche does not really show his true greatness, which is absolutely beyond words! To be able to read about Rinpoche's great deeds is, indeed, most refreshing and solacing to the contemporary human soul which has been burnt out by the fire of greed and hatred! With this, we introduce Kyabje Chadral Rinpoche's lineages of the Longchen Nyingthig and of the Dudjom Tersar so that more people can come to know the greatness and kindness of Rinpoche as a most precious Wish-fulfilling Gem. We also present here an article written by Rinpoche himself on the "Benefits of Building a Stupa".
A special section on the tradition of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism is introduced, with particular reference to the Dudjom Tersar Lineage, which we are specially adhered to and hope it will be beneficial to all sentient beings. An important piece of heart instruction for all practitioners alike is the "Thirty Pieces of Advice from the Heart" by the great realized Nyingma master Longchenpa. More serious readers should further consult with His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche's masterpiece on The Fundamentals and History of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism (Wisdom Publications), as well as on the few excellent volumes by Ven. Tulku Thondup Rinpoche, namely: the Hidden Teachings of Tibet (Wisdom Publications), the Masters of Meditation and Miracles (Shambhala Publications) and the Practice of Dzogchen (Snow Lion Publications) concerning the teachings of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism.
Our special thanks and acknowledgments must go to Kyabje Chadral Rinpoche in allowing us to introduce and write something about him, as well as for his kindness in bestowing the Dudjom Tersar Ngondro to our members during the Tibetan Losar. We also have to thank Lama Ngawang Zangpo, the former translator for the late Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche, for his help in translating the Tibetan texts of Guru Rinpoche's Namthar (written by Yeshe Tsogyal and revealed by Sera Khandro), Kyabje Chadral Rinpoche's Namthar, and Sera Khandro's commentary on Terchen Dudjom Lingpa's "nang-jang" into English. Furthermore, we owe our special debts to both Ven. Dorje Lopbon Jigme Thutop Namgyal Rinpoche for his help in checking the accuracy of the whole English manuscript before its final printing, and Ven. Yomed Tulku Rinpoche for his help in checking and typing the Tibetan scripts of the Dudjom Tersar Lineages of Kyabchok Chadral Rinpoche. Finally, we sincerely pray for both the Teacher and the Dharma Teachings to remain firmly in this world forever, for the benefits of all our motherly sentient beings, as limitless as the sky!
Yeshe Thaye (David
K.K. Chan, Ph.D.),
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