Blazing Splendor

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Blazing Splendor: The Memoirs of the Dzogchen Yogi Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche


Publication Data

Contents

  • Contents 5
  • List of Illustrations 7
  • Foreword by Sogyal Rinpoche 11
  • Introduction by Daniel Goleman 15
  • Preface 19
  • Prologue 23
  • PART I: SPIRITUAL ROOTS 25
  • Tibet, a Buddhist Land 27
  • Gampopa and the Early Barom Masters 30
  • The Treasures of the Lotus-Born 42
  • My Great-Grandfather, the Treasure Revealer 45
  • Two Sublime Masters 58
  • Khyentse 58
  • Kongtrul 65
  • Lord of Activity, the Fifteenth Karmapa 69
  • Spiritual Sons 77
  • Karmey Khenpo 77
  • Wangchok Dorje 80
  • Tsewang Norbu 84
  • My Precious Grandmother 92
  • My Guru, Samten Gyatso 98
  • My Father, the Performer of Miracles 113
  • Two Special Uncles and Their Teachers 130
  • Uncle Sang-Ngak 130
  • Tersey Tulku 132
  • Shakya Shri, the Lord of Siddhas 137
  • The Master-Scholar Katok Situ 142
  • PART II: EARLY YEARS 146
  • My Childhood 146
  • The Nunnery of Yoginis 159
  • Receiving my First Teachings 164
  • An Extraordinary Speech 166
  • My Previous Life 170
  • My Monastery and Enthronement 174
  • The Young Karmapa 183
  • Grandmother’s Death 189
  • The Colorful Chokling of Tsikey 198
  • Transmission at Surmang 207
  • The Master in the Hollow Tree 210
  • An Eccentric King 216
  • My Last Days with Samten Gyatso 220
  • My Guru’s Passing 223
  • Meetings with a Remarkable Teacher 235
  • PART III: CENTRAL TIBET 246
  • At Tsurphu with the Karmapa 246
  • Brilliant Moon 260
  • My Last Visit to Central Tibet 269
  • Amazing Masters in Lhasa 275
  • Dzongsar Khyentse 275
  • Dudjom Rinpoche 280
  • Shechen Kongtrul 284
  • PART IV: IN EXILE 292
  • Leaving Tibet 292
  • Sikkim 296
  • Nepal 305
  • The Chokling of Neten 308
  • The Hearing Lineage from Bomta Khenpo 313
  • Conclusion 319
  • Afterword 322
  • Acknowledgements 326
  • Art Credits 328
  • Appendix I: The Lineage of the New Treasures 329
  • Endnotes 332
  • Glossary 333
  • Activities and information connected to the lineage of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche 356

List of Illustrations

1 Tsewang Chokdrub Palbar—Blazing Splendor 9

  • 2. Trisong Deutsen—the great Dharma king 27
  • 3. Samye—the castle of the early Dharma 28
  • 4. Chimphu—a view from the caves above Samye 28
  • 5. Padmasambhava—the Lotus-Born master 28
  • 6. Vajradhara—the dharmakaya buddha 30
  • 7. Gampopa—the forefather of the Kagyu masters 30
  • 8. Chokgyur Lingpa—the revealer of hidden treasures 45
  • 9. The lotus crown of Chokgyur Lingpa 46
  • 10. The Lotus Crystal Cave—sacred place of the Three Sections 46
  • 11. Kala Rongo—where the Tukdrub was revealed 46
  • 12. Yeshe Tsogyal—the great dakini disciple of the Lotus-Born 55
  • 13. Longchenpa—the great Dzogchen master 61
  • 14. Vairotsana—the great translator of Buddhist scriptures 65
  • 15. Mipham—the famous scholar 66
  • 16. The Great Dakini of Tsurphu 71
  • 17. King Jah—the master of Mahayoga 80
  • 18. Tara—the female buddha of compassion 95
  • 19. Fortress Peak—the lofty hermitage 100
  • 20. Tsewang Dechen—the tulku of Samten Gyatso 112
  • 21. Tsechu monastery in Nangchen 117
  • 22. Shakya Shri—the Lord of Siddhas 137
  • 23. Druk Kharag Yongdzin Rinpoche 138
  • 24. Cool Grove charnel ground in India 140
  • 25. On the road from Lachab to Dechen Ling 149
  • 26. Dechen Ling 152
  • 27. Tsangsar County—on the road to Dechen Ling 152
  • 28. View of Fortress Peak from the road to Lachab 156
  • 29. Gebchak Gompa—the nunnery of meditators 159
  • 30. Gebchak nuns sitting in their meditation box 162
  • 31. The Derge royal family 167
  • 32. The Situ of Palpung 168
  • 33. Pages from the writings of Chowang Tulku 171
  • 34. Lachab monastery 175
  • 35. View from Lachab monastery 175
  • 36. On the road from Fortress Peak to Lachab 175
  • 37. The sixteenth Karmapa—a willful incarnation 183
  • 38. The terma site above Tsikey and the present tulku 189
  • 39. Karsey Kongtrul—the son of the fifteenth Karmapa 190
  • 40. The tulku of Karsey Kongtrul 190
  • 41. Tsikey monastery 201
  • 42. The king of Nangchen 216
  • 43. Prince Achen of Nangchen 217
  • 44. The young Karmapa 246
  • 45. Mural of Tsurphu monastery 246
  • 46. Lotus Garuda Fortress above Tsurphu monastery 247
  • 47. Shri Singha—the early master of Dzogchen 251
  • 48. The young Dalai Lama 254
  • 49. The inner retreat room at Lachab 259
  • 50. Dudjom Rinpoche—flanked by Dordrak Rigdzin and Minling Chung 259
  • 51. A tulku named Rabsel Dawa, Brilliant Moon 261
  • 52. Early photo of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche 261
  • 53. Pawo Rinpoche of Nenang monastery 269
  • 54. The Moon Cave at Drak Yerpa 273
  • 55. View from the Moon Cave 273
  • 56. The young Dudjom Rinpoche 274
  • 57. Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche 275
  • 58. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche in Lhasa 279
  • 59. Dudjom Rinpoche 280
  • 60. Chatral Rinpoche 281
  • 61. The Kongtrul of Shechen 284
  • 62. Chökyi Nyima, Chokling and their mother Kunsang Dechen 292
  • 63. Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche early photo 293
  • 64. The family in Sikkim 297
  • 65. The Vajra Throne in Bodhgaya 299
  • 66. Dzongsar Khyentse under the Bodhi Tree 299
  • 67. Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche 303
  • 68. Trinley Norbu Rinpoche with his wife and the tulku of Dzongsar Khyentse 303
  • 69. The sixteenth Karmapa 303
  • 70. Trulshik, Dudjom and Tulku Urgyen, Rinpoches 305
  • 71. Dudjom and Nyingma lamas in exile 305
  • 72. The Great Stupa in Boudhanath 305
  • 73. Swayambhu Stupa 306
  • 74. Lama Tashi Dorje of Nubri 307
  • 75. The third Chokling of Neten—Pema Gyurmey 308
  • 76. The Chokling of Neten with his oldest son Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche 308
  • 77. The fourth Chokling of Neten 308
  • 78. Chökyi Nyima and Chokling, Rinpoches 309
  • 79. View of Nagi Gompa 311
  • 80. Bomta Khenpo 313
  • 81. Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche 313
  • 82. Vimalamitra—the Dzogchen master 314
  • 83. Khenpo Ngakchung 314
  • 84. The Black Crown ceremony of the Karmapa 317
  • 85. The Boudha Stupa and Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery—old air photo by Toni Hagen 319
  • 86. The sixteenth Karmapa with the tulkus at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery 319
  • 87. The sixteenth Karma & King Birendra of Nepal at the inauguration 319
  • 88. Chatral, Dudjom and Dilgo Khyentse, Rinpoches 320
  • 89. Enacting the drama of Padmasambhava, Shantarakshita and King Trisong Deutsen—Dilgo Khyentse, Trulshik & Chökyi Nyima, Rinpoches 320
  • 90. Lamas at the Boudha Stupa, at the end of the transmission for the New Treasures 321
  • 91. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche with lamas at the Yak & Yeti 321
  • 92. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche with Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche’s family 321
  • 93. Five lamas in Boudha—Tulku Urgyen, Trulshik, Dilgo Khyentse, Dabzang and Depuk, Rinpoches 321
  • 94. Tulku Urgyen with Tsoknyi and Mingyur, Rinpoches, and their mother Sonam Chodron at Nagi Gompa 324
  • 95. Tsoknyi Rinpoche with Adeu Rinpoche of Nangchen 324
  • 96. Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche—the youngest son 324
  • 97. Tenga Rinpoche with Tenpa Yarpel 324
  • 98. Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling Monastery in Boudha 324
  • 99. The temple at Asura Cave in Parping 324
  • 100. Ngedon Osel Ling monastery 324
  • 101. Chatral and Tulku Urgyen, Rinpoches, with Kunsang Dechen and Phakchok Tulku 324
  • 102. Chokling Rinpoche with his first son—Phakchok Tulku 324
  • 103. Chokling Rinpoche with his second son—the incarnation of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche 324
  • 104. The fourth Chokling of Tsikey in Nepal 324
  • 105. The fourth Chokling of Tsikey in Kham 324
  • 106. Neten Chokling and Tsikey Chokling 324
  • 107. Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche with Tsikey Chokling, Dechen Paldron and the incarnation of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche 325
  • 108. Three sons and Phakchok Tulku at Nagi Gompa 325
  • 109. Marcia Binder Schmidt in Nangchen 2003 327
  • 110. Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and Erik Pema Kunsang at Nagi Gompa 327

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