Lho Rigdzin Orgyen Nuden Dorje
- b.1849 - d.1902
- Om Svasti
The fourth in this line of incarnations was Lho Jedrung Orgyen Nüden Dorje. As the owner of the seven transmissions and a most learned and accomplished master, also in the Rimey style, of both the Kagyü and Nyingma traditions, it was during his time that this monastery developed into it greatest days. In former times, this master was the monk Akashagarbha who followed Buddha Shakyamuni. In the presence of the glorious Lord of Secrets (Vajrapani), he was the vidyadhara Drakden Chökyong, the first to request the Anuttara teachings of Secret Mantra. He had also been the vidyadhara Shri Singha, lord of the Dzogchen teachings; and in the Snowy Land of Tibet he was Nyatri Tsepo, the first Dharma king. At the feet of Gyalwang Padmakara, he was Nyang-Ben Tingdzin Sangpo. Among the family line of the Drugyal Kyura Dong, he had been Namkha Wangchuk, the first son of Achi. He had also been Dungtso Repa, the revealer of the Dzogchen teachings Yangti Nagpo, as well as Jnana Benza, the son of the great tertön Sangye Lingpa. In addition to having been Orgyen Leytro Lingpa, the crest ornament of an ocean of treasure revealers, he had incarnated in a succession of these and many other sublime learned and accomplished great masters.
Finally, in that life, he took birth in the tantric family line of Shotang descending from Dharma king Ratna Lingpa, an unbroken family line of accomplished yogis and masters of mantra. Born in the year of the Earth Bird of the fourteenth cycle, he became the disciple of many learned and accomplished masters: Drigung Kyabgön Tukje Nyima, Taklung Tsetrül Gelek Rabjam, Padma Ösel Do-Ngak Lingpa, Jamgön Kongtrül Padma Garwang, Upey Khechok Drubpey Wangpo, Nangchen Ngawang Tsok-Nyi, and numerous others.
From these masters he received and studied the Sutra and Tantra systems as well as the general topics of the sciences. Specifically he received all the existent profound instructions of his personal tradition, the Drigung Kagyü. Moreover, he also received the all the profound instructions of the nonsectarian Eight Chariots of the Practice Lineage including the Kadam, Shijey, Chö-yül, and the Jordruk teachings. In particular, he put great effort into receiving the Ngagyur Kama, the Oral Tradition of the Early Translations, the peaceful and wrathful Magical Net of the Mahayoga tantras, the Khatün Nakpo and Rutsön Marpo versions of Manjushri Yamantaka, the Rog and Rong traditions of Kilaya, the Shi-tro Narak Dongtruk traditions known as Padma Gyaden, the two Immaculate Tantras of Kriya and Charya, the Düpa Do empowerment of the complete nine vehicles, belonging to Anu Yoga, and the Mind, Space, and Instructions Sections of Ati Yoga. He also put great effort into receiving the secret treasuries of the profound terma teachings of several of the major undisputed incarnated treasure revealers including the Upper and Lower termas of Lord Nyang-Ral and Guru Chöwang, the termas of Gya Zhangtrom, Ratna Lingpa, Sangye Lingpa, Pema Lingpa, Minling, Jatsön Nyingpo, as well as Chokling (Chokgyur Lingpa) and Khyentse (Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo). As indicated by these transmissions he received, he became a depository of nonsectarian instructions.
Not letting it be enough simply to have received these teachings, he personally practiced the instructions, in entirety and without error, of the aspects of development and completion, means and liberation, each in accordance with its individual scriptures and directions. Having realized the common and extraordinary qualities of the paths and bhumis, he arrived at a high level of accomplishment. This is why Drigung Kyabgön Chökyi Lodrö, Tukje Nyima, Garchen Trinley Yongkyab, Traktung Barwey Dorje, and many other great beings, who themselves were abiding on the bhumis, venerated him as the lord of the family (root guru) at the crown of their heads. He also became one of the gurus of the great Dharma king of Gomdé Nangchen. Since both Jamgön masters - Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Jamgön Kongtrül - repeatedly extolled him as an authentic being, his fame spread everywhere throughout eastern and central Tibet.
Specifically, due to the timely awakening of the aspirations and entrusted mandates of both the Second Buddha Gyalwang Padmakara and Mahapandita Vimalamitra, he became someone who obtained an immense profound treasury endowed with the seven transmissions.