9th Tai Situpa

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Brief Biography

Palpung Tai Situ Pema Nyingje Wangpo Rinpoche (1774-1853)

Palpung Situ Padma Nyinje Wangpo

The ninth Tai Situ Pema Nyinche Wangpo, was born in Yilung, near Derge in Kham, Eastern Tibet in the year of the wood-horse. He was recognized by the Karmapa and Pawo Rinpoche, who had received a prediction from Guru Rinpoche in a vision. At the age of five years he was formally enthroned and received all of the teachings of the lineage from 13th Karmapa Dudul Dorje, Shamar Rinpoche Chodrup Tenzin, and Dzingar Dorje Trakpa amongst other accomplished masters.

He renovated Palpung monastery and made countless precious offerings to many monasteries of all traditions.

He became the root lama to the first Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo Rinpoche, and Chokling Dechen Lingpa, amongst others. He started the Rime (non-sectarian) movement in Tibet, that was firmly established by his disciples.

His life of freedom demonstrated genuine great accomplishment, and he exerted a great spiritual influence on the precious doctrine of the practice lineage. He spent most of his life in deep meditation and was a renowned scholar and teacher and performed many miracles such as leaving footprints in rock.

At the age of 61 years he entered the retreat centre at Palpung, Drubgyu Samten Ling, and practised the teachings for eighteen years. At the age of 79 he passed away. At that time the sky was filled with rainbows and there were many other highly auspicious signs.

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