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4th Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche

The condensed life-story of the 4th Jamgon Kongtrul, Karma Mingyur Dragpa Senge Thinle Kunkhyab Pal Sangpo

The 4th Jamgon Kongtrul (Karma Migyur Drakpa Senge), son of Beru Khyentse Rinpoche.He was born as the great Beru Khyentse Choekyi Wangpo Rinpoche’s son in 1995 in the early morning of Tsongkhapa’s Anniversary (25th day of the 10th month in the Tibetan Calendar), when the stars formed an auspicious constellation. The day before he was born, the 18th Sakya Trichen said in front of many Lamas and Tulkus: “Like prophesied, ‘from the residential quarters of the Great Manjushri’s Temple’ today Jamgon Rinpoche arrived.” That day was as well the birthday of the Nepalese king, therefore he performed a long life ceremony.

In 1996, when the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa, Thaye Dorje, arrived in Bodhgaya he met the young Tulku for the first time. Straight away he exclaimed: “This is the Jamgon Yangsi (Reincarnation) indeed!” He then issued a recognition letter and gave him a name. Kunzig Sharmapa agreed as well and acknowledged him as the Jamgon reincarnation. From His Holiness he received a long-life prayer.

In 1998, when the Dalai Lama was visiting Bodhgaya, the Tulku together with Beru Khyentse had a private audience with him, where His Holiness performed the hair-cutting ceremony and they showed him the recognition letter.

In 2000, the lord of the Early Translation teachings, Drubwang Pema Norbu (Penor Rinpoche), was invited to the Karma Monastery in Bodhgaya, and he performed the vast and profound enthronement ceremony of Jamgon Kongtrul. Many non-sectarian Lamas, Tulkus and Monks of the monastery attended. Tibetan Government in Exile, the Dalai Lama’s private office gave permission for the enthronement, and the supreme Drubwang granted his supportive consent.

From when he was five years old, he started to read books and memorizing the rituals and practices of his own tradition. From the age of 14, he stayed in Sakya College where he studied the great texts. First he studied the Bodhicaryavatara, then the scriptural tradition of the Madhyamika and the Pramanavartika* mainly relating to reasoning of valid cognition, and he achieved great results in the exams.

*Commentary on the Compendium of Valid Cognition (works on logic/ valid cognition by Dharmakirti)

His training in empowerments and transmissions

He received the Gyalwa Gyatso form of Chenrezig from the 17th Karmapa and along with that many different necessary Vajrayana empowerments from mainly his own lineage and other Guru Practices. From Sakya Gongma Rinpoche, he received the great empowerment of the glorious Hevajra. From his father Beru Khyentse, he received the great Kalachakra empowerment of Atisha’s tradition and the great Kalachakra empowerment as in the ‘Treasury of Oral Instructions’ (One of the 5 Treatises by the first Jamgon Kongtrul) many times.

Furthermore he received the great empowerment of Vajra Yogini of his own Tantra tradition and the empowerment, reading transmission and oral instructions of the Protector (Mahakala); a cycle of explanations on Mahamudra; all the empowerments and reading transmissions of ‘knowing one all is liberated’ (collection of empowerments by Karmapa Wangchuk Dorje); the line of reading transmissions of the Mahamudra preliminaries and the ‘Words of my perfect teacher’ (Widespread commentary on the preliminaries by Patrul Rinpoche).

It is planned to further offer him empowerments, reading transmissions, oral instructions, pith instructions etc. in the manner of a vase filled to the brim.

This was written virtuously by the attendant Thubten Tsering on Wednesday 29.10.2014. May virtue increase!