Conditions of his birth
The 4th Jamgon Yangsi was born on the 17th of December, 1995 in Kathmandu valley, Nepal at sunrise (7.15am) on the anniversary of the great JE TSONGKAPA (the 25th of the Tibetan month), amidst many auspicious signs and a fortunate conjunction of stars and planets. Just before the day Jamgon Yangsi Rinpoche was born, many great lamas such as Kyabje Chogyad Trichen Rinpoche, Beru Khyentse, Chokgyur Lingpa, Chokyi Nyima, Lobpon Tenga, Lobpon Tsechu, Shangpa Tulku, Sangsang Tulku and many other Rinpoches gathered in Chogyad Trichen’s monastery in Boudhanath before attending the birthday celebration of the Late King of Nepal, His Excellence Bir Bikram Shah Dev.
Suddenly, Kyabje Chogyad Trichen Rinpoche spoke of the existence of two Jamgon Rinpoches. At that time, Beru Khyentse had no idea what he meant. Later on, Kyabje Trichen said, ‘‘The Late 3rd Jamgon Kongtrul’s mother is related to me. When Late Jamgon met with a car accident and entered parinirvana, his mother was sad but on the other hand, she was mentally strong and realized the impermanent’’.
Upon hearing news of Jamgon Yangsi’s birth, some lamas including Tenga Rinpoche, Tashi Chophel Rinpoche, Namkha Dorje and others came to pay respect with offerings of gifts, khatak (signifying auspiciousness) and congratulatory wishes. Even while Yangsi was in his mother’s womb, Beru Khyentse had on many occasions dreamt of the late Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche lying on his bed.
There was another incident where one of the late Jamgon Rinpoche’s Hong Kong disciples dreamt of both Beru Khyentse and the late Jamgon Rinpoche standing together. Standing in front of them, was a young boy. With fingers pointing at this young boy, the Late Jamgon Rinpoche said, “this is my incarnation”. When this disciple first saw Beru Khyentse Rinpoche and his son in Nepal, she immediately recognized that this young boy was the same boy she saw in her dream.
When Jamgon Yangsi was one and half years old, Beru Khyentse Rinpoche performed the preliminary enthronement at the Mainpat settlement. Many lamas and followers paid homage with mandala offerings, statue, scripture and stupa representing body, speech and mind for long life, turning the wheel of dharma to the benefit of sentient beings.
In 1997, Beru Khyentse and Jamgon Yangsi had a private audience with His Holiness Dalai Lama. Upon Beru Khyentse’s request, H.H. Dalai lama kindly performed the hair-cutting ceremony for Jamgon Yangsi in Bodhgaya.
When Jamgon Yangsi attended a puja for the first time, without any guidance, he was able to graciously hold the vajra in his right hand and bell in his left hand. He was also able to sit for a few hours throughout the puja. At two years old, Jamgon Yangsi could musically play the damaru in the proper way. Upon Beru Khyentse‘s request, Kyabje Chogyad Trichen Rinpoche kindly bestowed the long-life empowerment on Jamgon Yangsi’s second birthday at Beru Khyentse’s Boudhanath monastery, Nepal.
When His Holiness 17th Karmapa Thaye Dorje first visited Bodhgaya on the 23rd December of 1996, Yangsi Rinpoche despite his young age was able to spontaneously pick up some rice and toss it into the air as a mandala offering, signifying the auspicious connection between Karmapa and Jamgon Kongtrul. After that, he walked towards the Karmapa and touched his robe. The Karmapa with joyful happiness, confirmed Jamgon Yangsi as the unmistaken reincarnation of the late Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Chokyi Senge Rinpoche. He later, issued a recognition letter duly signed and sealed.
To make the occasion more auspicious, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Thaye Dorje named Jamgon Yangsi as Karma Migyur Drakpa Senge Trinley Kunkhyab Palzangpo.
In the year 2000, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, Head of the Nyingmapa sect, again reconfirmed the 4th Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche as the incarnation of the Great Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye.
Following this, the supreme Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche enthroned the Jamgon Yangsi Rinpoche with great kindness. During the enthronement, sacred signs appeared in the form of luminosity around the lower steps of the throne. Among those present during the enthronement ceremony were H.H. the 17th Karmapa Thaye Dorje’s father, H.E. Mipham Rinpoche, Khandrola (Karmapa’s mother), Karmapa’s younger brother, H.E. Sonam Tsemo Rinpoche, Sachu Tulku Rinpoche, Vajra acharya Neydo Tulku Rinpoche, administrators and monks from Karmapa’s Rumtek monastery and many other Rinpoches, lamas, nuns and devotees from all parts of the world.
During the throne ceremony, Venerable Khenpo Chodak Tenphel, chief abbot of Karme Chogar, Rumtek gave a speech of five Great conditions and the history of Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche’s rebirth lineage. As in the life story of the 4th Jamgon Yangsi Rinpoche and his spiritual forefathers, self arising signs were not dependent upon some other contributing cause, such as recognizing students of his previous reincarnation, knowing others’ mind and the blessing of being able to bring about great benefit were demonstrated appropriately in order to increase conviction and sow the seeds of faith.
Early 2002, His Holiness Sakya Trizin of the main Sakya lineage visited the Mainpat monastery. His Holiness Sakya Trizin and Jamgon Yangsi Rinpoche exchanged khatak and made mandala offerings of statue, scripture and stupa representing body, speech and mind.
First Pilgrimage tour
In July 2002, Beru Khyentse, Jamgon Yangsi, Mayumla, a group of French voluntary doctors and Tharjay Charitable Foundation members made their maiden trip to Tharjay monastery in Nangchen Kham region, East Tibet. The local people and lamas who had great affection and devotion for Jamgon Yangsi, gave both the Rinpoches and their entourage a very warm welcome reception. In this same year, both Rinpoches visited Lhasa paying homage, offering ganachakra and butter lamps to Jovo Shakyamuni temple and other holy places such as Samye monastery, Tsurphu monastery, Yarlung holy place, Mount Kailash and Mansarover holy land.
In November 2002, H.E. Beru Khyentse Rinpoche for the first time, performed a 5 days Grand Kalachakra Initiation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Here, Jamgon Yangsi Rinpoche received his first Kalachakra Initiation. This event resembled the previous connection where both young boys - 2nd Beru Khyentse and 3rd Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, unrecognized as Rinpoches at that point of time, received their Kalachakra Initiation from H.H. the 14th Dalai lama in his summer palace, Norbu Lingka, Lhasa in 1955. The following year, His Holiness Karmapa Thaye Dorje on his first pilgrimage to Lumbini (Buddha’s birth place), performed the monlam prayers with Jamgon Yangsi, Beru Khyentse with participation from a few thousand lamas and nuns and followers from all over the world.
While both Rinpoches visited one of Kyabje Chogyad Trichen Rinpoche’s monasteries in Lumbini, Kyabje Trichen advised Beru Khyentse Rinpoche that Jamgon Kongtrul is a great lama and that Jamgon Yangsi should follow his footsteps as he now has a heavy responsibility to continue and flourish the Dharma activities.
In 2004 (monkey year according to the Tibetan calendar and the special anniversary of Guru Padmasambhava’s birth year), both Rinpoches performed a pilgrimage to Tso Pema for the offering of ganachakra and lamps. In December 2004 Jamgon Yangsi Rinpoche joined Grand Kagyu Monlam lead by H.H 17th Karmapa Thaye Dorje and many thousands of Sangha participate in prayers for world peace in Bodh-Gaya.
Since 2001, Jamgon Yangsi Rinpoche has been undertaking Dharma education, reading, writing, arts and memorizing ritual texts from his tutor, Lama Drubgyud Tenzien, senior lama of Dharjay Monastery.