By David P. Jackson, His Eminence Jigdral Dagchen Sakya
In 1960, the Tibetan lama Dezhung Rinpoche (1906-87) arrived in Seattle after being compelled into exile from his place of birth through the Communist chinese language. Already a respected grasp of the lessons of all Tibetan Buddhist faculties, he might ultimately turn into a instructor of a few of Western Buddhism's so much extraordinary students. This inspiring and not going biography of a latest Buddha is totally annotated, and contains images.
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He continued his studies at Gemang for about eleven or twelve years under Orgyen Tendzin Norbu (otherwise called Onpo Bstan li or Bstan dga'). 103 Orgyen Tendzin Norbu was one of the chief disciples of Dza Paltrlil 0 rgyan 'jigs med chos kyi dbang po and was also the nephew and sometime student ofByang Ozachu Gemang Khenpo Shenphen Thayey. 104 Shenga was counted by some to have been the rebirth of that Gemang Khenpo (though at Dzokchen there also lived an officially recognized trulku of Shenphen Thayey) .
141 I. ~PART 1 Life in the Old World I906-I960 ~1 'First Years at Tharlam 0 in I9IO in a high farming village of eastern Tibet, two young parents observed their four-year-old boy playing lama again. Sitting on a pile of hand-woven yak-hair bags as his "throne," the boy pretended to perform rites for his playmates on the rooftop courtyard where the children had gathered to play in the sun. The parents exchanged smiles. Noting the affinity the boy had for religion, the boy's father, an ex-monk and traditional doctor, made it a point to take his son to the local monastery now and then.
When Rinpoche was first learning to read, Uncle Ngawang Nyima would sit nearby, quietly reciting mantras. Rinpoche had to read out the spelling of each word in the traditional way (sbyor klog), first one letter at a rime and finally the pronunciation of the whole syllable. If he made no mistake, his uncle would keep quiet. But when he gave rhe wrong spelling or final pronunciation, his uncle would grunt or clear his throat, and he would have to correct himself. If he erred a second or third time, his uncle would pick up a stick that he kept by his seat and whack his young pupil over the head.