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 origin through the Communist chinese language. Already a respected grasp of the lessons of all Tibetan Buddhist faculties, he could ultimately turn into a instructor of a few of Western Buddhism's so much remarkable students. This inspiring and not likely biography of a contemporary Buddha is absolutely annotated, and contains pictures.
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0 His parents did not explain their decision or give the little boy any warning. One day his father simply led him to the retreat house of his uncle and briskly carried him down the ladder into an empty, open compound. Just as quickly, his father left. The boy found himself completely alone; his uncle was still in the middle of one of his daily meditation sessions. He felt so shocked and abandoned he could neither laugh nor cry. Finally his uncle came out of meditation, cheered him up, and put him to bed.
115 This was Dezhung Rinpoche's first visit to such a large monastic institution. The monastery Jyekundo Dondrup Ling was the largest Sakyapa monastery in Gapa, housing about eight hundred monks. It had been founded around the 146os by the Sakya Khon master Dagchen Gyagatwa Sherab Gyaltsen (1436 or 1439-1495) under the sponsorship of Dra'u Lama Kundun Rinchen Chokdrup. In the scriptural seminary there were only fifty or sixty monk students, but the system was still awe-inspiring to the neophytes.
During this period the young Ngawang Zangpo (Dezhung Rinpoche) went to see him. The master advised him to devote himself to language studies and to EARLY STUDIES UNDER CATON NGAWANG LEKPA 21 begin with the study of Tibetan grammar (Sum rtags) as the first nondoctrinal studies in this Ufe. As his grammar teacher, he was to take the humble Gelukpa scholar, doctor, and meditator Geshe Losang Chokyi Gawa, who had received teachings from Garon Ngawang Lekpa. 86 This geshe habitually stayed in retreat.