Event : Mandarava Retreat by HE Namkai Norbu Rinpoche
Date : Mar31 - Apr4
Venue : To Be Announced
Website : http://atiyoga.org/
Chögyal Namkhai Norbu was born on the eighth day of the tenth month of the Earth-Tiger year (8 December 1938) in the village of Geug in Derge, East Tibet . He was recognised as the reincarnation of Adzam Drugpa, one of the great Dzogchen Masters of the early part of the twentieth Century, when he was two years old. Adzam Drugpa was a disciple both of Jamyang Khyentsei Wangpo (1820-92) the first Khyentsei Rinpoche, and Paltrul Rinpoche (1808-81). Adzam Drugpa was a terton, a discoverer of hidden treasure texts, receiving visions directly from Jigmed Lingpa (1730-98).
At the age of eight, the young Norbu Rinpoche was recognised as the mind-incarnation of Lhodrug Shabdrung Rinpoche by both the sixteenth Karmapa (1924-1981) and the eleventh Palpung Situ Rinpoche (1886-1952). The first Shabdrung, Ngawang Namgyal (1594-1651), himself the reincarnation of the great Drugpa Kagyüd master Kunkhyen Padma Karpo (1527-92), was the founder of the Drukpa Kagyüd in Bhutan . His reincarnations were the temporal and spiritual rulers of Bhutan until 1904, when the current monarchy was established. The title ’Chögyal’, meaning Dharma King, is given with this recognition.
From a very young age Chögyal Namkhai Norbu received a vigorous spiritual training from the Rimed or non-sectarian masters of East Tibet. Then, from the time he was eight years old until he was twelve, he attended the Sakya college at Derge Gönchen Monastery. During this time he also studied with Jamyang Khyentsei Chökyi Lodrö, at Dzongsar. In 1951 when he was fourteen years old, he received the initiations for Vajrayogini according to the Sakya lineages of the Ngorpa and Tsarpa. He was advised by his tutor to seek out a woman living in the Kadari region, who was regarded as the living embodiment of Vajrayogini herself, and take initiation from her. This woman master, Ayu Khandro Dorje Paldrön (1838-1953) was 113 years old at this time and had been in dark retreat for some fifty-six years. She was an elder contemporary of Adzom Drugpa, as well as a direct disciple of both the great Jamyang Khyentsei Wangpo, and of Nyagla Padma Dündul (1816-61) who attained the Rainbow Body of Light. Chögyal Namkhai Norbu received several transmissions from her including those that he initially requested, as well as the Longchen Nyingthig, and her own mind-treasures.