Pema Rigdzin wrote:
Yudron wrote:Then there was a surprise enthronement of 18 Tulku Dorje, who is the rebirth of Gyatrul Rinpoche's teacher (?), studies at Mindrolling, and is an American citizen who looks to be Tibetan.
Yup, he's the rebirth of Rinpoche's root lama, Natsog Rangdrol, one of the Dudjom emanations. And yup, he's ethnically Tibetan. His very nice parents own and run a Tibetan religious and cultural crafts store in Ashland called Tibet Treasures.
They are a wonderful couple, when I met Tuprig he was dating his fiance, he gave me a couple of hours teachings when we made prayer flags together from the wood blocks. Sangye Khandro sent him "downstairs" from the residence area of the temple to do this with me on the side lawn where now stands the wing, so we sat on benches and made prayer flags for a few hours in the afternoon, all the while he taught...then some students showed as there was going to be a Ganapuja that night, they made prayer flags too, we did the wood block part and they did the hanging up the flags on the clothes line part.
Later that same day during Ganapuja we spotted each others malas at the point where we do mantra recitation. We were sitting directly across the isle from one another quite close to the throne, what happened in that moment, at the same time we threw each other our malas across the isle, so the malas went air borne.
This surprised Gyatrul Rinpoche who was up in the throne, he saw two malas flying high in the air in front of him as they crossed the middle isle (he he), we caught each others malas, and the malas were identical except for the size of the beads, mine were smaller, but these were the same beads, the same color, the same spacers (green jade bead), everything the same. At the end of the Ganapuja Tuprig went upstairs to the temple residence, but came back downstairs to the shrine room, and presented me with his mala, he said "This is for you, you have helped me"... you see, he was having a hard time, struggling in the beginning when he came to this country, financially it was hard for him here, but on that day, a lady
showed up, she had long black hair and was Asian, Gyatrul Rinpoche came outside and met her, she asked me for a statue of Kyan Yin, I said I knew just the person with this statue, and she was invited into the temple residence, and Tuprig showed her a statue he had with him, this statue was blessed by him for her, and she went away with it after making a nice offering for the statue... this all kind of happened spontaneous style...in Tibet they call that "Tendril". Tuprig felt that happened because I brought her to him and then this offering happened.
When Tuprig presented me this precious gift of his mala because I had helped him, I gave him my mala, then he said to me
"This mala I give you is the precious mala of the last Sharmapa, it was his mala, it has many blessings".
You see, there are Tulkus who are very quiet, who marry and have a family, so now one of the sons is now 18 years and was enthroned by Yang Tang Tulku Rinpoche, he is Natsog Tulku's incarnation, the former miraculous activity emanation of Dudjom Lingpa. I have a fuzzy memory that Natsog Trulku was actually three of the enlightened aspects of enlightened being in one, the speech emanation (gsung gi sprul-sku) the activities emanation (phrin las sprul-sku) and the qualities emanation (yon tan sprul-sku), but I know for certain he was the miraculous activity emanation.
Gyatrul Rinpoche told us the story of his teacher Natsog Tulku, how when Rinpoche was a young boy and the town and his parents thought he had demons, especially because his feet didn't touch the stones sticking up out of the water on the river, but he kind of flew over the stream without his feet touching the stone...some used to try to harm Rinpoche, they'd even tie him up and throw him in the river, some from his own family. They'd put him in the house and he would cry, Rinpoche told me it was his Grandmother that comforted him... so this Natsog Tulku came through the village and this Tulku said to the family and town that the boy was not provocated by the demons but that he was a special boy, a Tulku, and that he would go with Natsog Tulku and travel with him. This Gyatrul Rinpoche has told me, and so far no one has written Gyatrul Rinpoche's official biography, so maybe Sangye Khandro could do that. I know I would buy it, as these kind of stories we get from oral tradition are passed down, but sometimes they don't get told.
ON one occasion Natsog Tulku took Gyatrul Rinpoche to a place where there were small lakes and each one had a different color, anyway, Rinpoche asked to Natsog Tulku, why are the lakes green, red, and different colors? Natsog Tulku said, it is because there is a Mandala in the sky above this place.
Natsog Tulku was eventually captured by the Chinese soldiers, his long white hair was tied to a jeep and his arms and legs were also tied to different jeeps, and this precious teacher was quite literally torn apart, this is how this precious beings last life came to an end.