Ngakpa Karma Lhundup Rinpoche was born in 1959 in Lowo Gekar located in upper
Mustang Kingdom at the sacred place of Mahaguru Padmasambhava on the auspicious
Dakini's day, 25th day of 10th Tibetan lunar calendar.Soon after his birth,
Karma's mother opened a sealed earthen jar of traditional 'Birth Beer' and a
blazing fire came out of the jar. This was understood to mean that the child
could be a reincarnation of a powerful yogi.
His parents and several nuns raised him with much love and affection. His mother
taught him to take refuge in the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha (the Three Jewels),
to generate good 'heart prayers,' and to recite the most sacred mantra for
generating compassion: 'Om mani peme hung.'
His father's name is Ngakpa Kalsang Tsering and his late mother's name was Karma
Tsewang, Karma has one younger sister and a younger brother.
Over the next seven years, out of respect for his family's lineage, Karma
studied Tantric practices at the Zilnon Kagyeling Monastery, which was
established by the late Ngakchang Yeshe Dorje Rinpoche, a well known personal
weather controller of H.H. Dalai Lama.
In Tibet, it is the responsibility of the eldest son to carry on his father's
trade; Karma's father is a traditional Tantric Lama, whose job is to heal and
perform rites and ceremonies for both the living and dying as well as after
death.During this time, Karma took part and successfully completed the 'Three
year, three months, three days' Kagye (the Nine Heruka practices) retreat in the
lineage of H.H. the great 5th Dalai Lama. During this time, Karma also studied
the practice of 'Troma Nagmo' also known as the 'Black Wrathful Vajra Yogini' up
to the level of 110-day 'Tsok' offering practices in the lineage of Kyabje
Dudjom Rinpoche. The chief retreat instructors were: Lama Lungtok Gyalton,
Ngakchang Yeshe Dorje Rinpoche and Kyabje Gaje Khamtul Jamyang Dondup Rinpoche.
While at the monastery, Karma also learned Dzogchen meditation, Chod practice,
chanting, how to make butter sculptures, how to play different Buddhist
religious musical instruments as well as many other ceremonial and ritual
On August 11 2000 Karma was officially recognised as the reincarnation of a 19th
century Tibetan Mahasiddha Yogi called Wariktsel Thokme by Kyabje Hungar Dorje
Rinpoche and his father Terton Kusum Lingpa Rinpoche. This recognition was based
on dreams, visions, spontaneous feelings and other ancient traditional tests.
Kyabje Hungar Dorje Rinpoche is recognised as the reincarnation of one of
Tibet's greatest and wildest Mahasiddha Yogis called Do Khyentse Yeshe Dorje,
who himself was the body emanation of the 'all knowing Jikme Lingpa' Terton
Kusum Lingpa Rinpoche is a living treasure-revealer, who discovers the precious
hidden teachings of Mahaguru Padmasambhava and consort Lady Yeshe Tsogyal of the
8th century. Mahasiddha Wariktsel Thokme was one of the heart-sons or principle
students of Do Khyentse Yeshe Dorje. His monastery is known as Maha Kilung Gonpa
in Golok region in Eastern Tibet.
On October 11, 2002 after receiving 13 day empowerments on the 'all knowing'
Jikme Lingpa's four part, inner-most spirituality (Nyingthik Yabshi), Karma was
formally enthroned as the unmistaken reincarnation of Mahasiddha Wariktsel
Thokme by and Kyabje Khenpo Chockok Rinpoche at the sacred place of Tso Pema
(lotus lake) in Northern India. Kyabje Khenpo Chockok Rinpoche is the chief
abbot of the respected Dza Patrul Rinpoche's monastery in Dzachukha, Kham in
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