Ngondro Teaching by Shartul Rinpoche
The Present Shartul Rinpoche, Kunsang Dhamchoe Gyatso Thupten Choe Kye Gyaltsen
(Tulku Dhamchoe) was born in 1974 amidst miraculous signs on the 10th day of the
fourth Tibetan month of wooden tiger year. Rinpoche was recognized as the
reincarnation of the Second Shartul Rinpoche by the omniscient Khandro Kunsang
Rinpoche, His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, H.E. Seventh Dzogchen Rinpoche and H.E.
Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche.The night before his birth, his mother dreamt she saw a
bright lamp in the shrine shining in all thedirections, revealing a golden
vajra, carrying a bundle of blazing wood on the back radiating the whole
On the very morning of his birth, people witnessed a raven (believed to be the
messenger of Mahakala) guarding the house, miraculous transformation of water
into nectar, a cuckoo singing from top of the house and above all, a streak of
colorful rainbow overhead.Even before reaching the age of one, he sat upward and
pronounced the name and mantra of Guru Padmasambhava. Every now and then, he
would perform the Mudra teachings. When asked upon, he answered, "I am Shartul".
He is believed to have committed to memory the long text of Dhugkar in as short
time as it takes to consume a cup of tea. At the age of nine, he received vow of
refuge and Bodhichitta from H.E. Dzogchen Khenpo Khenchen Thupten Namgyal
Rinpoche, the Abbot of Dzogchen Monastery.
At the age of ten, Shartul Rinpoche received empowerment, initiation and
instructions of Ka-Gyae, Gongdue and Phurpa from Great Terton Master Namkha
Dorje Rinpoche. At the age of eleven, he received instructions on the Three
Roots of Jatson" and preliminary practice from the Great Drukpa Kagyu Lineage
Master Jamyang Rinpoche. At the age of thirteen, Shartul Rinpoche received many
teachings such as the empowerment, initiation and pith instructions on Ngondro,
Dzogchen Longchen Nyingthig (Great Perfection), and pith instructions on the
sTsa-Lung (Winds and Channels), from Great Master Phurtse Rinpoche. He not only
received these teachings but also practiced them perfectly. At the age of
fourteen, Rinpoche started the three-year three-month retreat while engaging
into the practice of "Chod" and "Nyung Ne. During the retreat he perfectly
completed "Nyung Ne" 108 times.
At the age of nineteen, Rinpoche traveled to India. In 1993, under H.E the
Seventh Dzogchen Rinpoche, Tenzin Jigdral Thunpo, his enthronement ceremony was
held in Orgyen Samten Choeling Monastery in South India.
At the age of 20 to 26, Rinpoche continued receiving numerous teachings from His
Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama, H. E. Terton Namkha Drimed Rabjam Rinpoche, Kyabjé
The 7th Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche, including "Rinchen Terzod " from Kyabjé
Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche, and many other great Nyingmapa masters.
With the encouragement from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Penor Rinpoche,
Shartul Rinpoche established the "Ngagyur Garwang Drodul Ling" in Kathmandu,
Nepal in 1999. The following year, the Taiwan Nyidrak Drodul Ling center was
established. Rinpoche has since then traveled abroad regularly to the United
States, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, China and Hong Kong to fulfill vast
teaching activities.Shartul Rinpoche's teachings filled with wisdom, depth,
clarity and Humor. His students often praise for his clear, detail instructions
and easy to understand teaching methods. He continues to engage in nurturing the
Dharma with unceasing compassion.
Concerns that the rare and precious Nyidrak" lineage will be lost, His Holiness
the Dalai Lama kindly offered Shartul Rinpoche a piece of land in Bir, India to
build a monastery to continue the" Nyidrak" Treasure Dharma. Rinpoche and
members of his congregation purchased additional land. Since 2001, Rinpoche has
been working tirelessly to raise fund to build the Nyidrak Drodul Ling
Monastery.At the same time, Rinpoche is taking the responsibility of another
project: to build a Zongdok Parli at Phodrang Monastery in Kham, Eastern Tibet,
and to improve the structural conditions of the main shrine and to rebuild the
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