Brief Biography of Lodro Palden Rinpoche
——Nyala Pema Duddul’s Tulku
Lodro Palden Rinpoche was born at Bamay Town, Da’u (Daofu) County Sichuan Province in the Water Hare year of the 16th circle (AD1963). As a child, he displayed the wondrous virtuous habits acquired through numerous conducts of Bodhisattva vow in many past incarnations.
At the age from 18 to 20, he learned The Words of My Perfect Teacher and The Way of The Bodhisattva, together with other Dharma teachings from Lama Tsering, hence gained deeper and deeper understanding of Buddhist doctrine and the way of Dharma practice. Then he took a solitary retreat at a nearby cave, exerted himself in practicing the Dzogchen preliminary.
In 1983, when he was 21, he went to Sertar Larung Gar to study under the guidance of the Vajra Guru Dharma King Jikme Phuntsok Rinpoche, and was ordained to be a monk. At that time, there were only about twenty disciples gathering around the Dharma King.
In 1986, he was granted the degree of khenpo by the Dharma King Rinpoche himself after the assiduous listening, reflecting and practising during three years, and regarded as the heart son by the Dharma King.
In 1987, he followed the Dharma King Rinpoche to go on a pilgrimage to Mount Wu Tai, the sacred mountain of Manjushri.
From 1989 on, Lodro Palden Rinpoche was appointed by his guru as the khenpo of Minyak Shedra at Penor Reche which was established by the Dharma King. He had been teaching there tirelessly for nine years.
In May of 1998, the Dharma King Rinpoche came to Minyak Shedra to give Dharma instructions for seven days, then brought Khenpo Lodro Palden back to Sertar Larung Gar, and appointed him to preside over the Shedra of Deutrulkod (Dongzhi) Monastery. Deutrulkod (Dongzhi) Monastery lies on the Sacred Mount Drakkar in Nyarong (Xinlong) County. It is the Home Temple of Lerab Lingpa, who is the former incarnation of the Dharma King Jikme Phuntsok Rinpoche. The Dharma King Rinpoche had traveled to the Sacred Mount Drakkar for four times.
The Dharma King ever significantly said, ‘Khenpo Loden (Khenpo Lodro Palden Rinpoche) should stay at Deutrulkod (Dongzhi) Monastery for three years, maybe he will stay there all along, the tendrel (the dependent arising) is especially auspicious for him to go there!’ Then the Dharma King recited three times of Wangdu (The Great Cloud of Prayers and Blessings that Subdue the Entire Animate and Inanimate Worlds) to bless him.
During Khenpo Loden’s presidency over the Shedra of Deutrulkod (Dongzhi) Monastery, the old Lama Barlo of Kalzang (Garong) Monastery ,who is the nephew of Lerab Lingpa’s consort Sonam Drolma, foresaw his own life in the world was going exhausted, and the Dharma King Rinpoche’s health was not good at the meantime. Thereupon the old Lama Barlo commanded his attendants to carry him to visit the Dharma King, enquired about the long suspended decision of the incarnation of Pema Chöpel Gyatso, who is Lerab Lingpa’s son as one of the important lineage holders.
The Dharma King told him, ‘Khenpo Loden is exactly the reincarnation of Lerab Lingpa’s youngest son Pema Chöpel Gyatso. You should arrange for it, the enthronement ceremony is supposed to be inaugurated as soon as possible.’
On June 8, 2003 of Tibetan calendar, under the instruction of the Dharma King, the enthronement ceremony was performed grandly at the Sacred Mount Drakkar where the Great Siddha Nyala Pema Duddul ever practiced and realized the rainbow body.
Then Khenpo Lodro Palden Rinpoche was formally recognized as the Tulku of Chöpel Gyatso, the Great Rainbow Body Siddha. Khandro Montsok Rinpoche① presented the statue of Buddha Amitayus, sutras and tantras, apparels and Tibetan carpet etc. as the symbol of Buddha’s body, speech and mind.
In the autumn of 2006, Tulku Tenzin Gyatso Rinpoche②, the vice director of Sertar Larung Gar, wrote the long life prayer for Khenpo Lodro Palden Rinpoche, praised him as ‘Supreme spiritual friend’, especially announced him to be the great successor of Lerab Lingpa’s terma lineage, and wish him to remain secure in the world, widely spread Dharma and benefit all beings.
① Khandro Mentsok Rinpoche is the nephew of the dharma King Jikme Phuntsok Rinpoche, the reincarnation of Lerab Lingpa’s consort Pumo. She succeeded to be the director of Larung Gar after the Dharma king passed into parinirvana in 2004.
② Tulku Tenzin Gyatso Rinpoche was appointed as the vice director of Larung Gar by the Dharma King himself, one of the main teachers in the shedra.How Pema Chopel Gyatso was recognized as Nyala Pema Duddul's Tulku
Before Lerab Lingpa passed into parinirvana, his two main consorts Pumo and Sonam Drolma (the mother of Chopel Gyatso) asked where they should settled down later on. Lerab Lingpa instructed that they should stay at sacred Mount Lhangdrak always. So they moved to Deutrulkod of Mount Lhangdrak, which was built for Lerab Lingpa by the 13rd Dalai Lama, half an hour walk from Kalzang Monastery. They remained there all their lives left. When they got there, Chopel Gyatso was only about eight years old.
There was an old monk in Kalzang Monastery. He was a shepherd boy before. One day he saw Nyala Pema Duddul was meditating under a tree below Kalzang Monastery, he went over and bowed down to the master. They had a dialogue. There was no any other person present during this meeting. Not long after Nyala Pema Duddul passed into parinirvana, the shepherd boy decided to be ordained as a monk in Kalzang Monastery.
One day, the old monk met Chopel Gyatso. The eight-year-old boy called his name and asked if he still remembered their meeting before. Then the boy repeated the exact dialogue they did have. Tears dropped down from his eyes immediately, he exclaimed, “You are the Master!”
He went to the Abbot of Kalzang Monastery and told the whole story, but the Abbot was still skeptical. After all, the Abbot decided to verify the truth himself. He prepared five caskets, all were full of various doctrines, statue and other dharma objects. One of them was specially put in doctrines and other dharma items ever used by Nyala Pema Duddul. He went to the boy Chopel Gyatso, asked him which casket belonged to himself. Without any hesitation, the boy pointed out the exact one. Same as the old monk, tears dropped down from the Abbot's eyes, he exclaimed, “You are the Master!”
Pema Chopel Gyatso lived a very simple life. He never left Mount Lhangdrak before he was entrapped into jail at Barmay. Not long after that, he passed into parinirvana at Barmay, no relic was ever found.
The fact that Chopel Gyatso is Nyala Pema Duddul's Tulku is known to small confine. The late Sherab Ozer Rinpoche of Kalzang Monastery assured that there is a prediction in Lerab Lingpa's Terma about Chopel Gyatso's coming.