Lineage Information

The Chokling Tersar

Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa (1829-1870) was the “manifestation,” of King Trisong Deutsen’s son, Murub Tsepo also known as Yeshe Rolpe Tsal or Lhase Lotsawa. Another of his former lives was the great tertön, Sangye Lingpa, who revealed the Lama Gongdu. Padmasambhava hid many treasures and sealed them with a sacred aspiration to be revealed at a certain time for the benefit of future generations by a certain tertön, an emissary of Padmasambhava himself.

One of these incarnated tertöns was Chokgyur Lingpa who appeared in this world in 1828, born in the eastern part of Tibet in Nangchen, Kham. His name, birthplace, the chief recipients of his revealed teachings and the effect of the spread of his teachings were all prophesied by Padmasambhava.

The Chokling Tersar (New Treasures of Chokgyur Lingpa) is a collection of terma teachings revealed by Chokgyur Lingpa. These extraordinarily clear and profound heart teachings along with their assocated commentaries are contained in a body of literature filling more than forty large volumes. Phakchok Rinpoche is a fifth generation descendant and lineage holder of Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa  .

The Riwoche Taklung Kagyu

The Taklung Kagyu lineage sprang from the realization of Taklung Tangpa Tashi Pal (1142-1210), a heart student of one of Gampopa’s main disciples, Pagmo Drupa. He founded the Taklung Kagyü (Tiger Command) lineage, whose main seat is Riwoche monastery in Kham. The lineage is upheld and passed on by three main masters: Kyabgön Shabdrung Rinpoche, Kyabgön Jedrung Rinpoche, and Kyabgön Phakchock Rinpoche. This lineage is renowned for studying and practicing both the teachings of Kagyu and Nyingma.

Suggested Reading

Dudjom Rinpoche, The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, trans. and ed. by Gyurme Dorje and Matthew Kapstein (Boston: Wisdom Publications, 1991), vol. 1, pages 468–474.

Ngawang Zangpo, Guru Rinpoche: His Life and Times, Ithaca: Snow Lion, 2002.

Nyoshul Khenpo, A Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems: Biographies of Masters of Awareness in the Dzogchen Lineage, trans. Richard Barron (Junction City: Padma Publishing, 2005), pages 41–48.

Padmasambhava, Legend of the Great Stupa, Berkeley: Dharma Publishing, 1973

Padmasambhava & Jamgön Kongtrul, The Light of Wisdom, trans. by Erik Pema Kunsang (Boudhanath: Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 1986-1999), pages 43-47 & Appendix 5.

Taranatha, The Life of Padmasambhava, Shang Shung Edizioni, 2005

Tulku Thondup, Masters of Meditation and Miracles, Shambhala, 1996.

Yeshe Tsogyal, Life and Liberation of Padmasambhava, translated by Kenneth Douglas and Gwendolyn Bays (Emeryville: Dharma Publishing, 1978, republished 2008).

Yeshe Tsogyal, Lotus Born: The Life Story of Padmasambhava, Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 2004.

‘The Life of Guru Padmasambhava’ in A Great Treasure of Blessings, The Tertön Sogyal Trust, 2004.