Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche and the Ngakso Pūjā
2020 Commemoration February 17
Each year, practitioners at Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling monastery in Boudha, Nepal, commemorate the parinirvāṇa of Kyabje Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. Therefore they perform the Ngakso mending and purification practice for one day. Thereby the disciples and lineage holders of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche mend their samaya connections. And, through their faith and confidence, connect with the enlightened wisdom of this enlightened master.
Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
Terchen Chokgyur Lingpa [1829-1870] arranged this practice based on instructions he personally received from Guru Padmasambhava. Tulku Urgyen then revived the tradition of regularly performing the Ngakso in a large gathering.In English, its title translates to ‘Ocean of Amrita’ in English.
Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche was the great-grandson of Chokgyur Lingpa. He was also one of the chief lineage-holders of the Chokling Tersar. The 15th Karmapa recognized him as a reincarnation of the tertön Guru Chöwang Tulku (Guru Tchökyi Wangchuk, 1210-1270). Furthermore, he was an emanation of Nupchen Sangyé Yeshé, one of the twenty-five main disciples of Padmasambhava.
Tulku Urgyen was renowned among modern masters for his profound meditative realization. Yet, despite his extensive knowledge, he offered the essence of the Buddhist teaching in a concise and humorous style accessible to all. Using simple language, he pointed out the nature of mind to anyone who had a genuine interest.
Tulku Urgyen passed away peacefully on February 13th, 1996 (the 24th day of the 12th month of the Wood Pig year), at his mountain hermitage in Nagi Gompa. The sky above remained clear and completely cloudless for two days. Traditionally this clarity is seen as a sign that a highly realized Dzogchen master is passing away.
The Purpose of the Ngakso Pūjā Practice
The practice combines the mandalas of the one hundred peaceful and wrathful deities. Additionally, it is part of the Guru Rinpoche cycle of Lamé Thukdrup Barché Künsel. The particular aim of this extensive Vajrayāna ritual practice is to purify the damaged and broken vows and samayas of all three vehicles. These are then restored, followed by a renewal of the path empowerments.