Biography of: The Venerable Lopön Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche

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Biography of: The Venerable Lopön Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche.
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This biography is based on information from Wikepedia, The Ligmincha Institute, and Yungdrung Bon.


Lopön Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak (Tib. slob dpon bstan 'dzin rnam dag) (1926 - ) is the senior-most teacher of the Bön tradition and is considered the world's foremost expert on Bön.

Yongdzin Rinpoche was born in Khyungpo Karu (khyung po dkar ru) in the Khyunpo district of Kham province of Eastern Tibet to a family of famous artists.

In 1933, at the age of seven he entered Tingchen Monastery (steng chen) in the same district.

In 1938 Lopön Rinpoche went to Yungdrung Ling (gyung drung gling), then one of Central Tibet's two principal Bönpo monasteries. At Yungdrunk Ling, Lopön Rinpoche helped execute a series of wall paintings in a new temple.

In 1944 Lopön Rinpoche went on pilgrimage to Nepal including Solu-Khombu, Pokhara, Mustang and Kathmandu.

In 1945 at the age of nineteen Lopön Rinpoche returned to Yungdrung Ling to commence studies in philosophy (tsennyi; mtshan nyid).

During 1945 - 1950 Lopön Rinpoche lived principally as a hermit cloistered with his tutor and master Gangru Rinpoche (sgang ru tshul khrims rgyal mtshan) with whom he studied poetics (nyanga; snyan ngag), cosmology (dzopu; mdzod phug), grammar (da; sgra), monastic discipline (dulwa; 'dul ba) and the principal stages on the path to enlightenment (salam; sa lam).

Lopön Rinpoche, went to Menri Monastery (sman ri, literally "the medicine mountain") in Tsang Province in Central Tibet in 1950 where on the advice of his teacher Gangru Rinpoche he commenced his studies toward the degree of Geshe (dge bshes) (the Tibetan equivalent to a Doctor of Philosophy) and achieved it in 1953 .

Lopön Rinpoche became the teaching master (slob dpon) at Menri Monastery from 1953 - 1957. Lopön Rinpoche left Menri and this position in 1957 due to increasing conflicts between the indigenous Tibetans and the encroaching Chinese Communists.

In 1957 Lopön Rinpoche departed Menri and Central Tibet for Sezhig Monastery on the Dangra Lake in northern Tsang where he remained in retreat until 1960 .
Post Lhasa uprising (March 10, 1959), many greatly esteemed lamas of Tibet, including the present Dalai Lama and the Gyalwa Karmapa along with numerous Tibetan refugees departed their homeland to seek refuge in India and Nepal.

Following this exodus, Lopön Rinpoche endeavoured to reach safety in India in 1960, but was shot, wounded, and seized by Chinese soldiers and imprisoned for ten months by the Communist Chinese. Lopön Rinpoche made good his escape via the small principality of Mustang to the safety of Nepal.

While in Kathmandu in 1961, Lopön Rinpoche and the English Tibetologist David Snellgrove became colleagues. David Snellgrove invited Lopön Rinpoche to London where, through a Rockefeller Foundation grant, he became a visiting scholar at the University of London. Lopön Rinpoche resided for a period at the University of Cambridge.

The collaboration with David Snellgrove resulted in the publication of The Nine Ways of Bön which includes extracts translated from the esteemed Zhiji (gzi brjid): an extensive hagiography of the Buddha Tonpa Shenrab. This collaborative work was the first scholarly study of the Bönpo tradition to be conducted in the West. Lopön Rinpoche continued in England for three years (1961 - 1964).

Lopön Rinpoche made a second visit to Europe in 1969 at the invitation of professor Helmut Hoffmann where he was a visiting scholar at Munich University where he significantly contributed to compiling of the Tibetan-German-English Dictionary.

A social worker known as Doctor Khepa who was working in Nepal (Dorthang) Bön community as a social worker, had come to India and was looking forward to help any Bönpo community in India. Somehow he got to know about the small Bönpo community in India and decided to continue his support for the Bön community in India as well. At the time when he reached there, the head of the Menri monastery the then Menri Trizin his holiness had just expired and the next successor of the Menri trizin had not been appointed as yet. So at that time an acting head had to be appointed, and for that the organisation Bod Kyi Bönpo Tsokpa was started and Lopön Tenzin Namdak was appointed as the director by the members of that group and Dr Khepa.

After that Dr Khepa had arranged some fund from the Catholic relief service for the Bönpos to purchase a place where they can start a small Bön community. The fund was transferred and the land had to be purchased. After searching many places Dolanji was selected. But the Bönpo community was not able to purchase the land due to certain legal barriers. Finally Gungthang Tsultrim helped the Bönpo community to get the land registered for the organisation Bod Kyi Bonpo Tsokpa, of which the director then was Löpon Tenzin Namdak, by including the Dolanji in the organisation called Tsokpa Chuksum, in which there were other settlements registered such as the Bir settlement in Himachal and Clement Town in Dehradhun etc.Dolanji, near Solan in Himachal Pradesh. In 1967 the settlement was formally established and registered with the Indian Government under the name of the Tibetan Bönpo Foundation. About seventy families transferred there from Manali and each received a house and a small piece of land, the size depending on the number of people in the family in question.


The Tibetan Bönpo Foundation possessed its own constitution and administration, with the Abbot of Menri acting as president. The new settlement at Dolanji was named Thobgyal Sarpa (thob rgyal gsar pa) after the village Thobgyal in Tsang Provence which was located near Menri Monastery. Most of the Tibetans in the new settlement came from the Mount Kailash region and Upper Tsang in the west, and from Hor, Kongpo, Derge, Amdo and Gyarung in the east of Tibet.

After the death of the abbot of Menri in 1963, Sherab Lodro, the abbot of Yungdrung Ling became the spiritual head of the Bönpo community in exile. Sherab Lodro came to Dolanji with a band of monks who founded a new monastic community. An intimate prayer chapel and a few small houses were built. In 1969 the successor to the abbot of Menri was established by lot and the office fell to Lungtog Tenpai Nyima Rinpoche (lung rtogs bstan pa'i nyi ma rin po che), who was installed as the thirty-third abbot of Menri.

Following the death of Yungdrung Ling abbot, Sangye Tenzin assumed the spiritual leadership of the Bönpos in exile. More houses were established, along with a library and abbot's residence (labrang; bla brang). Monastic life was structured around the ordinances of the Vinaya (dulwa; 'dul ba). The foundation for the principal temple was inaugurated in 1969 and completed in 1978 and named Pal Shentan Menri Ling (dpal gshen bstan sman ri'i gling). The whole complex was styled the Bönpo Monastic Centre and formed part of the Tibetan Bönpo Foundation.

From 1970 - 1979 Lopön Rinpoche continued writing and teaching whilst in residence at the Bönpo Monastic Centre. Concurrently, Lopön Rinpoche was engaged in New Delhi with the publishing of a large number of significant Bönpo texts.

From 1967, when the first monks came to Dolanji, teaching had been done by Lopön Sangye Tenzin (former head teaching master at Menri) and assisted by Lopön Tenzin Namdak, who became his successor.
When Sangye Tenzin died in 1968, Lopön Tenzin Namdak was assigned the full responsibility for the education of the younger generation of monks.

By 1978 a sufficient number of Bönpo texts had been published so that classes could be organized around them in a curriculum. Thus a lama's college (shedrup; bshad sgrub) was established in 1978, organized under the guidance of Lopön Rinpoche who served as one of the two professors at the college. The official name of the college is Yungdrung Bön Shedrup Lobnyer Dude (gyung drung bon bshad sgrub slob gnyer 'dud sde).

The purpose of the new lama's college at Dolanji was to preseve the tradition of philosophy established and developed at Yeru Wensaka (gyas ru dben sa kha), where philosophical analysis and logic were applied to the understanding of Do Nga Semsum (mdo sngags sems gsum), that is, to the teachings of the Sutras, the Tantras and Dzogchen. Unlike the Nyingmapa tradition, the Bönpos developed a system of logic and debate specifically relating to the Dzogchen teaching.,

At Menri in Tibet, the monks studied the five scripture systems (Dozhung Nga; mdo gzhung lnga) in the philosophy college, but all instruction in Tantra and Dzogchen was done in private. The five scriptures, actually five collection of texts, are:
* 1 Tsema (tshad ma) - Pramana or logic;
* 2 Parchin (phar phyin) - Prajnaparamita or the Perfection of Wisdom Sutras;
* 3 Uma (dbu ma) - Madhyamaka philosophy;
* 4 Dzopu (mdzod phug) - Abhidharma or cosmology;
* 5 Dulwa ('dul ba) - Vinaya or monastic discipline.

However, at the revived Menri at Dolanji, students also study Tantra and Dzogchen in the college, as well as the above five scriptural systems which pertain to Sutra. Also included curriculum are the secular sciences (rignai; rig gnas), such as grammar, poetics, astrology, and so on. The college has a nine-year term of studies which prepare the student for degree of Geshe. The first group of young monks graduated in 1986 .
Another Bönpo monastery and college has been established under the direction of Lopön Tenzin Namdak in Nepal. Known as Triten Norbutse (khri brtan nor bu rtse), it is located near the auspicious Swayambhu, west of Kathmandu.

1978 Visited H.H. Dalai Lama to inform him of the purpose of establishing the Bönpo settlement at Dolanji and its Dialectics school with nine-year programme, and to request the official recognition by the Tibetan Government of Menri Trizin Rinpoche, Abbot of Menri Yungdrung monastery, as Head of the Bön religion. In that year he also conducted the funerary and post-mortem rites following the death of his master Lopön Sangye Tenzin.

1978-86 Engaged in educating the young monks at Dolanji as well as writing several texts, including some of those used in the Dialectics school.

1986 Awarded the geshe degree to the first six monks to complete the nine-year training at Dolanji. Travelled to Tibet, visiting Menri and other important monasteries, inspiring the monks still living there who had suffered under the Chinese domination and rewarding those who had strived to restore the monasteries; visited kLuPhug monastery in Hor where he met Ragshi rTogsldan Rinpoche with whom he exchanged important empowerments and where he also ordained about 70 monks; and sPa-tshang monastery, where he met Khabo rTogsldan Rinpoche from whom he received the lung (transmission) of Minub Mtshanmdo.

In Khyungpo he went to dKarlegs monastery where he conferred the Matri initiation on the local people; Rirtse Drug monastery where he inaugurated the Dialectics school (on this auspicious occasion he taught for 16 days on Bönand Vinaya), and ordained about 100 monks; gYungdrung dPalri monastery for a few days, where on request he performed the Byang-bu (a kind of phío-ba) for the people who had died and also ordained about 40 monks; then went to Kodgon monastery and taught Theg-rim for about 20 days, where he also gave the Long-life initiation and ordained about 60 monks.

Then he went to Ri-khrod monastery for 16 days, where he gave the lung of the Zhang Zhung Nyan Gyud and taught on Bön and Vinaya, conferred vows to about 80 ordained monks and gave the rNam-dag Padma kLong Yangs initiation to local people. He enthroned Shesrab dGelegs as Abbot of sTengchen monastery, and also offered donations of money and other things for the restoration of the monastery, at the time in a state of disrepair. Subsequently he was reunited with his mother for the first time after 45 years. After returning to Lhasa he flew to Chengdu (in China) where he visited temples, Byamspa Chugzigs and the holy mountain of gLangchen Gyingri, proceeding to Amdo Shar-khog where he visited all the monasteries, giving initiations and teachings, and also went to gSertsho (Golden Lake). At Amdo rNga-ba he made offerings and prayers before the gDung-bum (mChod-rten) of his deceased disciple sTanpa Rabrgyas (clan lineage holder and head of sNangzhig, the biggest Bön monastery in Tibet, with at the time over 500 resident monks) offering tea and money to all the monks, encouraging the Lama and older monks and advising them on how to administer the monastery. Then from Lhasa he returned to Kathmandu, where he donated all the money he had received in Tibet for the acquisition of the land and for the construction of Triten Norbutse. Today almost 200 resident monks study and practice there. Yongdzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche maintained a regular teaching schedule there, while making numerous excursions to teach in the West.

1988 Despite contracting jaundice he continued his regular teaching programme. Moved into the first buildings at Triten Norbutse.

1989 Travelled to USA, where the Healing Light Center in Los Angeles generously paid his hospital costs for an operation to extract six gall-stones after which he was completely cured. He also visited England and Italy on the invitation of the Dzogchen Community of Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, where he taught Dzogchen.

In 1989, Lopön Tenzin Namdak made his third visit to the West, this time to England, America and Italy, at the invitation of the International Dzogchen Community of Chögyal Namkai Norbu Rinpoche in those countries. During the course of six months Lopön Rinpoche presented to interested Western students the Dzogchen teaching according to the Bönpo traditions of the Atri (a khrid) and the Zhang Zhung Nyengyu (shang zhung snyan rgyud).

Also, in the beginning of 1991, he visited Germany, England, Holland and Italy. During his visit to these countries, he gave discourses and teaching on various meditation systems and fields of study of the Bön tradition. Later that year he was invited by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to represent the Bön tradition at the Kalachakra Initiation in New York. In this way, Lopön Rinpoche has been spreading the Bönpo teachings in many countries. His permanent residencies are in Kathmandu (Nepal) and Dolanji (India).

1992 Returned to Dolanji for the geshe examinations and to give the Ma Gyud initiation; also enthroned the Abbot of Triten Norbutse monastery, in the presence of Menri Trizin Rinpoche. He also visited Tibet again, on a pilgrimage in the Lhasa area, proceeding to Nag-chu in Kham where he gave teachings and initiations as well as at Lung-dkar monastery in Hor where he gave the sMra-bíi seng-ge (sMra-seng) initiation and vows to about 70 monks. Also visited sPa-tshang and sPu-la-kha monasteries, then returned to sTeng-chen monastery in Khyung-po, which had been rebuilt since his previous visit in 1986. He remained there a while, giving the sMra-seng initiation and teaching Vinaya to the monks. After visiting other areas he met his mother again. At gYung-drung dPal-ri monastery he did Byang-bu and conferred higher vows on eight ordained monks. At Ko-dgon monastery he taught Theg-rim, Tantra and Zhine for several days. Also visited other places in Khyung-po; at Khrom-tshang he gave genyen vows and initiations to many lay-people. Then he returned to Lhasa, where he bought a piece of land to build a Reception House for the many Bonpos living in the city to meet and assemble.

1993 Went to the USA where he taught at the first year of the seven-year program of Ligmincha Institute founded by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche. He also gave teachings at several other cities in the USA, Holland, Austria and Germany. Later that year he appointed a Lama as head of the Reception House in Lhasa. In this year, Heart Drops of Dharmakaya, his commentary on Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen Rinpoche’s book of dzogchen practice, was published in English by Snow Lion Publications.

1994 Travelled to Lhasa and Nagchug. On returning to Triten Norbutse he performed the rabgnas inauguration and blessing of the new gompa, also attended by Menri Trizin Rinpoche, and officially inaugurated the Dialectics school and Meditation Group.

1995 Travelled to Holland, Austria and Germany to teach Dzogchen.

1996 Travelled to USA to teach on the 21 Nails at Ligmincha institute. He also gave teachings at several other cities in the USA, Holland, Austria and Germany.

1997 Travelled to Italy and France to teach Dzogchen

1998 Travelled to Austria, Germany, France, Holland, Denmark and USA to teach Dzogchen
He has regularly taught retreats in France, where the Association Yungdrung Bon was set up by his Western students to facilitate his work in the West and in particular Europe.

In 2005 Shenten Dargye Ling, a congregation legally recognized by the French government, was established in France near Saumur for the preservation, research, teaching and practice of Yungdrung Bon.
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Tashi delek,

H.E. Lopon Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche teaches / will teach, in Peru at Ligmincha Dharma Center Bön Dzogchen.

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The construction of stupa in Shenten Dargye Ling in 2016 , (the Main Dharma Centre of the Yongdzin Rinpoche in Europe).
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IN ADDITION:

Lopon Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche has many students and one of them is Tenzin Namgyal , a former monk from Tashi Menri Monastery.
I like the under mentioned photo very much because it shows that Tenzin Namgyal is like many of us a student from Lopon la.
It also seems to be that Tenzin Namgyal has the Geshe degree and from that event maybe other Bönpos can place here some nice photos, if possible. :twothumbsup:
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kalden yungdrung wrote:
Thu Nov 23, 2017 8:59 am
IN ADDITION:

Lopon Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche has many students and one of them is Tenzin Namgyal , a former monk from Tashi Menri Monastery.
I like the under mentioned photo very much because it shows that Tenzin Namgyal is like many of us a student from Lopon la.
It also seems to be that Tenzin Namgyal has the Geshe degree and from that event maybe other Bönpos can place here some nice photos, if possible. :twothumbsup:

Lopon la and student Tenzin Namgyal 00.jpg
His name is Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche.

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Lhasa wrote:
Thu Nov 23, 2017 2:32 pm
kalden yungdrung wrote:
Thu Nov 23, 2017 8:59 am
IN ADDITION:

Lopon Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche has many students and one of them is Tenzin Namgyal , a former monk from Tashi Menri Monastery.
I like the under mentioned photo very much because it shows that Tenzin Namgyal is like many of us a student from Lopon la.
It also seems to be that Tenzin Namgyal has the Geshe degree and from that event maybe other Bönpos can place here some nice photos, if possible. :twothumbsup:

Lopon la and student Tenzin Namgyal 00.jpg
His name is Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche.
Tashi delek Lhasa,

Sorry, i see the spelling mistake, it should be indeed Tenzin Wangyal.


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Post by kalden yungdrung » Thu Nov 23, 2017 4:22 pm

Tashi delek Lhasa,

Thanks for your contribution, dear Lhasa.

But maybe you can obtain maybe also some photos about the Geshe ceremony of the former monk, Tenzin Wangyal ?


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