Tertön Pegyal Lingpa
Tertön Pegyal Lingpa
(gter ston pad rgyal gling pa, 1924 -1988)
This great photo of the Tertön shows him aged and ornamented ready to bestow empowerment.
According to HH Dudjom Rinpoche Jigdral Yeshe Dorje the Great Tertön Pegyal Lingpa (gter ston pad rgyal gling pa, 1924 -1988) was born 1924, the wood-rat year of the 15th Rabjung Tibetan cycle, in Golok Serta, of Eastern Tibet or Dhokham among the clan of Chok tsang of Mukpo clan. His father was Pema Jigmed and his mother Sherab Tshomo under auspicious signs. He was recognized as an incarnation of Guru Padmasambhava and Nupchen Sangye Yeshe. Pegyal Lingpa was trained in Tibet.
It was prophesied by Padmasambhava: “The final birth of Great Nubchen, the master of the treasure, will appear with the name of lotus, for the glory of sentient beings.” So at the time of the rapid occurrence of the five degenerations, Nubchen, according to the prophecy, compassionately emanated as the great treasure discoverer Tertön Padgyal Lingpa, who was blessed by the origin of his emanation, which is Nubchen himself in body, speech and mind, making him inseparable. Moreover, he also received the pure vision from Guru Padmasambhava and many other wisdom deities, who prophesied that Pegyal Lingpa will discover the treasured doctrines from various natural locations such as underground, lakes, and the sky, benefitting countless disciples resulting in their liberation by his sublime action in the process.
Although Pegyal Lingpa was trained in Tibet he had to leave Tibet with the Tiebaten diaspora and lived for some time in Pemakö, India, and later, he settled and lived mainly in Bhutan, where most of his students gathered around him. Actually, he lived a very simple and poor life of a yogic practitioner or naldjorpa (rnal ‘byor pa) with neither having any personal possessions nor great following. In Bhutan he lived a simple and secluded life as Chöd practitioner (chod pa) and Tummo practitioner or repa (ras pa) before he stayed with two secret consorts. However, these relations did not last for a long time as the living conditions were very difficult to uphold a real family life. After his first wife passed away he stayed with another lady for three years. Finally, from his third wife Sangyum Tsewang Zangmo (gsang yum tshe dbang bzang mo); one son Tertrul (gter sprul) and two daughters were born Yangden Lhamo (yang ldan lha mo) Dawa Dema (lda ba bde ma) in Karma Yangtse, Buthan. The mother passed away at age 39 when the children were quite young. As Rinpoche practiced the inner yogas of tummo (gtum mo) and chülen (bcud len) he could maintain his simple life. As an external sign he wore a white skirt or shamthab indicating his mastery over the practice of inner heat according tot he repa tradition (ras pa) oft he cotton clad yogic practitioners.
He revealed both sater (sa gter) and gongter (dgongs gter). Most of Pegyal Lingpa’s gongter were revealed in Tibet, and so almost all of these texts were lost during the political events in the 1960’s.
One of the most important terma of Pegyal Lingpa is known as the Cycle of Kusum Gongdü or the ‘Union of Enlightened Intent or Enlightend Mind of the Three Kayas’, was revealed by Pegyal Lingpa in Pemakö in 1960. The inner sadhana of this cycle is the Pema Sangwa’i Thigle aka Red Vajrasattva practice, which is widely practiced as a drubchen within the sangha of Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche.
As prophesied by Padmasambhava, he continued as Namchak Tsasum Lingpa’s reincarnation and discovered the final profound treasure of Namchak Tsasum Lingpa known as the Kusum Gongdü or Gathering the Enlightened Mind of three Kaya at the hidden land of Padmakö in the present day Aurunachal Pradesh and Bhutan with various, great miraculous signs, in the 1960’s. However, these treasures remained concealed for twenty four years through wisdom dakini’s secret seal so that they remained as secret dakini script contained in the yellow scrolls or shogser (shog gser). Thereafter, as the prophesied time arrived and on the appeal of the Dharma protectors, in 1988 he finally was able to decode the treasured doctrine into the Tibetan text from these secret letters of the wisdom dakinis as he remained for three years of strict retreat at the Kurtü Neren Senge Dzong, Padmasambhava’s main holy site of action. Shortly before he passed away he was able to pass on his great Dharma treasures to his Dharma heirs in order to further spread them for the welfare of the beings.
Therefore, it is said that although he dissolved his body into dharmakaya very shortly after the Kusum Gongdü have been revaeled in 1988, he transferred the treasured doctrines to the prophesied and fortunate heart sons with his clear wisdom mind and blessed them to hold the teachings.
Among Pegyal Lingpa’s students are: Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche Tsewong, Sithar Rinpoche, Tulku Sang-gnak, the 6th Gochen Tulku Namchak Sang Ngak Tenzin Rinpoche .As a result of his treasure discovery, these profound teachings, like the gentle rays of the sun, spread all over the world without interruption even to these days, through the threefold means of adherence, promotion and dissemination. Mostly due to the noble vision and unsurpassed action of the prophesied lineage holder such as H.H. the 6th Gochen Tulku Namchak Sang Ngak Tenzin Rinpoche , his treasured doctrine has not only inspired and liberated countless disciples of Bhutan, but also many others in the western and eastern worlds like Tibet, India, Nepal, Taiwan, Hongkong, Singapore, America, Brazil, Germany etc. Many of them have formed the Namchak Kusum Gongdü association in their respective countries and implemented the treasured doctrine as their main practice of attaining the benefits of temporary bliss and ultimate liberation.
More details of this great saint’s life are elaborated in the biography of Tertön Padgyal Lingpa written by H.E. Gochen Rinpoche, which we could not yet find.