Passing of Kunzang Dechen Lingpa

From: “”
Date: Wed Apr 5, 2006  9:49 pm
Subject: Kunzang Dechen Lingpa passed away.
Kunzang Dechen Lingpa Rinpoche passed away recently at his temple construction project, Zangdokpalri in Arunachal Pradesh, India after giving a longlife initiation to nearly 10,000 buddhists who had come from all this poorest of Indian states.  After loosing all vital signs Rinpoche remained in a state of deep meditational awareness  sitting upright unassisted for 2 and half days (Tib: TUKDOM). There are reports that a rainbow emanated from his body and photographs were taken.  Many of us on the dharmanet nyc list had the opportunity to receive teachings and healing cho from Kunzang Dechen Lingpa during his tours to the USA over the last 5 years. Rinpoche passed away while preparing for another tour to the west with a group of his most Kunzang accomplished nuns and monks. His goal of obtaining donations to finish the Zangdokpalri temple that the Buddha Guru Rinpoche had specifically directed him in a dream to construct in order to bring peace to these troubled times drove him to leave his Himalayan meditation retreat and travel. Now that goal is just a thought. Should any want to contribute tax deductable donations towards the completion of Rinpoche’s project you can send checks payable to
Zangdokpalri Foundation for Great Compassion
130 7th Ave
Box 221
New York NY 10011
Or go online to to help and donate through that link.
donations of 108$ will receive a cd of Rinpoche’s last pointing out instructions
those in excess of $250 will receive a dvd.
You can also join the email list at that site and receive updates as to the progress of the temple and the possibility of an upcoming healing cho tour by the monks and nuns.
thank you,
Moke Mokotoff, president Zangdokpalri Foundation for Great Compassion

Swift Rebirth Prayer For Terton Kunzang Dechen
Lingpa by H.H. Thrulshig Rinpoche

To all the victorious Buddhas of the three times
endowed with ten powers and who are even masters of the gods,
and whose attributes of perfection are the source of all compassionate deeds
benefiting the vast ocean-like realm of sentient beings,

To the assembly of sacred doctrine embodied in the Three Vehicles,
supremely serene, a jewel-treasure of enlightenment,
stainless, unchanging, eternally good, and the glory of all virtues,  which actually liberates beings from the sufferings of the three worlds

And to all members of the enlightening, noble spiritual community,
who never stray from the thoroughly liberating adamantine city,
who possess the wisdom eye that directly sees the profound truth
and the highest valor to destroy all machinations of cyclic existence,
to you, we offer our prayers with fervent devotion:

That Kunzang Dechen Lingpa, protector of the beings of this
degenerated time, be reborn Quickly. We unfortunate ones have no other hope but him.
Please shower on him your blessings so that he he would come back soon enough .

Through the blessings of the wondrous Buddhas and Bodhisattvas,
by the infallible truth of the laws of dependent origination,
and by the purity of our fervent aspirations,
may the aims of my prayer be fulfilled without hindrance.

“This prayer written in Tibetan by H.H. Thrulshig Rinpoche will be translated into English soon”    (translated by Lama Namkha Dorje, Boudha Stupa,Kathmandu Nepal.)


Looks Like Me – Ngadrama

Termas are like crops that ripen in the autumn. Every year, there’s a new crop, and each season it is freshly harvested and enjoyed,..

Below was posted by Erik Pema Kunsang in the yahoo forum called “Tibetan Buddhist Group” near the time of publication of this amazing book, worth a read and many rereads: “Blazing Splendor”.

Quotes about termas and the Likeness Statue
Date: Thu Aug 4, 2005
By Yahoo ID: epk10008

“Termas are like crops that ripen in the autumn. Every year, there’s a new crop, and each season it is freshly harvested and enjoyed, since that is the crop for use at that time. Terma teachings were concealed to be revealed at particular periods later in history, and they appear in forms most appropriate to the particular time periods in which they are revealed.”
— Dzongsar Khyentse Chokyi Lodro

about the picture you have of Padmasambhava, Tulku Urgyen says:

“As a newborn infant, I became severely ill with some unknown disease, and was at the brink of death. My parents took me to Samye monastery nearby. At the Castle of Samye was one of five sacred statues of Padmasambhava, which he had said looked exactly like him. (This ngadrama, or likeness, was a very small statue known as Guru Tsokye Dorje revealed by Nyang-Ral Nyima Özer as a terma treasure.) The statue was placed inside a vase from which people could receive water as a blessing. By then I had actually stopped breathing, so there was little my parents could do but place me in front of the statue and pray to the Lotus-Born. My parents prayed that their newborn baby would not die — and later they said that it was because of Padmasambhava’s blessings that I didn’t. As they prayed, I opened my eyes for the first time and started breathing again. After that, they brought me along to all the other pilgrimage places around Samye. Of course, I don’t remember any of this, but my father told me the whole story.”

Quotes from Blazing Splendor, the memoirs of Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
Foreword by Sogyal Rinpoche

Just published last Friday.

Here are the links:

Blazing Splendor, the blog:

Blazing Splendor, the book on

On “Last Words” of Terdak Lingpa –

Following story can be read on

Ancestry and Birth:
“Rigzin Terdag Lingpa was the speech emanation of the great translator Vairocana. At the request of the dakinis, the body of his pristine cognition assumed the form of Heruka and Terdag Lingpa, accompanied by rainbows and various wondrous omens, was born on Monday, March 26, 1646 (tenth day, second month, fire dog year).”

“On the morning of March 17, 1714 (the second day of the second lunar month), Chögyal Terdag Lingpa said, “I must take seven steps toward the East”. He then rose and after walking seven steps, sat down cross-legged and, as his Last Testament [’da ka’i zhal chams], said:

“Appearances, sounds and awareness are deities, mantras and the sphere of dharmakaya,
Spreading forth infinitely as display of kayas and primordial wisdom.
Within the practice of great, profound and secret yoga,
May these be indivisible and of one taste within the innermost essence of mind.”

He then said, “Now the dakinis have arrived to usher me on” and raised his hands in the gesture of playing the damaru and bell and with a contemplative gaze, sitting in meditation posture, passed into Parinirvana amidst many wondrous omens.”

On “Last Words” of Terdak Lingpa – Blazing Splendor

-Very good blog, where one can read about news of discovery of incarnation of Tulku Urgyen.

Following is an excerpt from: Blazing Splendor: The Memoirs of the Dzogchen Yogi Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche
As told to Erik Pema Kunsang and Marcia Binder Schmit, Rangjung Yeshe Publications 2005. Quoted without permission from the publisher.

Page 48-49:

Khyentse was a great siddha, incredibly realized. Yet probably because he held the position of “king of Dharma,” ruling over a vast domain of spiritual activity, he did not manifest a rainbow body upon his departure. [see note at the bottom]
Instead, here is how he passed away.
All his life, Old Kheyntse never sat idle; at the very least he would usualy have a rosary in his left hand, chanting various mantras. One day, he told his servant, “One’s final words should be like those of Terdak Lingpa, the great master of Mindrolling.”
“And what are they?” his attendant asked.

Sights, sounds, knowing–deva, mantra, dharmakaya–
Play of kayas, wisdoms, boundlessly they merge.
In this deep and secret practice of great yoga,
Be they of one taste, nondual sphere of mind!

While chanting the last line, Old Kheyntse rolled up his rosary, put it in its proper place, straightened his back and stopped breathing.”

From the Glossary, page 408-409:
Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (1820-92)–the first Khyentse; great master of the 19th century. He was the last of the Five Great Tertons and was regarded as the combined reincarnation of Vimalamitra and King Trisong Deutsen. he became the master and teacher of all the Buddhist schools of Tibet and founder of Rimey movement. There are ten volumes of his works in addition to his termas. Jamyang means ‘Manjushri, gentle melodiousness,’ Khyentse Wangpo means ‘Lord of loving wisdom.’ In this book he is referred as Old Khyentse or simply Khyentse.

Note[52] from Erik Pema Kunsang:
An extraordinary level of realization may result in the practitioner dissolving his or her body into rainbow light and departing from human realm in this form. This is not always possible for a master with many disciples.,