8TH Thrangu Tulku
THE EIGHTH THRANGU TULKU
KARMA TENZIN TRINLEY RABGYE (1879-1932)


The 8th Thrangu Tulku Karma Tenzin Trinley was born in the Earth Rabbit Year of the fifteenth cycle (1879) and was recognized by both the 10th Situ Pema Kunsang and Jamgon Kongtrul Lodro Thaye.

In 1896 when he was eighteen, the Nyakrong war brought a time of great turmoil, but because of his protection and service no great harm befell the monastery.

The 2nd Palpung Wontrul Karma Tekchok sent a letter along with a donation, saying that they should establish a retreat center for the Six Yogas of Naropa and he also sent Dzage Lama Tashi Lhadar as a retreat master for that purpose.  He provided facilities to construct the retreat center and make preparations and everything came to fruition.

Likewise Khyungpo Khenpo Karma Ozer, a Khenpo who had studied many texts with Situ Pema Wangchuk Gyalpo, was invited to the monastery.  He instituted a tradition of performing the three fundamental rituals including the rainy seasons retreat with great care for all the details.  At that time, a prosperous and generous monk from Betsang Pedar Monastery sponsored the construction of a temple for the rains retreat.

Thrangu Karma Tenzin Trinley enthroned the 5th Zuru Tulku Chokyi Senge who recited two hundred million Vajrakilaya mantras..  He also enthroned the 6th Lodro Nyima Rinpoche who was born in Lhasa and the 8th Traleg Rinpoche Shedrup Chokyi Nyima.  When great masters including Mipham Jampal Gyepa Dorje, who was Manjushri personified and the great realized master Shakya Shri came to the monastery, the Thrangu Tulku received many key instructions and profound teachings from them.  He became very well known for his clairvoyance and great powers.  He subdued several fearsome ghosts and demons and protected many people from danger, fear, death and insanity.  He continued this extraordinary activity until passing away in the Water Monkey Year of the sixteenth cycle (1932) at the age of fifty-three.

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