Brief Biography of
Ninth Khenchen Thrangu Tulku,
Karma Lodrö Lungrik Maway
When The 7th Gyalwa Karmapa Chodrak Gyatso (1454-1506),
visited the region of Thrangu in Tibet, he established Thrangu Monastery
and enthroned Sherap Gyaltsen as the first Thrangu Rinpoche, recognizing
him as the re-established emanation of Shuwu Palgyi Senge, one of the twenty-five
great siddha disciples of Guru Padmasambhava. The present, ninth incarnation
of Thrangu Rinpoche is an eminent scholar. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche was
born in Tibet in 1933. When he was four, H.H. The 16th Gyalwa Karmapa and
Palpung Situ Rinpoche recognized him as the incarnation of Thrangu Tulku
by prophesying the names of his parents and the place of his birth.
Thrangu Rinpoche was born in the winter in Tibet.
In front of their house was a frozen river. But on the morning of his birth,
the river thawed. It thawed before the sun came up and people were very
surprised and wondered what it meant that the ice had melted so early in
the morning. After the ice had melted, all these birds came to wash themselves
in the river, which was quite unusual. They also heard a cuckoo, which
is never present in that part of Tibet in the winter. It's only in the
summer that they have the cuckoo bird, but the cuckoo was heard quite clearly.
Several years before Rinpoche's birth the head
lama of Thrangu Monastery died (who was the eighth Thrangu Tulku Rinpoche).
It is quite extraordinary to think that this long line of nine great scholars
and practitioners were simply named after the monastery that they came
from. This monastery is located in the Eastern Tibet in the Kham region
and is actually just over the mountain from Sermang Monastery where Chogyam
Trungpa Rinpoche lived. The elders of the monastery went to His Holiness
Karmapa to identify the reincarnation of the eighth Thrangu Tulku. Thrangu
Rinpoche was ordained by His Holiness Karmapa and prophesied, "In the future
you will bring dharma to the west."
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