BIOGRAPHY OF LODRO NYIMA RINPOCHE

The 9th Lodro Nyima Rinpoche is one of the four tulkus (reincarnate lamas) of Pal Thrangu Tashi Choling Monastery in Tibet. This incarnation was recognized by His EminenceTai Situ Rinpoche in 1992.  At that time, he had completed his seventh year of study at Nalanda Monastic College at Rumtek Monastery, Sikkim, India. After the Chinese takeover of Tibet, most of the Kagyu tulkus in exile have been educated at Rumtek Monastery. 

Lodro
Nyima is the nephew of Khenpo Karthur Rinpoche, Abbot of Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Monastery in
New York state in the USA.  Khenpo Karthur was a monk and scholar of Thrangu Tashi Choling Monastery in Tibet who escaped from Tibet with Thrangu Rinpoche.  The Sixteenth Karmapa appointed Khenpo Karthur as his representative in North America.

Lodro Nyima was born to Khenpo Karthur’s Rinpoche’s sister in 1965 in Jekundo, Tibet (now Chinghai) near to Thrangu Tashi Choling.After his recognition, he returned to Thrangu Monastery in Tibet and completed the traditional three year retreat in the retreat center. He has resided there since as the monastery head.

Lodro Nyima is the incarnation of Bengar Jampa Zangpo (14th century) who is well-known as the composer of the Vajradhara Lineage Prayer (Dorje Chang Tungma), the prayer to the Kagyu lineage founders.  He was the chief disciple of the 6th  Karmapa, Thongwa Donden (1416-1453) and he became the root guru of the 7th Karmapa, Chodrak Gyatso (1454-1506).

During the time of the 6th Karmapa, he meditated on Mahamudra on a mountain, Namsto Semoto near Lhasa, for twelve years.  When the 6th Karmapa died he knew about the death through his own insight.  At that time, he sang a doha (a song of realization). When the 7th Karmapa was born he also knew of this event through his insight and he sang another song, part of which says “I am a poor yogi with nothing material to give to the Karmapa, but I can offer my experience and realization”.  This doha is contained in “The Rain of Wisdom”, songs of the great Kagyu lineage holders.

Later, the 7th Karmapa went to Karma Gon (one of the three monasteries of the Karmapas in Tibet) where Jampa Zangpo was staying.  Jampa Zangpo gave empowerments, Mahamudra teachings and the other important teachings of the Kagyu lineage to the young Karmapa. At that time, he became the root guru of the Karmapa and became part of the lineage. 

Lodro Nyima is in the Bardo Todrul lineage as well. Khagyab Dorje, the 15th Karmapa, wrote a long life prayer for Lodro Nyima which is contained in the Khagyab Dorje’s collected writings. After the lineage of Lodro Nyima was established, several incarnations stayed at Surmong Monastery.  Traleg Rinpoche (a great incarnation of Pal Thrangu Tashi Choling) invited the 6th Lodro Nyima to Pal Thrangu Tashi Choling where his incarnations resided up to the time of the Chinese invasion of Tibet. 

 

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