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Ngagyur Nyingmapa by Shartul Rinpoche (download.doc)

When the confidence of certainty of the ultimate is found,
The myriads dharma treasures overflow in the mind.
Hence, the appearance of the profound pure vision dharma is proved through such statement.
Although the life and liberation of this master is extremely vast yet, I mention it briefly to revive the devotion by explaining briefly the birth of the treasure teachings of the great awareness-holder, Dharma-king, Treasure Revealer, Nyima Drakpa Tsal. He was the supreme among the beings that tasted the speech nectar of Drubwang Dzogchen Pema Rigdzin and developed the strength of teachings and realization, and manifested the state of the self-realization Dharmakaya. Nyima Drakpa Tsal was empowered as the King of the Profound Treasure of the Vajra Transmission of the Second Buddha, Orgyen Guru Rinpoche. He was proclaimed and praised among the Great Treasure Revealers who came to dispel the darkness of the degenerate time of this world. Although from the primordial beginning he is enlightened. Yet, the way of his manifestation to liberate sentient beings of delusion, and coming into existence into this world was in this manner.
The profound proclamations from the words of Orgyen Dorje Chang say that Nyima Drakpa Tsal is the incarnation of the sublime Avalokiteshvara. Guru Rinpoche says: “You are the Lotsawa, translator of Pema, an incarnation of Eased in Nature of Reality, Avalokiteshvara. The power of your motivation is immensely strong. At the peak of Kaliyuga, in the time when it is tough to tame savage beings, you will come across this profound teachings, and you will guide many sentient beings to the path of liberation.”
Therefore, noble Avalokiteshvara is not like the bodhisattvas of the tenth bhumi but Nyima Drakpa Tsal is the sambhogakaya, vajra speech of all Buddhas, yet appearing as the king of bodhisattvas he fulfills the benefit of all sentient beings. Such kind of precious qualities is hard to express or realize even by bodhisattvas, let alone by ordinary beings. It is the domain only of the omniscient enlightened mind.
However, to mention it briefly, when Guru Rinpoche came to Tibet, Nyima Drakpa Tsal was born as Lotsawa Luyi Wangpo, who translated many sutras and tantras into Tibetan. He served to write and conceal many profound treasure teaching. After a series of change of various births in the different intermediate existence he came as the Great Terton.
Also in the Pema Kathang says:
Incredible will be his form and clothing,
Incredible will be the teachings of the doctrine.
The incredible imprint of the virtuous activities will appear,
The source of the treasure of three regions of Kham Sinmo
Without remains will be revealed as the sign appear.
He will appear as one called as Khampa Nyima Drak.
This kind of prophecies have been mentioned not only once but repeatedly proclaimed through many profound scriptures. Nyima Drakpa Tsal was born in the Nangchen region of Do Kham province to Jamme Yonpo Karma Namgyal and Laza Sonamtso in the 11th cycle Fire Female Pig Year (1647). He relied upon the lotus feet of Dzogchen Pema Rigdzin offering his possession, service and practice. He received the entire sutra and tantra teachings and moreover he received all the pith instructions like a vase completely filled and merged the mind of the teacher and student in union. Also he received the complete empowerments and instructions from many other non-sectarian doctrine holders.
Nyima Drakpa Tsal easily mastered meditation the contemplation and meditation without hearing. At 23 he was blessed by the Second Buddha, Guru Rinpoche. He saw Guru Rinpoche with the assembly of dakas and dakinis and received the prophecy for revealing profound treasures. Once when he went to visit to the sacred lake Gaya Dhari, which is known as the dark red Rakta from a boulder, a smoke blew out and fiery flame started to blaze. Picking a stick with his hand he placed into the rock, which made a transparent unobstructed hole. As he held the first revealed profound treasure in three scrolls, wondering if it was a dream or reality, immense joy and happiness arose. At that time as prophesized by the dakini he went to the Sinmo Dzong in Kham. Although at the very beginning to do his three year strict retreat in Kham Shak Dorje Nying Dzong, there was huge turbulence and disturbances from the non human, yet sitting with the perfection of the radiance of meditation and subjugation through non-conceptualization, his meditation enhanced and his realization manifested as all appearance and sound arose as impartial self-appearance (Rang Nang). He summoned negative sights as fortune; received obstacles as accomplished blessings, and all appearance and existence arose as all encompassing purity. He repeatedly saw and met the vast deities of the three roots in reality or in his dreams and received their blessings.
In the year 1670, Nyima Drakpa Tsal saw Guru Rinpoche and received the prophecies and directions of the profound treasures of time, signs and so forth and explaining detail directions through his vajra speech. Although he had completely achieved the state of the Four Bodies of Enlightenment and even though sentient beings did not understand the value of the precious treasure teachings, his heart was captured by the fortunate ones, who had the keenness to enjoy the profound treasure. With his undaunted faith to spread Buddha dharma and bring benefit and happiness to sentient beings in degenerate times, in the year of the male Tiger as directed, he revealed the Three Roots Heart Essence from Sin Dzong Dorje Nying Dzong. He revealed Vimala Mitra’s statue and so forth. Moreover, he enjoyed in the display of appearances of purity. He had visions of the wisdom body of the Wisdom Dakini Tsering Dzomma always, if not often, which enhanced his meditation and practice. He took this wisdom dakini as his consort and immediately his realization became profound. Perfecting the radiance of inseparable bliss and emptiness all abandonment and cultivation arose in nature of great wisdom-bliss. Gaining power over wind and energy he traveled unobstructedly through rocks and cliffs, he flew like bird in the sky and space, he squeezed dry earth and rocks like soft clay leaving body imprint in them. He saw everything that was hidden or obscured without any veil through his omniscient wisdom. He could understand the realization of other beings and so on. Inconceivable signs and qualities of the path arose in his wisdom heart giving birth to infinite miraculous display and omniscience.
Nyima Drakpa Tsal had innumerable students who received empowerments and instruction from him. To mention a few of them, they were: the 5th Dalai Lama, Ngawang Lobsang Gyatso, Trulpai Terchen Rigdzin Garwang Dorje, The Powerful Ngadag Nyakgyal Thangpa, Rigdzin Zilnon Dorje, Mahasiddha Ngari Odchhog Trulku, Mrawai Senge Gyalton Tulku, Dzogchen Ponlop Namkha Odsel, and so forth. Among the worldly disciples were King of Saale Jong Desi Sangay Gyatsho, King of Mongolia, Dala Bahadur Therze, King Sayi Tsangpa Gyasel, Great Ling Dorje Gonpo, Powerful King of Kham Derge, and many other kings and subjects form all walks of life which in number are uncountable.
Nyima Drakpa Tsal nurtured many beings that he had heard and seen and made connection with many fortunate ones and led them into the path of maturation and liberation. In the future of this fortunate eon he vowed that he would come as the 40th Buddha, the one called as the Drachen. He will be powerful with immeasurable compassion and stainless wisdom and all that connected with him will be liberated from the cyclic existence. This is proved from the words of Guru Rinpoche, which says:
My emanation, a noble being,
Nyima Drakpa Tsal of Kham.
Not separate from me, the Lotus-born.
There is no separation because there is no difference.
All with positive connections will be enlightened and content,
And even those with negative connection will end cyclic existence.
So needless to mention more.
We need to understand that apart from the appearance of their bodies they do not have any differentiation as explained in the profound proclamation.
After demonstrating such vast and amazing miraculous display, seeing the end of beings to be tames, in the second month of the Metal Tiger Year 1710, Nyima Drakpa Tsal dismantled his form body to dissolve into the expanse of Dharmakaya and merged into the pure land of Lotus Light.
Similarly like this, in every birth of his reincarnation, Nyima Drakpa Tsal displayed immeasurable enlightened activities and became like the sun blossoming the lotus nectar of Guru Rinpoche’s teachings. If one wants to learn more in detail of this great master it is explained in the text of his extensive life and liberation.
Thus from the first Nyitrul until the present 7th reincarnation, his inconceivable display of enlightened activities for boundless sentient beings has never been diminished. All these enlightened activities are the natural perfection of his great aspiration and compassion.
At present, the 7th Nyitrul Rinpoche is studying and receiving all the practices of profound Buddhist philosophy and rituals.

 

 
 
 

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