Tulku Pema Rigtsal 祖古貝瑪里沙仁波切
Tulku Pema Rigtsal (b. 1963) is a contemporary lama and monk of the Nyingma tradition, whose main area of activity is in Humla, a remote area in the northwest of Nepal. He is one of the main Dudjom Tersar holders in Nepal.
Birth and Recognition
Tulku Pema Rigtsal (or Tulku Pema Riksal) was born in 1963; his father was the Second Degyal Rinpoche and his mother Kyama Tsering. At the age of three, he was recognized by Dudjom Rinpoche and by Ling Rinpoche as the reincarnation of Chimme Rinpoche, the head lama of Ngari Pureng She Pheling Monastery. His main enthronement ceremony was held in 1977 at the Shedphel Ling Monastery at Mongod, India, which was overseen by Pema Kundol Rinpoche.
祖古貝瑪里沙仁波切（Tulku Pema Rigtsal）生於1963年，父親為第二世德嘉仁波切（貝瑪吉美南傑）（Pema Jigme Namgyel），母親為恰瑪慈琳（Kyama Tsering）。三歲時，由怙主敦珠法王和凌仁波切認證為阿里．浦仁．謝貝林寺（Ngari Pureng She Pheling Monastery）首座喇嘛企美仁波切（Chimme Rinpoche）的轉世，並於1977年在印度芒果謝貝林寺舉行坐床儀式，主法者為貝瑪昆多仁波切（Pema Kundol Rinpoche）。
其胞弟為希瓦仁波切 （Shiva Rinpoche），是果洛色達仁波切 （Golok Serta Rinpoche）的轉世。
Until the age of nineteen, Tulku Pema Rigtsal received an early education in reading, writing and ritual practices with his father the Second Degyal Rinpoche. He especially received from him all the practices of the Dudjom Tersar.
After, and during more than ten years, Tulku Pema Rigtsal, accompagnied by Khenchen Dawai Wozer, received teachings from Khenchen Choying Khyabdal Rinpoche.
He has mainly received empowerments, transmission and teachings from :
- Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
- Dodrupchen Rinpoche
- Dudjom Rinpoche
- Thinley Norbu Rinpoche
- Khenchen Dawai Wozer, from whom he received teachings on the thirteen major philosophical treatises (Shungchen Chusum) for ten years
- Khenpo Cheokhyap Rinpoche
- Penor Rinpoche
- Trulshik Rinpoche
- Yangthang Rinpoche
He has completed a closed three-year retreat, and a six-month retreat as well.
In 1985, in Humla Yolwang, in the far northwest of Nepal, he established Namkha Khyung Dzong monastery, which follows the Dudjom Tersar tradition. There, Tulku Pema Rigtsal has given to about 150 monks teachings on the sutras, tantras, the Zhugchen Chusum, with a special emphasis on the wisdom view of Mipham Rinpoche.
Tulku Pema Rigtsal gives teachings on the Dudjom Tersar Ngöndro, the The Words of My Perfect Teacher, Bodhicharyavatara, and the Richö, Nang Jang, Neluk Rangjung, and other Dudjom Tersar teachings, to the people of Humla and those from the Ngari part of Tibet.
Tulku Pema Rigtsal also holds Summer and Winter Dharma Teaching sessions every year for more than five hundred practitioners including monks, ngakpas (yogis) and nuns residing in Humla and Ngari, Tibet. Hundreds of hermits are practising in caves and solitary locations in Humla, Nepal and Ngari, Tibet under his religious instruction and guidance.
Besides Nepal, Tibet and India, Rinpoche has many disciples in Taiwan, Singpore, Hong Kong and the U.S.A.
Among his writings, there are :
- a commentary on the Calling The Lama From Afar (Lama Gyangbod ‘Nyugme Thollu’) of Dudjom Rinpoche
- a biography of the Degyal Rinpoche (the first).
- his first book in Tibetan, entitled “Semkyi Sangwa Ngontu Phyungwa” (The Great Secret of Mind).
- “The Great Secret of Mind”, Tulku Pema Rigtsal (Snow Lion, 2012)