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PAST LELUNG RINPOCHES

The previous incarnations of Lelung Rinpoche, also known as Jedrung Tulkus, have played an important role in the history of Tibet and especially in the development of Buddhism.

The previous incarnations of Lelung Rinpoche, also known as Jedrung Tulkus, have played an important role in the history of Tibet and especially in the development of Buddhism. The lineage of Jedrung Tulkus began with the great master adept Lhodrag Namkha Gyaltsen whose direct disciples included the master Je Tsongkhapa, founder of the Gelungpa school of Tibetan Buddhism.

All of the subsequent Lelung incarnations are recognised as a manifestation of one of the Three Principal Incarnations of Tibet (Pokyi Tulku Nam Sum). Avalokitesvara, Manjushri and Vajrapani are the three principal bodhisattvas and Lelung Rinpoche is considered to be the representative incarnation of Vajrapani. The other two representatives incarnations are H.E. Wen Gyalse and H.E. Lo Sempa.

The second Lelung Rinpoche, Jedrung Gendhum Teahi, became the principal teacher of the third Dalai Lama. The third Lelung, Jedrung Tenpa Gyatso, was invited to Mongolia in 1584 and was requested to give teachings to the king. He later received an invitation to travel to Peking and the 14th Emperor of the Ming Dynasty,Wan Lee, also requested teachings from him. When he returned to Tibet, he became the teacher of the fourth Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama, Panchen Logsang Chogyen.

The fifth Lelung, Jedrun Lobsang Trinley also known as Lelung Zhepai Dorje was born in 1697. He was a great treasure discoverer (tertön) and gave teachings to many masters of all traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. He had many monasteries and nunneries built during his lifetime, one of which was the renowned Ris med Thekchog Namdroling Monastery.

According to the cultural history of Buddhism, the infinite emantation Buddha manifested as Avalokitesvara to tame male beings, Khandro Sangwa Yeshe to tame female beings and Hayagriva to tame wrathful beings. The teachings of Khandro Sangwa Yeshe were bestowed upon King Trisongdetsun, Khadro Yeshe Tsogyal and the great translator Vairocana by Padmasambhava and were later hidden in the secret places of Tibet.

When the time was right, the teachings were revealed by the great tertön Mingling Choje Terdak Lingpa. It was prophesied by Guru Padmasambhava that Lelung Zhepai Dorje would be the lineage holder of this great treasure of Secret Exalted Wisdom Dharma (gSang wa Yesh es kyi chos ‘khor), which would greatly benefit many sentient beings during this degenerate age. The wheel of this cycle of teaching was turned throughout Tibet and the great adept, the Fifth Lelung Rinpoche, compiled teachings into sixteen volumes.


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Karze Valley, East Tibet
   
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