KHYENSE TULKOU'S BIOGRAPHY

Khyense Tulku was born in 1960 in the Golok region, north east of Tibet, within a nomadic family belonging to the Mukpo clan. His father, Lama Kunmon was a highly revered lama, a descendant of a lineage of seventeen high lamas and tertöns (discoverers of "spiritual treasures"). His mother's name is Peago.
His birth was accompanied by many miraculous signs and, at the age of four, he said he was coming from Dewachen, the Pure Land of Buddha Amitabha. The child, while very young, showed a taste for contemplation and a clear disregard for the ordinary pleasures; his immense compassion embracing all sentient beings from suffering prisoners, as human or animals, even the smallest insect.
Aspiring to the spiritual life and demonstrating the qualities of heart and mind out of the ordinary, Khyense Tulku expressed, to his parents, the wish to be sent to the master and teacher Lama Rinzang in order to study the reading, writing and grammar of Tibetan, and the complex rituals of Tantric Buddhism. From this teacher, in its eighth year, he received the name of Chöjung, which means: "Appearance of phenomena".
The child showed during his apprenticeship exceptional dispositions, managing to retain many texts by heart. He stayed a total of eleven years with his tutor. Khyense Tulku said that a strong karmic link united to him, and he felt for him a love comparable to that of a son for his father. After Lama Rinzang's death, were found after the cremation, colored beads (Tib. ringsel) on his bones, which is, according to Tibetan belief, the sign of great spiritual attainment.

At the age of eighteen, once all the basic knowledge acquired, Khyense Tulku continued his education in the monastery of Pel Nianlong Takchen Chokor Lang, under the guidance of his cousin HH Namtrul Rinpoche, one of whose previous incarnations was Namkhai Nyingpo (9th century), one of the twenty-five disciples of Guru Rinpoche Padmasambhava, and, secondly, his consort the great dakini Taré Lhamo (1938 - 2003), the incarnation of Sera Khandro Dewé Dorje (1892-1937), as well as daughter and disciple of Apang Terton, Urgyen Lingpa Thrinley (1895-1945), previous incarnation of Sakya Trizin, Ngawang Kunga Rinpoche Thektchen. At the same time, staying at the monastery of Nianlong, was the great master of Dzogchen Droupwang Rinpoche, Lama Rinzin Nyima, master of both Namtrul Rinpoche and Taré Lhamo. From him, Khyense Tulku received all the oral transmissions, teachings and empowerments of Dzogchen (Tib. Rigpa ngotru), the teaching of Kunzang Lamé Shelong of Jigme Chokyi Patrul Wangpo (1808-1887) and Rigpe Tselwang, initiation and instructions of Chod and the initiation and oral transmission of his own gongters (Treasures of the mind) in twenty-four volumes. It was also Rinzin Nyima Lama who introduced him to the nature of his mind.

Later on, Khyense Tulku received teachings and transmissions from many other masters. The great Nego Khenchen, who lived at the monastery of Dodrubchen Rinpoche, transmitted the Ngöndro (Preliminary Practices) of Patrul Rinpoche and the Jangsem Chojuk.
  • From His Holiness Namtrul Rinpoche and Dakini Taré Lhamo, he received the transmission and the initiation of the thirty-two volumes of the Treasures of Kyabje Jigdral Yeshe Dorje, Dudjom Rinpoche (1904-1987), the sixteen volumes of the treasures of Apang Terton and their own treasuries totaling thirty volumes.
  • From the great Tulku Sheshen Ongtrul Rinpoche, he received the Longsel, initiation of Guru Rinpoche and Seulké Sok, a practice of protectors.
  • From Dola Jigme, the son of Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche he received the Vajrakilaya initiation (Tib. Dorje Phurba), coming from the gongter of Dudjom Rinpoche, as well as the initiation of Kunrik.
  • From Gyalong Tulku Jigme Osel he received the Nyingthig Doumnyi, the Dzodun (Seven Treasures) of Kunkhyen Longtchen Rabjam (1308-1363) and the Ngelso Korsum.
  • From His Holiness the Venerable Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok, he received the Nyingthig Yabshi of Longchenpa, the Sung Bum of Patrul Rinpoche, the lung of the Guru Yoga of Gesar of Ling and Treasures of teachings of Nyerla Sogyal, another name for terton Lerab Lingpa (1856-1926), previous incarnation of Khenpo Jigme Phuntsok and Sogyal Rinpoche.
  • From Dodrubchen Rinpoche, Tubthen Thrinley Pel Zangpo, he received the Rinchen Terdzo (Treasury of Termas) of Jamgon Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye (1813-1899) and the Kawang Chenmo, a total of 1700 oral transmissions and empowerments.

Finally he went to Yar Chen Cho Gar, where the great khenpo Akhyuk Rinpoche resides, from whom he received instructions on Dzogchen (Semtri). Khyense Tulku offered him five kata of five different colors, each one symbolizing the five activities of a Buddha. He also donated to Khenpo Akhyuk Rinpoche two stones he had found on his way. His master received them with joy and intense fervor, placing them on his head, on his throat and on his chest to receive the achievements of the body, speech, and mind, in a ritual dedicated to Tantric practices. Khenpo Akhyuk Rinpoche told him then that this discovery was a sign he was a great tertön. He advised him not to cut his hair and gave him the name of Jampal Chökyi Gyaltsen, which means: "The banner of the teachings of Manjushri (Tib. Jampelyang, the great bodhisattva symbolizing wisdom)".

Khyense Tulku then undertook a series of retreats, both in the Nianlong retreat center and in the places sanctified by the great masters of the past, and, disdaining the illusions of samsara and their attractions, he led a life of wandering, having his clothes as his only friends. He made a pilgrimage to Do Ari Nak where lived the great yogi Patrul Rinpoche, considered suitable place to give birth to the spirit of awakening, and went four times to meditate in Lhasa in hermitages where Padmasambhava retired: Drak Yangzong, Yarlung, Samye and also Gangri Theukar where Longchenpa had drafted the Nyingthig Yabshi and most of his Dzodun. It was in one of the caves of Gangri Theukar that Khyense Tulku, even before his official recognition, had the first sign announcing that he was the emanation of the great Yogi Do Khyentse Yeshe Dorje (1800-1866). He found, indeed, the text of the Guru Yoga of Jigme Lingpa Rigdzin (1730-1798), previous incarnation of Do Khyentse Yeshe Dorje. Another time, when he lived in the retreat center in Nianlong, an image carried by the wind, which probably came from far away, came to rest gently in front of him: it was a representation of Jigme Lingpa that Namtrul Rinpoche immediately framed and displayed in the retreat center in Nianlong, after the recognition that it carried a great blessing. At a third time, finally, on his way to Gangri Chenpo, high place of one of the most powerful deities of the land of Tibet, the White Protector Nyenchen Thangla, he saw a white man coming to him to honor him, joining his hands. This was none other than Nyenchen Thangla himself, the nonhuman father of Do Khyentse Yeshe Dorje and Sera Khandro.

Khyense Tulku was first recognized as an emanation of Do Khyentse Yeshe Dorje by the great master and tertön Sangcho Tulku, who had previously identified other Tulkus as eminent as Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche and Peyul Chotrul. This was confirmed by Namtrul Rinpoche, then by the famous Tertön Tashi Phuntsok, and by His Holiness Sakya Trizin. He was enthroned on a golden throne in the monastery of Nianlong in the presence of His Holiness Namtrul Rinpoche and many lamas.

At the request of Namtrul Rinpoche, Khyense Tulku then took the position of Geko, the director of the monastery of Nianlong for over fourteen years, while also carrying out the function of Khenpo (teacher). He also built at that time a temple dedicated to Vajrasattva (Tib. Dorje Sempa).
One day, Khyense Tulku found two flowers that were each one of one hundred and sixteen petals, colored yellow, in a colonnade, piling up, a species previously unknown. He offered them to His Holiness Namtrul Rinpoche and Dakini Taré Lhamo. Namtrul Rinpoche saw the sign of the indefectibility of their master to disciple relationship. Then, aspiring to the life of an itinerant yogi, following the example of Jetsun Milarepa, Khyense Tulku decided to take four years for a new pilgrimage, meditating in the sacred places associated with Padmasambhava, both in Tibet and Nepal, India, Sikkim and Bhutan.

While he was undergoing a retreat in Tso Pema, the sacred lake of Guru Rinpoche in India located near Mandi, Khyense Tulku had in mind the revelation of many gongters, sacred texts he then conciliated in many practices, among other things: Padmasambhava, Vajrakilaya, Kurukulla, Dorje Drolö (a wrathful aspect of Guru Rinpoche) and Tara. Anyen Rinpoche, a master scholar, reading these texts, was greatly impressed and exclaimed: "It's unbelievable. It's just amazing". To which Khyense Tulku replied with a smile.
Another day, while meditating in the same place, he saw a man put his hand into the lake and then draw it back out, holding a bell (ritual object representing wisdom) made of a precious alloy and adorned with beautiful carvings, which he offered to Khyense Tulku. He was filled with joy and kept it carefully, considering this bell, which despite its great age, issued a very clear sound, as an authentic terma of Guru Rinpoche. He then went to Yangleshö, Nepal, another place holy through the passage of Padmasambhava, where he remained in retreat for many months in the retreat center of Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche.
One Duchen day (celebration in honor of Padmasambhava, taking place on the tenth day of each month in the Tibetan calendar), a young American coming out of his three years retreat offered him a kapala (a ritual human skull tank), filled with various flowers. Khyense Tulku noticed that the kapala had a perfect shape, and interpreted this gesture as a sign favorable that its own practice may result in great achievements. It was also during this period that the revelation of a second set of texts of practices were added to those he had compiled at Tso Pema.


He also met at Yangleshö the great master and yogi Kyabdjé Chatral Sangyé Dorjé Rinpoche, who gave him many instructions and made him the gift of a stupa, the Kuten Chorten, symbolizing the support of the heart. Then he went to Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, to meet his master Dodrubchen Rinpoche, the previous incarnation of Jigme Tenpe Nyima (1865-1926), who was none other than Do Khyentse Yeshe Dorje's own master.
Khyense Tulku remembers that when, very young, he heard for the first time the name of Dodrubchen Rinpoche, he was immediately filled with joy and immense devotion. He subsequently had the opportunity to meet him several times as Dodrubchen Rinpoche regularly visited the monastery of Nianlong in order to give transmissions and to meet his two disciples Tare Lhamo and Namtrul Rinpoche, as well as Lama Nyima Rinzin, his friend of childhood. But in Gangtok, Khyense Tulku felt particularly moved to be in his presence, so he burst into tears, as he has for this great master a profound veneration.
During his stay, a singular event took place that can further illustrate this. One of the days, indeed, a servant of Dodrubchen Rinpoche came during a meal and brought to Khyense Tulku a plate of fish. Embarrassed, he politely refused the dish saying he was a vegetarian and, therefore, he never ate meat. The servant then noted that the fish came from the same plate of His Holiness. So saying, he immediately seized the dish, placed it in front of his forehead, throat, and chest to receive the achievements of the body, speech and mind, and swallowed its contents in less than two minutes. After he had finished, Khyense Tulku said he had never eaten so delicious a food, despite his dislike for the fish and its own smell! It is true that he had received this dish as a blessing from Dodrouptchen Rinpoche, just as he did every word and every action addressed to him, making no distinction between his master and Padmasambhava himself.
It is with immense gratitude that he received from Dodrouptchen Rinpoche, before leaving him, his precious zen (shawl of a practitioner), as well as many pills and blessed cords of protection since, as predicted by Dodrouptchen Rinpoche himself, they would bring a great blessing to many people. After that, Khyense Tulku began a short pilgrimage to the holy places of Padmasambhava, according to information given to him by his precious master.

A month later, in May 2010, Khyense Tulku was invited on Reunion Island, France. He then had the vision he was on the Pure Land of Vajrakilaya, wrathful deity and main yidam (deity that serves as a link in the Tantric practices) of the Nyingmapa school. A very pure karmic link uniting him to Swami Premananda, a disciple of Amma, who could be met at the ashram of Saint Louis. There, Khyense Tulku immediately began to develop his activity for the benefit of beings, and often had the opportunity, indeed, to distribute many cords of protection and pills, according to the prediction of Dodrubchen Rinpoche which he greeted as omniscience. Nowdays, he resides at Mont Vert les Hauts, where he founded the Buddhist center Takchen Cholang Tsokpa, for the dissemination and practice of Buddha's teachings. Let's hope that many people can benefit and be inspired by the words of Khyense Tulku, who looks back this way on his long experience of practicing and meditating: "Since the age of eight, there has not been one day I have not asked my teachers and made offerings to the Three Jewels, even in the worst moments. I am now fifty and my faith in the Buddha's teaching and my precious teachers is continually increasing".


Recognition by Tertön Sangcho Khyense Tulku is the mind incarnation of Do Khyentse Yeshe Dorje :





TRANSLATION :

From the sphere free of projection is the prophecy of the dakini of wisdom.
Previously, having taken thirteen pure rebirth (as a tulku),
Great lord tertön, primordial awareness which is wisdom and love,
Whose unobstructed wisdom of the spirit knows the three time,
Known as the authentic (vajra) Heruka.
Now the miraculous emanation
Appears under the noble name of "Dharma", with a mole up on the heart.
He is the mighty lord of the world
The very true and authentic manifestation of the spirit's emanation (of Do Khyentse Yeshe Dorje)
Born the year of the metal ox
Glorious emanation like a medicine for teaching and for the people of the world.

The discoverer of treasures Urgyen Kunkyong Lingpa revealed this prophecy of the dakini.