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Feature Kunzang Rinpoche and the Monks and Nuns of Zangdokpalri
By P.G. Shatrya
Kunzang Rinpoche laughs remembering his pre-birth vision of being in “Zangdokpalri Paradise” waiting to be reborn. “Suddenly, my whole consciousness swept up into motion and I rode a red cord of light right into my mother’s womb.” One of the last living Tibetan ‘Tertons”, (Sacred Treasure Revealers) 75-year-old Dzogchen Master, Kunzang Rinpoche and the Monks & Nuns of Zangdok-palri began their 2004 U.S. Tour in Los Angeles on April 29th at The Topanga Community House in Topanga, CA. “Terton” translates as “Treasure Revealer” and signifies one possessed of the ability to find termas, hidden ancient teachings, and bring them forth onto this plane of consciousness. In the East, the incarnation of such individuals is not taken lightly.
Tibetan Buddhism teaches there are 25 Great Souls who have agreed to periodically reincarnate to carry forward the teachings set forth for this cycle by Padmasa-mbhava in the 7th Century A.D. Their births are foretold and charted by high Lamas and Kunzang Rinpoche’s birth was no exception. Born in the southern part of Tibet in the Earth Snake Year of 1928, Lamas foretold his birth as that of a renowned Treasure Revealer, in fact, the 13th reincarnation of the Buddha of a former eon, Rinchen TsurTor Gyen.
His early childhood reflected his passion for learning chants playing the sacred instruments. Kunzang Rinpoche especially studied and practiced for 10 years with Dudjom Rinpoche, the late head of the Nyingmapa lineage, who is considered to have been one of the most highly realized beings of the last century.
In 1962, at age 34, Kunzang Rinpoche fled Tibet to India with his wife and young son, Rigzen Dorje. There, in the hills of north eastern India’s Arunachal Pradesh, he established Zangdokpalri Monastery for the monks, and Tashi Choling Monastery in Assam for the Nuns. Today there are some 150 Lamas and Anis who serve the communities through these monasteries, where they perform countless healing ceremonies throughout the year.
Kunzang Rinpoche has revealed large, multi-section volumes of termas and 15 smaller works. He continues to bring forth such teachings, even one recently in Topanga, California during their 2002 visit when an American student asked for revelations on ‘Eagle Wisdom’. Known as, ‘Garuda’ in Tibetan, (they have no Eagles) it is the majestic mythic bird of wisdom, said to be born fully mature with powerful healing energies.
For Kunzang Rinpoche, the sharing of spiritual perceptions is far more than an intellectual exercise. Seeing beyond linear mind, he guides vibrations through mantra and music to help balance physical, mental and psychic forces. Such is the power of the Tibetan Healing Chö ceremony that many experience relief from numerous ailments and troubles after a two-day session. All we need do is lie on our side and listen. This is a truly universal spiritual healing experience that all can benefit by regardless of religious orientation.
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