Incarnations

DAGPO RINPOCHE'S PREDECESSORS

The lineage of Venerable Dagpo Rinpoche's previous recognized incarnations begins far in the past. More recently several abbots of Dagpo Shedrub Ling are considered to be earlier incarnations of Venerable Dagpo Rinpoche.

The following masters are some of his previous incarnations:

The famous Bodhisattva Sadaprarudita (Tib. Taktu Ngu, 'Ever Weeping')

de altijd huilende bodhisattvaTaktu NguThis bodhisattva who lived in the era of the previous Buddha. He was known for his great devotion to his spiritual master and for the remarkable way he followed him. He sold his own flesh to be able to make an offering to his master.

The 4th C. Indian scholar Gunaprabha

This Indian scholar was a disciple of Acharya Vasabandhu and the author of Vinayasutra, a fundamental treatise on monastic discipline.

The 10th C. Indonesian Guru Suvarnadvipa Dharmakirti (Tib. Lama Serlingpa Chö kyi Drakpa)

Lama SerlingpaLama SerlingpaHe was the main master of the great Indian teacher and scholar Atisha Dipankara Shri Jñana who travelled thirteen months by sea to receive important instructions from him on how to generate the spirit of enlightenment (bodhicitta). Lama Serlingpa taught him both the lineage of Maitreya, The Seven Point Instruction of Causes and Effects and the lineage of Manjushri, Exchanging Oneself With Others. In the 11th century Atisha played a vital role in renewing Buddhism in Tibet. For that purpose he wrote The Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment, an exhaustive account of the spiritual path and the source of the Lamrim.

More recently both masters, Survarnadvipa and Atisha, found themselves in the same master-disciple relation when Atisha was born as Pabongkha Dorje Chang (1878-1941) who received teachings on bodhicitta from his master Dagpo Lama Jamphel Lhündrüp the predecessor of Venerable Dagpo Rinpoche.
Suvarnadvipa Dharmakirti is the author of an important Mahayana work The Wheel of Sharp Weapons, (Tib. blo-sbyong mtshon-cha 'khor-lo).

Marpa the Translator, (Tibet 1012-1097)

Marpa LotsawaMarpa LotsawaMarpa founded the Kagyu Order and guided the famous yogi Jetsun Milarepa to complete enlightenment.

Longdröl Lama Rinpoche Ngawang Lobsang

a disciple of the seventh Dalai Lama, Kalzang Gyatso. Just like Milarepa he had a hard youth. After intensive study and meditation he became one of the most celebrated masters of his time teaching great scholars such as Könchök Jigme Wangpo, the reincarnation of the omniscient Jamyang Shyepa. Both, master and disciple are authors of some extensive works.

Dagpo Lama Rinpoche Jamphel Lhündrüp Gyatso (1845-1919)

Jampel LhundrupDagpo Lama Jamphel LhundrupDagpo Lama Rinpoche Jamphel Lhündrüp Gyatso was Venerable Dagpo Rinpoche's predecessor and the abbot of three monasteries¬: Dagpo Shedrub Ling, Bamchö and Dungkar. He played an important role in renewing the teachings of the lamrim, the stages of the path to enlightenment, in central and southern Tibet and had a large following. His most famous disciple was Pabongkha Dorje Chang (1878-1941), who in the summer of 1921 taught the lamrim during 24 days in Chusang Ritrö, some miles west from Lhasa. More than 700 students were present including His Eminence Kyabje Trijang Dorje Chang who transcribed this special teaching. We know this work as the famous text Liberation in Our Hands (Tib. rNam-grol lag-bcangs).

Another major disciple is His Eminence Kyabje Ling Rinpoche, he and Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, are the two tutors of His Holiness the fourteenth Dalai Lama. Kyabje Ling Rinpoche also held the position of Ganden Tripa, the head of the Gelug Order from 1965-1983.