We all know about many illustrious and high lamas who fled Tibet during the Cultural Revolution and continued to uphold the teachings while living in foreign lands. Little is heard of lamas who have survived the Cultural Revolution and on top of that studied, practiced and are spreading the sacred Dharma to thousands within the holy Land of Snows (Tibet). One such lama is Lama Jampa Ngodup Wangchuk Rinpoche who is instrumental in bringing the nectar of Dharma to the people of his homeland. His courage and tireless efforts in serving the Buddha Dharma overcame all obstacles which has made him one of the most influential lamas of today!
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All of us at DorjeShugden.com make this virtual offering of a butterlamp to the great Lama Jampa Ngodup Rinpoche, requesting him to remain for another 1,000 years to continue turning the wheel of Dharma and benefiting countless beings.
Following the great master Je Tsongkhapa, Lama Jampa Ngodup Wangchuk Rinpoche came from humble beginnings and faced countless hardships during the Cultural Revolution before he could fully dedicate his time and life towards the study and propagation of Dharma.
At the end of the Cultural Revolution, Jampa Ngodup Rinpoche took up the position as a teacher in a primary school in the Bangdak region of Tibet. Secretly he took his vows from the great Yogi Jampa Genga (向巴更嘎大瑜伽师). It was under this illustrious master that he received many teachings of both Sutra and Tantra.
At that time there was the Khenpo (abbot) of Yuan Ke Su Monastery(原克苏寺) in Markam, Chamdo who is the disciple of Rinchen Gonpo Rinpoche. This old Khenpo had a book of tantra entitled “The Oral transmission of Great Bliss” which he risked his life to keep and protect during the Cultural Revolution. Books and Sadhanas were a rarity at that time, Jampa Ngodup Rinpoche requested the old Khenpo for a Sadhana which he could practice with. Khenpo Rinchen told Ngodup Rinpoche that he would transmit a set of teachings to him with the condition that he perpetuate the lineage by spreading it far and wide. Ngodup Rinpoche received this set of teachings with the promise to spread them far and wide.
Ngodup Rinpoche achieved renunciation through working for the welfare of those suffering from the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution and practiced diligently according to his guru’s instructions. Not long after, the abbot of the monastery Rinchen Genga Rinpoche passed into clear light. Jampa Ngodup Rinpoche then went to the great monastery of Sera to continue his studies under the tutelage of his master, Rinchen Gonpo Rinpoche.
One night, Jampa Ngodup Rinpoche had a dream. His teacher Rinchen Gonpo asked if he could memorize the entire Lamrim teachings. Ngodup Rinpoche answered in affirmation. The next day when he requested the oral transmission on the Lamrim Chenmo, his teacher told him that if Ngodup Rinpoche could transmit the entire Lamrim Chenmo for 3 to 5 times in his life, his teacher will pass on the lineage. Jampa Ngodup Rinpoche answered that he will transmit the teachings if he understood the meaning. On the day of transmission of the Lamrim, his teacher advised him that he would need to familiarize himself with the Vipassana teachings by Arya Nagarjuna from the Lamrim texts before he could transmit the teachings. Bearing this instruction in mind, Jampa Ngodup always starts his Lamrim discourse with the Vipassana teachings of Nagarjuna.
When he expounded the teachings on the Lamrim Chungba, his teacher instructed Jampa Ngodup Rinpoche to extract the teachings by Chandrakirti and take them to heart. This would ensure that the essence of the teachings would be transmitted. Ngodup Rinpoche took this to heart and before every discourse, Rinpoche and his teacher would discuss in detail the finer points of the teachings. This ensured that the Lamrim teachings and the “Oral transmission of Great Bliss” were simultaneously transmitted. When the discourses on the Lamrim were completed, his teacher Rinchen Gonpo told Ngodup Rinpoche: “You have fulfilled your promise of expounding the Lamrim but all that I have taught you, has it become deep like the imprints on a carved rock or the imprints in sand?” Jampa Ngodup replied immediately: “Deep as the imprints on a carved rock.”
With the blessings of the Guru and the Three Jewels coupled with Jampa Ngodup Rinpoche’s wish to benefit others, the “Oral Transmission of Great Bliss” has been made the main text of learning in the Norbuling Buddhist institute.
On many occasions, Lama Jampa Ngodup Rinpoche has since been giving teachings on the Lamrim to huge crowds on the high plateaus of Tibet. He is one of the many living masters who are fearlessly spreading the teachings of Dorje Shugden and giving initiations to thousands of both the ordained and laity.
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In the face of the ban on Dorje Shugden’s practice, which had affected many Buddhist practitioners in exiled Tibetan communities and around the world, Lama Jampa Ngodup Rinpoche continues to spread the practice of Dorje Shugden far and wide within the Land of Snows and was recently the first Tibetan lama sent by the government of China to teach abroad.
We at DorjeShugden.com celebrate Lama Jampa Ngodup Wangchuk Rinpoche for all his compassionate works of raining down Dharma teachings to the masses in the Land of Snows. May Rinpoche be constantly in good health to be able to continue his works of spreading the holy Dharma. Through his guidance and efforts to propagate the Dharma, may more enlightened masters arise within and without Tibet in order to bring benefit to more people.