Tribute to Lama Jampa Ngodup Rinpoche

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 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 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.

Lama Jampa Ngodup Rinpoche giving blessings after the initiation ceremony

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  1. Lama Jampa Ngodrup Rinpoche continued on his practice and taught to many despite the Dorje Shugden ban. He is recognised by the China government as the first Tibetan Lama to be sent abroad to teach. This is an achievement and should be inspired by all. From the video, we can see that there are thousands who attend his teachings, whether it is held in the monastery or at the hills. Thank you for the tribute.

    One thing for sure is that Rinpoche follows what his teacher’s instructions were and take them to heart as explained above about the teachings on Arya Nagarjuna and teachings by Chandrakirti.

  2. my deep respect to Jampa Ngodup Rinpoche.

  3. why is China using religion and this religious leader as a political tool ?

  4. @Anuj why does it matter? He is spreading Dharma isnt he? And one day those Chinese leaders will die, and unfortunately so will this lama but the Dharma he taught remains behind…


  5. Rejoice to those who have received the initiations from Lama Jampa Ngodup Wangchuk Rinpoche.
    Jampa Ngodup Rinpoche is one of the great masters who has achieved renunciation through his dedication work for the welfare of others. He recognized and realized the suffering of others during the Cultural Revolution. Due to his great compassion to others, Jampa Ngodup Rinpoche is very devoted to his guru, follow guru’s instructions and put a lot of efforts in his studies including Lamrim discourse with the Vipassana teachings of Nagarjuna.
    Furthemore, with his strong guru devotion and faith in Dorje Shugden, the Shugden ban doesn’t stop him to stand firm in spreading Dorje Shugden practice and initiation to more than thousands of people.

  6. Lama Jampa Ngodup Wangchuk Rinpoche is a good example of a lama who had survived The Cultural Revolution and yet continue to spread the Buddha Dharma in China with success. The ingredient to his success is not holding grudges, putting political affairs aside but focus on sharing the Lamrim teaching that benefits many people. At the same time, not forgetting to promote the lineage, which includes Dorje Shugden. Rejoice to the people of Tibet China, for having genuine lama who truly care to spread Buddha Dharma to the people.

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.…Instead of turning away people who practise Dorje Shugden, we should be kind to them. Give them logic and wisdom without fear, then in time they give up the ‘wrong’ practice. Actually Shugden practitioners are not doing anything wrong. But hypothetically, if they are, wouldn’t it be more Buddhistic to be accepting? So those who have views against Dorje Shugden should contemplate this. Those practicing Dorje Shugden should forbear with extreme patience, fortitude and keep your commitments. The time will come as predicted that Dorje Shugden’s practice and it’s terrific quick benefits will be embraced by the world and it will be a practice of many beings.

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