Tsongkhapa Lobzang Drakpa (tsong kha pa blo bzang grags pa) was born in the .. Elevating Tsong Khapa’s Disciples: Khedrup Je and the Jey Yabsey Sum. Biography. Je Tsongkhapa Lobsang Drakpa, popularly known as ‘Je Rinpoche’, was born in the Tsongkha region of Amdo, East Tibet in Tsongkhapa, one of the most important figures in the philosophy and history of In addition to copious citations from traditional Indian Buddhist literature, Je.
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Western people do not recognize him as a great yogi, a great practitioner, a mahasiddha. Actually, Lama Tsongkhapa taught and wrote more on tantra than on sutra, but because he did not show his mahasiddha aspect, Westerners get the impression that he was only an intellectual. They think that only the other traditions jf in this way and that Lama Tsongkhapa negated this point and taught only intellectual, analytical meditation.
The Life and Times of Je Tsongkhapa – Mandala Publications
You know it is not true. Lama Tsongkhapa was already a great meditator while he was still a teenager. And from the time he was a teenager, he did not have sicknesses as we do.
When he had a small problem, he would cure himself. When there was a flood or an avalanche, he would say a prayer, and everything would stop. If you read his biography, you can see that Lama Tsongkhapa was a great mahasiddha. The monks and nuns and lay people of all the traditions of Tibetan Buddhism came together to make offerings and say prayers.
At the first festival there were countless butterlamp offerings.
Tsongkhapa Lobzang Drakpa
Anyway, one day the many thousands of butterlamps in the temple became one mass of flame. Soon the fire was out of control, and everybody was scared that the temple might burn down. This happened because of his inner fire meditation.
We Tibetans consider that when you can control the four elements of your own nervous system through inner fire meditation, you can also control the outside elements.
This proves that Lama Tsongkhapa was a powerful realized being. Also at that time he perceived the eighty-four mahasiddhas in space above Lhasa. Lama Tsongkhapa had no shortage of telepathic power. Suddenly he left, and nobody knew why. No one knew this was going to happen that day, but Lama Tsongkhapa knew, and he escaped over the mountain. This shows that Lama Tsongkhapa had telepathic power, but it is also a good example of his perfect renunciation.
He vomited at the thought of worldly pleasure. Can you imagine us in that situation? For sure we would accept the invitation!
Although Lama Tsongkhapa was incredibly famous, he never went to distracting places; he stayed in isolated places in the snow mountains. But we go to the most confused places. This shows how we are, that our renunciation is not perfect.
Lama Je Tsongkhaoa had many thousands of disciples all over Tibet and constantly received offerings, but he had no bank account, no house, not even one piece of land upon which to grow his food. Everything he received, he gave away. Lama Tsongkhapa is the perfect example of living according to the Dharma.
Then Manjushri predicted that he would live until a certain age. Shortly before Lama Tsongkhapa died, one of his teeth came out, and everybody saw that it emitted much rainbow light. Everyone did many prayers and much meditation. Radiant, rainbow light continued to come from the tooth. Bring my tooth here. Lama Tsongkhapa gave some of the pills to the disciples who had wanted them. He also predicted that about five hundred years later these relics would go to Bodhgaya.
The Life and Times of Je Tsongkhapa
This prediction has come true: When Lama Tsongkhapa did die, he did it perfectly. First, he put everything in order. This was a sign that inside he was the Guhyasamaja deity.
Finally, sitting in meditation in his full robes, he died. This is what distinguishes a mahasiddha. Lama Je Tsongkhapa proved himself. Can you imagine being able to die deliberately and clean-clear?
When we die, we leave a mess. We should motivate and pray that we die like Lama Je Tsongkhapa instead of dying like a cow. This is our human right. Pray that instead of dying depressed, with a miserable expression, you will die blissfully.
There is a chance. When your time comes to die, because of your will-power you will remember your prayer. If you know what to do beforehand, you will remember at the time of death. I am telling you this because I believe it, not because I have realizations. Lama Tsongkhapa had explained everything thoroughly from beginning to end, from Hinayana to Paramitayana to tantra, the entire path to enlightenment. Thousands and thousands of people had meditated upon his teachings and achieved realizations.
And unfortunately the Tibetan people are degenerating. He taught people not to cling to the desires of the sensory world, yet people are more grasping and have more desires than ever.
Khedrub Je had reason to feel this; there were many degenerations. He was so sad, and he cried and cried. Then he prayed and offered a mandala. Suddenly Lama Tsongkhapa appeared in youthful aspect on a jeweled throne surrounded by deities, dakas, and dakinis.
My principal message to people is to practice the tantric path. Practice this and then give it to qualified people. Instead of crying you should help to do this as much as possible, and that will make me very happy. If you practice, Lama Tsongkhapa will smile.
His heart was breaking. Again he prayed strongly and offered a mandala. Lama Je Tsongkhapa manifested and gave him many teachings and initiations.
At still another time that Khedrub Je cried so hard and prayed so much, Lama Tsongkhapa manifested in a reddish-colored aspect, holding a sword and a skullcup and riding on a tiger. Later he also manifested as Manjushri, and at another time in his usual form but riding a white elephant. Five visions appeared when, for different reasons, Khedrub Je cried and prayed. Why do I tell you these stories? It is good to know that Lama Je Tsongkhapa was a great yogi, a mahasiddha — there is no question — and that Khedrub Je had such inner realizations that just by calling on him, Lama Tsongkhapa would manifest.
Even though we are degenerate, we have the chance to hear his way of explaining the tantric path and to try to actualize it. We are so lucky. Even if we do not know much about Buddhist things, if we practice what we do know, Lama Tsongkhapa will be very happy.
When you understand them, you really get something helpful, and devotion arises. While giving this teaching, I have been feeling especially grateful to Lama Je Tsongkhapa. Because he explains the Six Yogas of Naropa in such a profound way, I feel much devotion to him. The way he puts things together, there is no question — he must be a mahasiddha. The Mahasiddha Je Tsongkhapa. Is the World Ready to Understand? Is It Really a Problem? An Interview with Ven. An Interview with Dinty W.
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