A Saint in Seattle: The Life of the Tibetan Mystic Dezhung by David P. Jackson, His Eminence Jigdral Dagchen Sakya

By David P. Jackson, His Eminence Jigdral Dagchen Sakya

In 1960, the Tibetan lama Dezhung Rinpoche (1906-87) arrived in Seattle after being pressured into exile from his place of origin through the Communist chinese language. Already a respected grasp of the lessons of all Tibetan Buddhist faculties, he may finally develop into a instructor of a few of Western Buddhism's so much striking students. This inspiring and not likely biography of a contemporary Buddha is totally annotated, and contains pictures.

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29 Lama Gendun never praised Dezhung Rinpoche to his face, but to others he sometimes made encouraging remarks. Once, when a disciple ofDezhung Rinpoche's previous rebirth, Dezhung Lungrik Nyima, came around and inquired about Dezhung Rinpoche, Gendun told Fl RST SCHOLASTIC STU Dl ES 33 the visitor, "He's bright, and he's a scholar (dpe cha ba). " 130 After only nine months, Dezhung Rinpoche concluded 'these studies under Khenchen Shenga. " Rinpoche later thought that the land he referred to must have been America.

He continued his studies at Gemang for about eleven or twelve years under Orgyen Tendzin Norbu (otherwise called Onpo Bstan li or Bstan dga'). 103 Orgyen Tendzin Norbu was one of the chief disciples of Dza Paltrlil 0 rgyan 'jigs med chos kyi dbang po and was also the nephew and sometime student ofByang Ozachu Gemang Khenpo Shenphen Thayey. 104 Shenga was counted by some to have been the rebirth of that Gemang Khenpo (though at Dzokchen there also lived an officially recognized trulku of Shenphen Thayey) .

435 124. Dezhung Rinpoche at Karma Thubten Choling. Wappingers Falls, New York, August 1984. Photo courtesy of Nina Shoumatoff. 444 125. Dezhung Rinpoche with Lama Norlha. Photo courtesy of website. 445 126. Kunzang Nyima as dashing monk attendant. Cambridge center, 1984. 448 127. Dezhung Rinpoche with students at Cambridge center, 1984. 449 128. Dezhung Rinpoche dictating the life ofNgawang Lekpa to Dhongthog Rinpoche, Seattle, 1985. Photo courtesy of Dhongthog Rinpoche. 458 129. "What is holding you back is that you believe in all this ....

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