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Kyabje Trulshik Chokyi Lodro

Kyabje Trulshik Ngawang Chokyi Lodro was born in 1923, in Yardrok Taklung, in central Tibet. He was recognised as a youth to be the reincarnation of Trulshik Dongak Lingpa. His first master was Dzatrul Dorje Chang, who was one of the three main disciples of Trulshik Dongak Lingpa. One day, Dzatrul Dorje Chang, after the passing away of his guru, witnessed two flying sparks which he perceived to be coming from the Copper Colour Mountain .One landed in a village near the seat of his master and the other landed in his very own lap. The obvious meaning to him was that there would be two incarnations of Trulshik Dongak Lingpa. One would be found in that village and the other would be found by him and would be under his care. This is what transpired. The spark in the village became extinguished after only a short time, unlike the spark that came to him. Later, he understood that this was a foreshadowing that indicated that the incarnation in the village would not live long, because that is how things took place. Whereas, the incarnation which came to his care, that of Trulshik Rinpoche, had a long life, indicated by the bright, long-lasting light of the direct message from the Copper Colour Mountain. Indeed, this message was pure joy, corresponding to the pure joy of the living Trulshik, who is still with us. Kyabje Trulshik approached the greatest masters of his time and received a complete traditional education. Kyabje Trulshik stayed with his disciples in a remote place to the south of Everest. He is still spending most of his time in retreat there at Thubten Dongak Chöling. I have requested Kyabje Trulshik to write his autobiography to inspire all the devotees with his divine example.

I was introduced to him by His Holiness Dudjom Yeshe Dorje, saying that I should get the rest of the Dzogchen lineage from him as KyabjeTrulshik was inseperable from Dudjom Rinpoche himself, meaning that he holds all of the Dzogchen, including the unique lineage of His Holiness. When I first went to see him, I travelled anonymously for many days until I reached the site of his monastery where I pitched a tent below the Gompa. He was in a strict retreat but he sent a monk with a note that said he had been waiting for me as His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche had indicated our meeting to him though he was no longer in this world. Kyabje Trulshik to me was an omnisciently compassionate one, yet his demeanor was that of a completely humble person with no airs of any kind.

Unfortunately, my beloved Guru left us in September 2011. May he return swiftly to continue guiding us.