Nangchen Adeu Rinpoche

The 8th Trulshik Adeu Rinpoche was born on the 4th day of the 12th Tibetan month in the Iron Horse year of the 15th calendrical cycle (1930), in the middle of a freezing winter. Despite the prevailing weather conditions, at his birth, several miraculous signs appeared; blossoming flowers, repeated sounds of thunder, multiple appearances of rainbows, and water at Rinpoche’s home turning into milk.

As the 16th Karmapa and the 8th Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche recognized the child as the authentic reincarnation of the 7th Trulshik Adeu Rinpoche, he was taken to Tsechu Gompa for enthronement at the age of seven. Immediately after this, he began his traditional education in writing, calligraphy, poetry, astrology, mandala painting, spiritual practice and text recitation. At the same time, the young Adeu Rinpoche also received many teachings and pith-instructions based on the old and new traditions, but primarily on the Drukpa Lineage from the 8th Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche, Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö and many other great masters.

After this, Trulshik Adeu Rinpoche entered into a seven-year retreat, during which he practiced the sadhanas of different deities and trained in tsa-lung, following the Six Yogas of Naropa and the liberating Mahamudra mind-training practices. He also learnt philosophy. Trulshik Adeu Rinpoche later wrote a precise commentary on the three sets of vows, the root of heart-essence of Nyingmapa lineage, and on the various mandala deities.

During the political upheaval in 1958, all the sacred texts, statues and precious objects were completely destroyed, and Rinpoche was imprisoned for 15 years. Although Trulshik Adeu Rinpoche suffered a great deal, the period in prison gave him an opportunity to meet many accomplished masters, who had also been imprisoned, especially Lama Rinchen and Khenpo Munsel from whom he received instructions on Dzogchen, and under whose guidance, he practiced the rare and precious teachings of the aural lineage (Nyengyü) of the Nyingma school, and studied the various Nyingmapa terma teachings.

Trushik Adeu Rinpoche was an extremely important master of the Drukpa Lineage, especially following the Cultural Revolution, during which many great Drukpa Lineage masters passed away. When teachings of the Khampa tradition of the Drukpa Lineage were faced with threats of extinction, Rinpoche was its only remaining lineage holder.

At the end of 1980, Trulshik Adeu Rinpoche went to Tashi Jong in India to pass on the entire lineage of the Khampa Drukpa tradition to the present Gyalwa Dokhampa Shedrub Nyima, Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche Thutop Chokyi Wangchuk, Dorzong Rinpoche, Drugu Choegyal Rinpoche, Zigar Rinpoche and many other great tulkus of the Drukpa Lineage. Thereafter, Trulshik Adeu Rinpoche made a special visit to Nepal to pass on the entire Khampa Drukpa Lineage to the present Gyalwa Dokhampa Jigme Pema Nyinjadh and many other great tulkus and khenpos there.

In 1993, Trulshik Adeu Rinpoche also gave the complete empowerments of the Drukpa Lineage to the local tulkus in Nangchen. About 51 tulkus and 1600 monks and nuns were present to receive the empowerments and oral transmissions. In this way, Rinpoche became the main lineage master of the Khampa Drukpa tradition for all the Drukpa tulkus. Thereafter, Rinpoche went to Bhutan and exchanged initiations with His Holiness Je Khenpo, Jigme Chodrak Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and many other enlightened masters, thus becoming a representative of the Drukpa Lineage.

Trulshik Adeu Rinpoche also took responsibility for restoring Tsechu Gompa, and at the same time collecting, correcting and editing all the Drukpa teachings, Tantras and practices.

Trulshik Adeu Rinpoche passed away in July 2007, in Nangchen, Eastern Tibet, leaving behind a letter with Paljor Lhundrub, a monk in retreat, and this was only to be read in the public when the 9th Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche Thutop Chokyi Wangchuk and the 3rd Drubwang Tsoknyi Rinpoche were present. In March 2010, after Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche completed a one-month retreat, he passed a personal letter to Drubwang Tsoknyi Rinpoche to bring with him in his visit to Tsechu Gompa, to be read in the public together with the letter written by the late Trulshik Adeu Rinpoche. Both letters described clearly that Trulshik Adeu Rinpoche would take rebirth as the youngest son of his most illustrious disciple and nephew, His Eminence Trulshik Satrul Rinpoche. Drubwang Tsoknyi Rinpoche performed a traditional washing and clothe changing ceremony.

Clearly the birth of Pema Chogyal, the youngest son of Trulshik Satrul Rinpoche, was not a common incident. In September 2009, a fire had broken out at Yushu Hospital, where everyone had to be evacuated, except those in a delivery room where Satrul Rinpoche’s wife was giving birth. As the baby boy was born, a young girl of six or seven years old appeared at the delivery room and offered a flower to the parents, saying, “This is a gift for my little brother.” Soon after, she was no where to be found. At around the same time, all the water at the late Trulshik Adeu Rinpoche’s residence had mysteriously turned into milk.

Even as an infant, Pema Chogyal displayed unusual calmness and ability to stay mindful. He was matured, like an adult in disguise. He would often point to the photo of his predecessor saying, “That’s me when I was old,” and would only stay intimate with his father, not anyone else. He would also point at the late Rinpoche’s car saying, “This is my car,” and refusing to part with the car.

When the letter was read, many were not surprised. His Eminence Trulshik Satrul Rinpoche had received the unbroken lineage directly from his very own uncle and teacher, His Eminence Trulshik Adeu Rinpoche, and the lineage would now gradually be returned to the present Trulshik Adeu Rinpoche. His reincarnation was recognized by His Holiness the Gyalwang Drukpa, His Eminence Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche and His Eminence Drubwang Tsoknyi Rinpoche. His Eminence Drukpa Choegon Rinpoche had visited in Nangchen specially to give refuge vows, following the tradition of the past.

On 10th September 2015, Pema Chogyal will be officially enthroned as the 9th Trulshik Adeu Rinpoche, continuing his journey as a great Bodhisattva in benefit of the Drukpa Lineage and all sentient beings.

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