Home Gonsar Tulku Rinpoche During the time of the 7th Dalai Lama, a young man from Amdo requested acceptance at the house of his countrymen in the Sera monastery near Lhasa. His appearance was so poor and shabby, that he was refused. Turning away from the house he met an old woman on the grounds of the monastery who suggested that he request admittance to Chadrel House and ensured him that it is there, where he belonged. He did as he was told, and then being accepted in the monastery he showed great enthusiasm in his studies.
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His Eminence the 5th Gonsar Rinpoche is the present incarnation in the line of Gonsar Tulkus, who are well-known as practitioners of the Hayagriva Tantras and for their ability to deliver clear, precise and logical teachings. At the age of three, Rinpoche was recognised and confirmed as the current incarnation of the Gonsar Tulkus by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.
At the tender age of six, the current Gonsar Rinpoche started his monastic education at the famed Sera Monastery under the tutelage and care of Venerable Geshe Rabten Rinpoche.
He received many teachings and transmissions from numerous highly attained masters including H. Upon the completion of his traditional studies, he learned English and Hindi while living in a refugee camp in Buxa and later in Dharamsala.
Gonsar Rinpoche with the young incarnation of Geshe Rabten. Three years after Geshe Rabten entered clear light, Gonsar Rinpoche found the reincarnation of his beloved root Guru. The 1st Gonsar Tulku H. Gonsar Rinpoche giving a Dharma talk. The 1st Gonsar Rinpoche lived during the lifetime of the 7th Dalai Lama. He was a poor young man from Amdo who wanted to be accepted into the house of his fellow countrymen in Sera Monastery, near Lhasa.
However, he was denied entry due to his poor, shabby appearance. As he was walking away from the house, he met an old lady who advised him that he might fare better if he applied to another house called Chadrel and she assured him that he would be accepted there.
Little did he know that the old lady was actually an emanation of the female Dharmapala, Palden Lhamo. Just as she had predicted, Rinpoche was subsequently accepted into Sera Monastery.
He showed great enthusiasm in his studies and displayed the extraordinary qualities of a great master. As a young man, he spent a significant amount of time in meditation in a cave in the mountains near Lhasa. It was at this very site that the Gonsar retreat monastery would eventually be built.
This name has stayed with the Gonsar Tulku lineage right to this day. He was also one of the tutors of His Holiness the 8th Dalai Lama. He was famous for his exceptionally vast and profound teachings on the complete path of mental development to full Enlightenment.
He is believed to have received the knowledge of the secret script directly from dakinis when he travelled to their realm during his meditations. Yeshe Yang lived a number of years in the mountainside forests with Sogpo Lhapel sog po lha dpal and was believed to have flown into the sky and vanished.
Like his previous incarnations, the 4th Gonsar Rinpoche also studied in Sera Monastery. In his early twenties, upon the completion of his Geshe studies and examinations, he travelled to Mongolia and became one of the greatest Buddhist teachers in the country. Teaching for more than 30 years and manifesting supernatural powers frequently, Rinpoche was greatly cherished by the Mongolians and almost all the contemporary masters in Mongolia became his disciples.
During the outbreak of the Bolshevik revolution, he returned to Tibet and continued with his work there. Please support us so that we can continue to bring you more Dharma:.
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