德 清 穰 大 自 在 蓮 悦 法 林Dechen Rang Wangchen Padma Gyipe Choling
Khenpo Tsultrim Lodro Rinpoche was born in Luhuo County of Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan, China in 1962. Unlike other children of his age, he demonstrated unsual talents, profound compassion, and noble conducts at a very young age, which caused local villagers to treat him distinctly as an extraordinary child. After he started attending schools, his innate wisdom shone forward uninhibitedly. Teachers have acknowledged his outstanding achievements and classmates raved about his intelligence. Although he had every opportunity to further his education in an academic setting as he grew into his adulthood, his desire for worldly knowledge and mundane living diminished over the years, while his sense of renunciation only became ever stronger. Having recognized the nature of suffering in cyclic existence and the limited meaning he found pertaining to continuing his scholastic learning, his determination to one day become a robed sangha later solidified into a decision when he met His Holiness Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche.
Around the same time, His Holiness Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche – a great Mahasiddha and the carrier of Guru Rinpoche’s enlightened activities, was already widely propagating the holy Buddha Dharma in the snow land of Tibet. Out of his profound compassion and aspiration to continue the enlightened mission of Bodhisattva Manjushri, His Holiness vowed to forever rekindle the light of Buddha Dharma wherever it is diminishing. As soon as Khen Rinpoche heard about His Holiness’s enlightened qualities that are none other than that of the noble Atisha (who has established the Sarma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism), a profound yearning developed from the depth of his heart which propelled him to seek out the master. Eventually, he arrived at the renowned Larong Buddhist Academy in Sertha – the retreat place of many rainbow-body realizers, and finally met with His Holiness in person. After explaining his background and intention, Khen Rinpoche was accepted as His Holiness’s student with great delight. Shortly after, Khen Rinpoche was formally ordained to become a monk and initiated into vigorous Buddhist training at the feet of His Holiness.
Ever since Khen Rinpoche was ordained, he has been carefully guarding his pratimoksha vows, Bodhisattva vows, and Samaya vows more than he would his life. Over the last two decades, he has tirelessly persevered in learning and contemplating the essential teachings of the sutras and tantras without interruption. In a matter of six months after joining the academy, he has fully comprehended any and all shastras that he has come upon with ease and has never struggled with the profound meanings of Buddha Dharma. In addition, his skills, talents, and accomplishments in teaching, debating, and composing far exceed that of his peers and he has utterly impressed the senior Khenpos in the academy. After passing all stages of tests, assessment, and rigorous evaluation, Khen Rinpoche was awarded in person by His Holiness with the Khenpo’s degree (equivalent to a Ph.D), specializing in Tripitaks.
Many renowned masters came forward to recognize Khen Rinpoche as the reincarnation of a high lama and have repeatedly attempted to offer the ceremony of enthronement in their monastary. Khen Rinpoche has never accepted any such acknowledgement and invitation to the enthronement, believing for a practitioner to spend any effort in seeking fame is merely a sign of bedevilment and would bring nothing but obstacles and obscurations to one’s own spiritual quality. He is content with being an ordinary person and reduces his lifestlye to the bare minimum with no interest whatsoever in the worldly fame and gain. Despite his efforts to ward off any pursuits to put him on the high throne, he is still recognized by many high lamas as the emanation of the Omnicient Longchen Rabjam, Khunchen Khowo Rabjam, and Changchub Lingpa. His Holilness Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche conferred the name “Tsultrim Lodro” – one of the names born by Longchepa to Khen Rinpoche for this reason. The Omnicient Longchenpa is known for attaining the ultimate Dharmakaya realization, leaving a vast collection of profound writings such as The Seven Treasuries, Nyingtik Yabshi, the Trilogy of Natural Ease, the Trilogy of Natural Freedom, etc.. Together with Je Tsongkhaba and Sakya Pandita, they are regarded as the body, speech, and mind’s emanation of Bodhisattva Manjushri. Over the years, Khen Rinpoche has completed his training in all cycles of Tantras, especially those that are still imbued with Dakinis’ warm breath and those that confer the power of Vidyadhara attainment within this very lifetime, such as, the Guhyagarbha Tantra and its relevant commentaries, the Seven Treasuries of Longchenpa, and Nyingtik Yabshi etc.. In addition to receiving these teachings in their entirety, Khen Rinpoche has also attained extraordinary realization through actual practices.
Khen Rinpoche started teaching Buddha Dharma in major cities of China, Malaysia, and Singapore at the request of His Holiness beginning in the 90’s, making auspicious connections with beings of these areas and offering them temporary and ultimate benefits. Khen Rinpoche has been particularly compassionate towards beings of the lower realms such as animals. He continuously advocates no-killing and life-release for creatures that are procured to be butchered. In the last ten years, Khen Rinpoche has commenced an annual summer even of life-release to save a vast number of yaks, goats, and sea creatures from being slaughtered. To this date, Khen Rinpoche has not only rescued over 100 millions lives, he also has assured their taking rebirth in the Western Pureland by performing the life-release sadhana as soon as they were released! He has become widely known as the “Life-Release Khenpo” due to these incredible activities. He also promotes vegetarian deit throughout the world and suggests it as the ultimate way to prevent lives from being killed for human consumption. His perseverance in learning, reflecting, meditating, lecturing, debating, composing, and saving of lives has not only made him the unerring heart son of His Holiness, but also gained him wide recognition as a genuine Great Bodhisattva of our time.
Khen Rinpoche has been committing himself fully in service of spreading the Buddha Dharma and benefiting all sentient beings with the use of all three doors. He has authored many commentaries to elucidate Buddha Dharma including: Commentary on The Essence of The Heartfelt Advice, Clarifying Madhymaka, Questions and Answers on Perfecting Wisdom, A Thesis on Past Life and This Life, etc. In recent years, he has traveled all over Tibet to promote environmental protection, vegetarian diet, education, life-release and life preservation, fundamental Buddhism, and reinforcement of their belief in Buddha Dharma. In order to preserve Tibetan culture, he has been actively working on founding libraries and schools in numerous Tibetan regions; he has also collaborated with prestigious scholars to compile Chinese-Tibetan-English dictionaries in hopes of educating Tibetan people with modern knowledge. With five years of diligent work, he has already publishedIllustrated Chinese-Tibetan-English Dictionary of New Daily Vocabulary and Chinese-Tibetan-English Dictionary of New Daily Vocabulary.
Khenpo Tsultrim Lodro Rinpoche