PALYUL CHADONGRI MONASTERY
Tulku Lodoe Rinpoche is a tulku of the Palyul Chadongri Tashi Yalpel Ling Monastery in Amdo Golok. It is one of the more than one-hundred branch monasteries of Palyul Tharthang Monastery and is in the care of H.H. Garwang Nyima Rinpoche. We will therefore start with a brief history of the monastery and the line of succession of its founders.
DO FAMILY AFFILIATION
In the first year of the 19th century, the great siddha, Rigzin Do Kyentse Yeshi Dorje was born into the Churong tribe in Amdo Golok (East Tibet). In his early life he studied with many spiritual teachers of non-sectarian philosophical doctrines, and he obtained the manifestation of the paths and the bhumis in his mindstream. He demonstrated several of his supreme siddhi qualities to his disciples. For instance, he was able to fly into the sky like a bird, was able to move rainbows freely with his fingers in any direction, and so on. Rigzin Do Kyentse Rinpoche discovered the Dzinpa Rangdrol cycle of teachings and was a lineage holder of the Longchen Nyingthig treasure cycle of Jigme Lingpa. He became the great accomplished master of the whole Domed region (East Tibet).
When he was older he founded a tent monastery camp (Wa dra-ngak) among the Churong tribe and started teaching dharma to the communities at the camp both summer and winter. Thus, many eminent disciples from many different places, among them Patrul Rinpoche, assembled to willingly and freely receive his teaching. Unfortunately, when he was around seventy years old he passed away. His son, Dechen Rikpai Reltri Rinpoche (1830-1896) continued to develop the site into a monastery. Gyaltsen Rikpai Reltri taught the great Jatsön Pö Druk and Longchen Nyintik etc. teachings to the monastic communities. When Rikpai Reltri grew old his son Do Rinpoche Zilnön Gyepai Dorje (1890‐1939) took responsibility for the monastery for ten years.
Then the people of the Churong tribe offered the monastery to Gyalwa Palyul Monastery when Palyul Choktrul Rinpoche Jampel Gyepai Dorje (1894 – 1958/1959) and many other senior Rinpoches of the Gyalwa Palyul Monastery visited them. Thus Palyul Choktrul Rinpoche became the root guru for all householders and monastic communities in the area.
During the period that Palyul Choktrul Rinpoche was giving empowerments, instructions and teachings to the tribal communities, the 1958 period [Great Leap Forward] was coming closer. The atmosphere of disturbance brought great misfortune to the monastery. However, in 1982, the Dharma Door began to open and this offered the right to practice Buddhism according to the wishes of the local people.
In 1988, H.H. Garwang Nyima Rinpoche of Tarthang came to the monastery, and started to give empowerments, instructions and teachings to the Churong communities. He also discussed reconstruction of the monastery with Tulku Kunzang Namgyal Rinpoche. In the same year, Tulku Kunzang Namgyal invited many great spiritual teachers to the monastery and reconstructed many assembly halls and Mani Khorlo (prayer wheel houses) and so forth.
When Tulku Kunzang Namgyal was aged about sixty he requested Nangwa Tulku Pema Tekchok Dorje Rinpoche to be his successor. Tulku Kunzang Namgyal passed away not long after giving some advice to all the communities of the local householders and the monastery.
Then Nangwa Tulku Pema Tekchok Dorje spent about 20 million RMB extensively developing the monastery. He restructured the great shrine hall, built a school for young monks and a retreat center in the monastery, prayer wheel houses, stupas, billions of Mani stone inscriptions and so forth. After that Gar Khentul [holding both position of khenpo and tulku] Tubten Nyima was invited to the monastery in order to teach dharma during both the summer and winter teaching periods. His disciples realized that he has the supreme signs of a siddhi. He established a more reliable tradition of discipline for the monastery. At the moment, there are about one hundred and fifty monks in residence.
TIBETAN MEDICINE CLINIC
Dr. Tsulpo, the oldest brother of Tulku Lodoe, practices traditional Tibetan medicine in a small clinic attached to Chadongri Monastery. Dr. Tsulpo also offers meditation classes to the interested lay people of the region.
Economic weakness makes it very difficult for our educational institution to thrive. Thus, if we compare this monastery with other monasteries it has fallen behind in all respects. For a qualified monastery, the key points are Shedra and Drubdra. However, in Chadongri Monastery there are not only no Shedra and Chora [debating court in the monastery], but also a lack of housing for the monks. Tulku Lodoe Rinpoche has been given the responsibility to rebuild those areas for the monastery. Because of that, we would be very grateful for your financial and practical support for Tulku Lodoe Rinpoche.
The monastery will seek protection for those who help, in both this and future lives. For instance, that their wishes become successful in this life and that they will obtain liberation in a future life. Furthermore, the monastery will inscribe the names of important sponsors in the monastery’s records.