Taklung Setrung Rinpoche

The Nyingma sect – one of the oldest Buddhist sects – identified a boy from Himachal Pradesh’s Spiti as the reincarnation of the late Taklung Setrung Rinpoche.

Who was Taklung Setrung Rinpoche?

  • Taklung Setrung Rinpoche was a famous scholar known for his expertise in Tibetan Tantric School.
  • He was the Supreme Head of the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism.
  • He was born in 1926 in central Tibet near Yamdrok Lake. He was believed to be the reincarnation of the great master Ngok Chöku Dorje.
  • He was the head of the Dorje Drak affiliated Taklung Tse monastic center – a Tibetan Buddhist monastery and one of the Nyingma school’s “Six Mother Monasteries” in Tibet.
  • Rinpoche received the highest Dzogchen teachings from Polu Khenpo Dorje – the direct disciple of Khenpo Ngakchung.
  • He lived in exile in Shimla (Himachal Pradesh), and Ladakh (Jammu and Kashmir) and passed away on December 23, 2015.

About Nyingma Sect of Buddhism

  • The term “Nyingma” literally means old school. It is the oldest of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, with others being Kagyu, Sakya and Gelug.
  • The Nyingma was founded in the 8th century following the translations of Buddhist scriptures from Sanskrit into Tibetan during the reign of King Trisong Detsen.
  • Its teachings can be traced back to the first Buddha Samantabhadra and Indian mahasiddhas.
  • Its traditions were founded at Samye – Tibet’s first monastery. They are practiced under the Vajrayana School of Buddhism.
  • The followers of Nyingma Sect are currently spread across Tibet, Bhutan, Ladakh, Sikkim and other Himalayan regions.

Vajrayana School of Buddhism

Vajrayana School of Buddhism was developed in India and its neighboring countries, especially in Tibet. It is prominent mainly in Himalayan nations of Bhutan, Nepal Tibet and Mongolia.  This school of tantric Buddhism is part of Mahayana Buddhism. Its name is derived from the Sanskrit term Vajra, which translates to diamond or the thunderbolt.

Followers of Vajrayana Buddhism believe that it is possible to reach enlightenment in a single lifetime instead of practicing ethics, morality, compassion and meditation through many lives.

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