• Update: March, 07, 2016

14.Jigme Gyalwe Nyuku


Jigme Gyalwe Nyuku was born in 1765. In the Dzachuka valley, he experienced unbearable urges as a child to go to a solitary place and devote himself to meditation. As a youth he made a pilgrimage to Samye and other holy places and received instructions on Dzogchen.During these he was overcome with revulsion for the lying and cursing practiced by laypeople. At Samye they met with the first Dodrupchen who advised them to see Jigme Lingpa. When they reached Tsering Jong and beheld Jigme Lingpa, Jigme Gyalwe Nyuku experienced incredible joy. They received empowerments, transmissions and detailed instructions on Dzogchen. In carrying out Jigme Lingpa’s instructions to visit the sacred mountain of Tsari and to meditate there, Gyalwe Nyuku suffered extreme hardships, but was sustained by the remembrance of his root teacher. During a six-month retreat, he realised the ultimate nature of mind through the blessing of the lama and the accomplishment of the Yidam. After several more retreats in east Tibet he returned to Tsering Jong and experienced once more the great joy of seeing the omniscient Jigme Lingpa, who invited him to stay for three years. He explained frankly that he had to go back home because of obligations. He returned to Kham and did many years retreat around Dzogchen Monastery and in Dzachuka and had many extraordinary experiences. As advised by Jigme Lingpa, he devoted the entire latter part of his life to teaching whoever came to listen, giving empowerments or meditation instructions to all who were devout and sincere. During this period, he gave Patrul Rinpoche teachings on the Ngondro of Longchen Nyingthig 25 times as well as the teachings on Tsalung and Dzogchen.