• Update: March, 07, 2016

16. Jamyang Khyentse Rinpoche


Jamyang Khyentse (1820-1892) is a great master of the last century. He was the last of the Five Great Tertons and was regarded as the combined reincarnation of Vimalamitra and King Trisong Deutsen. He became the master and teacher of all the Buddhist schools of Tibet and the founder of the Rimey movement. Jamyang means ´Manjushri, gentle melodiousness,´ Khyentse Wangpo means ´Lord of loving wisdom.He was born near Khyungchen Drak in a family of the Nyo clan from the village of Dilgo in the Terlung Valley of Derge amid wondrous signs, on the fifth day of the sixth month of the iron dragon year of the fourteenth rabjung (1820).  When he was a baby, he remembered his passed lives. Since then, he had visions of six armed Mahakala and Ekajati, a female protector who looked over him throughout his life. When he was a young boy, he had aspirations to become a monk. His wisdom and supreme intellect was incredible once he started learning. He started reading and writing without difficulty.  When he read texts, he could remember the meaning. When he was eight years old, he became very sick and had visions of Guru Rinpoche and his consort Yeshe Tsogyal. They gave him a Vajrakila initiation, instructions and blessings.  His obstacles were removed. At the age of 15, by vision he visited Bodhgaya Stupa with nine stories. He went up to the eighth floor where Manjushrimitra was surrounded by many texts. Khyentse Wangpo showed great respect and supplicated for teachings. Manjushrimitra then reached for a book to his left and placed it on Khyentse Wangpo’s head. This gave him the transmission of all the sutras.  Then again Manjushrimitra reached to a book on his right and placing it on Khyentse Wangpo’s head gave him general secret Vajrayana teachings as well as Dzogchen Desum, the three parts of Dzogchen. After, Manjushrimitra dissolved into light and merged with Khyentse Wangpo, who then sits in Samadhi. At the age of seventy-three, in the beginning of the first month of the Water Dragon year (1892), he said that he kept seeing Amitabha Buddha in the midst of an ocean of disciples. Then in the morning of the twenty-first of the second month, he washed his hands and said, “All my work is completed.”  Then, uttering many prayers of auspiciousness, he threw grain flowers which were a sign of completion. Later that day, he was withdrawn into the expanse of the Enlightened mind of Vimalamitra. In the surrounding land, there were mild earthquakes. Even after death, his face looked radiant like the face of the moon.  His body became very light as if it were made of cotton.