His Holiness Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche

Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche was the recognized reincarnation of Lerab Lingpa, a teacher of the Thirteenth Dalai Lama.  He became one of the most influential masters of recent times, and was responsible for reviving Buddhism in many areas of Tibet.

His Holiness Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche

In 1980 he founded Larung Gar, a cluster of earthen walled meditation huts in a remote valley of Eastern Tibet. It soon attracted many practitioners far and wide, and quickly grew into the largest Buddhist institute in the world, a place of scholarship and practice for over ten thousand monks, nuns, and lay people.


Just like his previous incarnation of Lerab Lingpa, he too was a well known terton, a revealer of spiritual treasures. On occasions, where certain teachings are concerned, Guru Rinpoche and other masters deliberately withheld their full transmissions, as they would have been misunderstood, trivialized, dismissed, diluted, lost, or destroyed, by other people or cultures that were present during those times.


To protect and pass on these teachings for the benefit of future generations, they hid them in many different kinds of places, and were known as termas, or hidden treasures.

Lerab Lingpa

In the eighth century, Guru Rinpoche predicted that they will be discovered at the appropriate times by certain masters, known as tertons, who have the connection and ability to find them. Jigme Phuntsok Rinpoche was one such terton, and found a number of important termas throughout Tibet, India, China, Bhutan, and Nepal.


He was a great teacher also, and personally supervised Chamtrul Rinpoche's education in the traditional fields of a Buddhist scholar. Chamtrul Rinpoche was a heart student of his.

 


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