2nd Dzogchen Rinpoche

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Gyurme Thekchok Tenzin (b.?) was the 2nd Dzogchen Rinpoche of Tibet.

Dzogchen System of teachings central to Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism and Bon traditions

Dzogchen or "Great Perfection", Sanskrit: अतियोगatiyoga, is a tradition of teachings in Tibetan Buddhism aimed at discovering and continuing in the natural primordial state of being. It is a central teaching of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism and of Bon. In these traditions, Dzogchen is the highest and most definitive path of the nine vehicles to liberation.

Tibet Plateau region in Asia

Tibet is a region covering much of the Tibetan Plateau in Tibet Autonomous Region, China. It is the traditional homeland of the Tibetan people as well as some other ethnic groups such as Monpa, Tamang, Qiang, Sherpa, and Lhoba peoples and is now also inhabited by considerable numbers of Han Chinese and Hui people. Tibet is the highest region on Earth, with an average elevation of 5,000 m (16,000 ft). The highest elevation in Tibet is Mount Everest, Earth's highest mountain, rising 8,848 m (29,029 ft) above sea level.


Nomenclature and etymology

Full nomenclature: Gyurme Thekchok Tenzin Thutop Wangpo Chok Thamchele Nampar Gyalwe De.


The Second Dzogchen Rinpoche was born in Mongolia. [1]

Mongolia Landlocked country in East Asia

Mongolia is a landlocked country in East Asia. Its area is roughly equivalent with the historical territory of Outer Mongolia, and that term is sometimes used to refer to the current state. It is sandwiched between Russia to the north and China to the south, where it neighbours the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Mongolia does not share a border with Kazakhstan, although only 37 kilometres (23 mi) separates them.


The Second Dzogchen Rinpoche was a student of Ponlop (Tibetan; "governor"), Rabjampa and other disciples of the 1st Dzogchen Rinpoche, Pema Rikzin; namely: Gyalwang Kalzang Gyatso, Lochen Dharma Shri, Gyalse Peme Gyurme Gyatsho, Terchen Nyima Trakpa and son, Ngor Khenchen Palden Chokyong, amongst others. [1]

The 2nd Dzogchen Rinpoche was involved with: "...the establishment of the great treasury, the printing house at Lhundrup Teng in Derge, by his patron, the King of Derge." [1]


The 2nd Dzogchen Rinpoche is key in the lineage of a number of sadhana (Sanskrit): [1] Phurba Yangsang ("innermost secret practice of Vajrakilaya"), Lama Demchok Khorlo (Tibetan; Sanskrit: Chakrasamvara ), Shinje (Tibetan; Sanskrit: Yamantaka ), Trochu (Tibetan: Heruka ; "ten wrathful deities"), amongst others.

Lineage (Buddhism) Lines of transmission in different schools of Buddhism

A lineage in Buddhism is a line of transmission of the Buddhist teaching that is "theoretically traced back to the Buddha himself." The acknowledgement of the transmission can be oral, or certified in documents. Several branches of Buddhism, including Chan and Tibetan Buddhism maintain records of their historical teachers. These records serve as a validation for the living exponents of the tradition.

Vajrakilaya A tantric buddha within tibetan buddhism

Vajrakilaya or Vajrakumara — the wrathful heruka Vajrakilaya is the yidam deity who embodies the enlightened activity of all the buddhas and whose practice is famous for being the most powerful for removing obstacles, destroying the forces hostile to compassion and purifying the spiritual pollution so prevalent in this age. Vajrakilaya is one of the eight deities of Kagyé.

Yamantaka "lord of death" deity in Buddhism

Yamāntaka is the "lord of death" deity of Vajrayana Buddhism. Sometimes he is conceptualized as "conqueror of death". He belongs to the Anuttarayoga Tantra class of deities popular within the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism.


The 2nd Dzogchen Rinpoche's principal students were: "...the Second Rabjam Gyurme Kunzang Namgyal, Ponlop Sangngak Tendzin, Nyitrul Pema Thekchok, Jetsunma Migyur Paldron." [1]

See also


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 Kalzang, Tulku. "The Second through Fifth Dzogchen Rinpoches". Dzogchen Monastery. Archived from the original on 2001-02-21. Retrieved 2010-02-03. From Essential Summary of the Biographies of the Successive Reincarnations of Dzogchen Pema Rikzin (draft translation by the students of The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche 1998. Web version omits footnotes.)

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Tulku Kalzang. "The Second through Fifth Dzogchen Rinpoches." From: Essential Summary of the Biographies of the Successive Reincarnations of Dzogchen Pema Rikzin (draft translation by the students of The Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche 1998. Web version omits footnotes.)