Master: Chhimed Rigdzin Rinpoche (1922-2002) †
Organisation: The Chhimed Rigdzin Society- Khordong Bhayngter Monastery
Chime Rigdzin Rinpoche, the incarnation of the Terton Nuden Dorje and Shariputra, passed away into nirvana. He was recognized by the 13th Dalai Lama, Sakya Gongma and Minling Trichen.At seven years old, Rinpoche already discovered terma hidden by Padmasambhava. Rinpoche received years of training, and was renowned for his dharma efforts and powerful abilities.In the West, Rinpoche has taught in Europe and guided many dharma students.
Lineage:H.H. Khordong Terchen Tulku Chhimed Rigdzin Rinpoche is the traditional holder of the Khordong lineage. The Khordong monastery (Gompa) was founded in Kham, Trehor (East Tibet) by Sherab Mebar who was a disciple of the fifth Dalai Lama. Most of the terma of the Khordong tradition were found in the 19th century by Khordong Terchen Nudan Dorje Drophan Lingpa Drolo Tsal. He was recognised as the incarnation of Khyechung Lotsawa, a direct disciple of Padmasambhava. Nudan Dorje lived for most of his life in East Tibet, and his later years at the Khordong Gompa. Chhimed Rigdzin was the present incarnation of Nudan Dorje after Kalden Lingpa.
Biography: Born in 1922 in the Kham Region of Tibet. When he was 4 years old, several lamas, including the Thirteenth Dalai Lama, Minling Trichin and Sakya Trinzin confirmed him to be the fourth incarnation of the great Tertön Nuden Dorje Dropen Lingpa. Chimé Rigdzin Rinpoche was enthroned at Khordong Monastery in Kham, Tibet at the age of 4. He was educated in mandala design, grammar, philosophy and tantra. At the age of 7 he began to display many miracles. It is said, that he left footprints in a rock and crushed a rock with his bare hand. Also at 7 he discovered his first Terma. He completed his education at the age of 19 with the degree of Dorje Lopön Chenpo (Mahavajracharya). Then, on the advice of his guru Tulku Tsullo, he left the monastery to enter into the traditional three-year retreat at Tso Pema. Following that he visited all the Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Tibet, Sikkim, Bhutan and India as monk and wandering ngakpa. From 1954 to 1987 Rinpoche was Head of the Department for Indo-Tibetan studies at the Visvabharati University at Santiniketan in West Bengal, India. In the late 50’s he was invited by Professor Tucci to teach in Rome. During that time he met H.H. Pope John XXIII. In the following year he was invited to teach at the University of Munich by Prof. Hofmann. During his journey to Tibet in 1985 he became known as the Rainbow Lama, because wherever he went rainbows would appear in the sky. The Mahabodhi Society of India awarded him the honorary title of Bodhisattva for his meritorious activities and for spreading the Dharma.
Since his retirement in 1987, Rinpoche regularly visited Europe, where he guided a small but devoted group of pupils. Rinpoche was considered to be the mind emanation of Padmasambhava.
His Holiness Khordong Terchen Tulku Chhimed Rigdzin Rinpoche died at the age of almost 80 years in Shivmandir, West Bengal, India while staying with his family.
There are several centers of Khordong Bhayngter located throughout the world. The main seat of Khordong Chhimed Rigdzin Rinpoche is in Darjeeling, India.
Khordong Bhayngter Monastery
Dhansara Village, P.O Ranidanga 734012
District Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.