The First Kyabje Dorzong Rinpoche, Konchok
Gyalpo was a Meditation Master as well as an outstanding scholar
in philosophy the sutras and tantras. He was deeply learned
in the Tibetan sciences and poetry.
He traveled widely, having journeyed
as far as Swat, taking in the pilgrimage places of central
and North India, Sikkim and Nepal, where many spontaneous
miracles marked his passing by. Once near Patna, he was waylaid
by robbers who assumed every pilgrim from Tibet was carrying
gold to make offerings. When they tried to decapitate him
the swords heavy blade bounced off his neck; and when
they searched him they discovered he was a mendicant pilgrim
with no possessions. When he came back from India, at the
request of His Holiness Sakya Dagchen Amen, he wrote down an account
of his travels, which was of great interest to later Tibetan
scholars. He was advised by his teacher The First Kyabje Drukpa Yongdzin Rinpoche Lhatsewa Ngawang Zangpo
to go into China where he would be of great benefit to many
people and would establish long-lasting connections. On his
way to China, while passing through Kham, Western Tibet, Konchok
Gyalpo and his companions were waylaid by nine bandits
called Rekhe Chisoh.
|The first Kyabje Dorzong Rinpoche, Konchok Gyalpo
| the Eighth Kyabje Dorzong Rinpoche - Kalimpong (1958)
They set about trying to kill
the lama and rob the group, but the lama displayed some miracles.
When they stabbed him with a knife it went through his body,
like a rainbow. And when they flung him from a high cliff,
the fast-flowing river below swept him back onto the cliffs
edge where he sat quietly in meditation. After witnessing
this phenomena twice, the bandits were overwhelmed with devotion
for him and requested him to go to Rongmi with them and settle
in the region. He replied that he had to leave for China on
his lamas instructions. As well as making persisting
entreaties, the bandit converts threatened to commit suicide
if Konchok Gyalpo deserted them. Believing they would carry
out their threat, which would be a heavy sin for him, he reluctantly
went on to Rongmi. This became an obstacle to his successful
path in helping people in China, according to his lamas
instructions. At a place called Dorje Dzong (the Vajra Fort)
in Rongmi district, he established his monastery at the request
of local inhabitants. There he spent the rest of his life
in meditation, teaching and practising. His eight chief disciples
established eight branch monasteries in his lifetime. The
name of the Dorzong Rinpoche's and the monastery were taken
from the name of this region.
For their manifestation of compassion,
realization and nobility, the successive reincarnations of
Kyabje Dorzong Rinpoche were like a precious rosary of pearls
because each one had the same perfect qualities as the others.
They held the teachings of realization as the sun holds its
brilliance, without any stains.
From that day up to the present there have been many excellent
disciples who were highly realized masters, through whom innumerable
Drukpa Kagyu practitioners, in Rongmi and Gon Jo regions of
Kham, Tibet, became ripened and realized.
Khamtrul Rinpoche and Kyabje Dorzong Rinpoche were popularly known
as the sun and moon among the stars, referring to the other
Drukpa Kagyu lamas of Kham.