Questions & Answers
What is Buddha?
To learn about Buddha, first see the Dharma Path. Then download one of the chapters of "Entering the Conduct of the Bodhisattvas." Open the PDF file, and search for the term "Buddha."
What is Dharma?
To learn about Dharma, first see the Dharma Path. Then download one of the chapters of "Entering the Conduct of the Bodhisattvas." Open the PDF file, and search for the term "Dharma."
What is Sangha?
To learn about Sangha, first see the Dharma Path. Then download one of the chapters of "Entering the Conduct of the Bodhisattvas." Open the PDF file, and search for the term "Sangha."
What is Karma?
To learn about Karma, first see the Dharma Path. Then download one of the chapters of "Entering the Conduct of the Bodhisattvas." Open the PDF file, and search for the term "Karma."
What is Bodhicitta?
To learn about Bodhicitta, first see the Dharma Path. Then download one of the chapters of "Entering the Conduct of the Bodhisattvas." Open the PDF file, and search for the term "Bodhicitta."
What is the origin of the Dzogchen lineage?
The original Dzogchen lineage was transmitted from Dharmakaya Buddha Samantabhadra to Sambhogakaya Buddha Vajrasattva to Nirmanakaya Buddha Shakyamuni.
In 626 B.C.E. (2,627 years ago), our Supreme Teacher Shakyamuni was born in northern India, which is now part of southern Nepal. At the age of thirty-five, Shakyamuni attained Buddhahood in Bodhgaya, India and began to teach the dharma in this world. For the next forty-seven years the Buddha's teachings flourished throughout the universe and as a result many sentient being attained enlightenment. At the age of eighty-two, Buddha Shakyamuni passed into nirvana. Thereafter, the Buddha Shakyamuni manifested in two wisdom emanations. For more information see Dzogchen Lineage.
What is the history of the masters of the unbroken Dzogchen lineage?
Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche is a lineage holder of both the Dzogchen Khandro Nyingthig Lineage and the Longchen Nyingthig lineage.
Eight years after Buddha's Parinirvana, in 90 A.B.B. (After Buddha's Birth), the first emanation of the Buddha, Padmasambhava, came into this world and received the complete teaching from many enlightened masters. Padmasambhava taught the Dzogchen Khandro Nyingthig to numerous beings in India's eight great sacred places and China, and introduced and spread Buddhism throughout Tibet. His main disciple, the Dakini Yeshe Tsogyal, also taught the Dzogchen Khandro Nyingthig to many practitioners who achieved the enlightenment of Buddha. This tradition was handed down through the ages and later passed from Longchen Rabjam through to Dzogchen Padma Rigdzin. Today, the Dzogchen Khandro Nyingthig lineage lives in the heart of the Vajra master at Dzogchen monastery. Our master, the Great Natural Perfection Yogi Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche, is the twenty-fourth holder of the Dzogchen Khandro Nyingthig lineage.
Twenty-eight years after the Buddha's Parinirvana, in 110 A.B.B., the second emanation of the Buddha, Prahevajra (Garab Dorje), came into this world and received teachings directly from Sambhogakaya Buddha Vajrasattva. Prahevajra taught the Dzogchen Nyingthig to various beings for many years in India and in seventy-five sacred places of the dakinis. His main disciple was Manjushrimitra. Manjushrimitra's main disciple was the Great Dzogchen master Shri Singha, who still lives in an enlightened state in the Holy Dzogchen Valley. His main disciples were Jnanasutra. Jnanasutra in turn gave the Dzogchen teachings to Vimalamitra, who then taught them in Tibet for many years. Today the Dzogchen lineage lives in the hearts of the Vajra masters of the Dzogchen Shri Singha University. The great Natural Space Yogi Khenchen Padma Tsewang and Drubchen Chatral Chochyab are the thirty-second holders of the Dzogchen Longchen Nyingthig lineage. Today, our master, the Great Natural Space Yogi Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche, is the thirty-third holder of the Dzogchen Longchen Nyingthig lineage. For more information, see Dzogchen Masters.
Why is the Dzogchen area of Tibet considered to be sacred and unique?
According to history, highly accomplished practitioners such as Shri Singha, Padmasambhava, and Vimalamitra lived for many years in the Holy Dzogchen Area and hid many Dharma Treasures. Since then many practitioners in this holy place have attained Rainbow Body. The Holy Dzogchen Area is renowned as a natural sacred land. It is where the Siltrom Snow Mountains and Rudam Canyon are located. It is a place of spontaneous blessings of the mandala of the Buddhas and Dakinis, and it is also the natural charnel ground of the Herukas. We can see thousands of extremely amazing, miraculous reminders of the Dzogchen lineage masters in the Holy Dzogchen Area. For more information, see Dzogchen area.
Can modern day practitioners receive blessings from the Dzogchen lineage masters, even though they lived so many years ago?
Practitioners continue to receive the blessings of the Dzogchen Lineage up to this very day. In 1924 Khenchen Tsewang Rigdzin came to the Holy Dzogchen Area, met Vimalamitra, and directly received teachings and empowerments. He then meditated for many years and achieved high realization. Later, in 1958, while being taken to prison by the Chinese army, he flew into the sky and disappeared in front of everyone. In another instance, an ordinary Tibetan hunter, Sonam Namgyal, secretly practiced the Dzogchen Nyingthig for many years in the sacred Dzogchen area and, in 1952, attained Rainbow Body in front of thousands of people.
In 1977, our Master, Dzogchen Khenpo Choga Rinpoche received powerful blessings from Guru Padmasambhava and then in 1984, he received blessings several times from Shri Singha.
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