The 12th Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa
Kenting Tai Situpa was taken to Palpung monastery and at eighteen months was enthroned there by the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa. Also present was the King of Derge with his ministers, representatives of His Holiness Dalai Lama, many Kagyu Rinpoches and representatives of China. At that time it was acknowledged that he clearly recognized his old attendants and disciples.
At the age of five Kenting Tai Situpa went to Tsurphu, where, for the first time, assisted by the 9th Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche, he performed the ceremony of the Red Vajra Crown at the chamber of His Holiness 16th Karmapa. At the age of six, due to the political conditions and on the advice of the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, he left Tibet, traveling first to Bhutan, and later joining the Gyalwa Karmapa in Rumtek Monastery, Sikkim, India.
Kenting Tai Situpa received all the transmissions of the lineage from his Vajradhara, His Holiness 16th Gyalwa Karmapa. He also received pith instructions from the 9th Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Kalu Rinpoche and Saljay Rinpoche. Much of his philosophical training he received from the Very Venerable Thrangu Rinpoche, the late Drikung Khenpo Konchok and the late Khenpo Khedup, among others.
In the winter of 1984 Rinpoche made his first return trip to Tibet. “It was a completely non-political religious trip,” he emphasized, “prompted by the spiritual needs of the people.” He was invited to an enormous number of monasteries of all traditions, where he gave teachings and empowerments, one of which was at Palpung monastery and attended by many thousands of people—which is astonishing given its remoteness.
In 1989 he led the Pilgrimage for Active Peace to inspire people to take an active involvement in world peace.
He returned again to Tibet in 1991 where he ordained more than 1200 monks and nuns and transmitted a series of empowerments that were attended by over 65 reincarnate lamas, an estimated 5000 ordained sangha from 92 monasteries and countless lay people.
His root teacher, the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, passed away in 1981 and on 25 June 1985 took birth into a nomad family in Eastern Tibet. In 1992, following traditional methods, the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, was recognized according to the prediction letter left by the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa and entrusted to the 12th Kenting Tai Situpa. This was also confirmed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and the Karmapa was soon after enthroned at Tsurphu monastery in Tibet by the 12th Kenting Tai Situpa, joined by His Eminence Goshri Gyaltsab Rinpoche.
Since the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa's daring escape from his monastery in Tibet in January 2000 Kenting Tai Situpa is now guiding Karmapa’s spiritual training and giving him all the transmissions of the Mahamudra Lineage.
The present Kenting Tai Situpa continues the traditions of the profound unbroken practice lineage of the Tai Situpas and as a renowned Buddhist teacher is training the next generation of Buddhist masters. As a highly sought after Buddhist master he tours widely giving teachings and empowerments at the request of monasteries and dharma centers. On a more personal level, the present Tai Situpa is a scholar, poet, calligrapher, artist, author, architect and geomancer.
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