A Life Devoted to Dharma Activity Tarthang Tulku, also known as Kunga Gellek Yeshe Dorje, was born in Golok, Eastern Tibet, in 1935. Thoroughly trained by traditional masters, he went into exile in 1958. After a short stay at the Young Lamas Home School in Dalhousie, he was asked by H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche to represent the Nyingma School at Sanskrit University in Varanasi. There he established Dharma Mudranalaya to print Tibetan Buddhist texts. In 1968 he left India for the United States, becoming...See more
A Life Devoted to Dharma Activity Tarthang Tulku, also known as Kunga Gellek Yeshe Dorje, was born in Golok, Eastern Tibet, in 1935. Thoroughly trained by traditional masters, he went into exile in 1958. After a short stay at the Young Lamas Home School in Dalhousie, he was asked by H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche to represent the Nyingma School at Sanskrit University in Varanasi. There he established Dharma Mudranalaya to print Tibetan Buddhist texts. In 1968 he left India for the United States, becoming the first Nyingma lama in America. In 1969, Rinpoche founded the Tibetan Nyingma Meditation Center (TNMC), a California corporation sole, as the nucleus of his activities. He established Padma Ling as a residential center, and in 1972-73 founded the Nyingma Institute, where he taught publicly until 1978. During these years he published the first of his 34 books in English to aid students in their study. He also founded the Tibet-an Aid Project to support Tibetans in exile; Dharma Press and Dhar-ma Publishing, which have now printed and produced hundreds of art reproductions and more than 130 books in Western languages; Nyingma Centers, to guide the growth of four international centers; and Odiyan Country Center, a mandala of temples, stupas, and libraries, including Vajra Temple, Cintamani Temple, the Enlightenment Stupa, and Vairocana Garden; Ratna Ling Retreat Center, established in 2004 as an adjunct to Odiyan, offers retreats to the general public. In 1981, Rinpoche published the Nyingma Edition of the Tibetan Buddhist Canon in 120 atlas-sized volumes, followed by an eight-volume Catalogue and Bibliography. The Yeshe De Text Project, founded in 1983, produced Great Treasures of Ancient Teachings in 641 volumes and has printed and distributed to the Tibetan community over five million books, including five versions of the Kanjur and three versions of the Tanjur. In its latest edition, the Yeshe De Kanjur is the most comprehensive collection ever assembled and includes 12 historically significant karchags or catalogs. Yeshe De is currently producing the rarest and comprehensive collection of Nyingma Tantras ever compiled, in 150 volumes. In 1989 Rinpoche founded the Nyingma Monlam Chenmo (World Peace Ceremony) in Bodh Gaya, where 8 -10,000 lamas, monks, and nuns gather annually. He also provided seed money to initiate the Kagyu, Sakya and Gelug Monlams. Since 1989, 5 million sacred books, 3.25 million sacred art images, and 176,250 prayer wheels have been distributed to more than 3,300 Dharma centers in India, Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet. A total of 66,285 copies of the precious 8,000-line Prajnaparamita including this year's offering to the 2017 Monlam of 414 engraved granite plaques in Sanskrit, Tibetan and English, 100 decorative victory banners and six important editions in large poti format have been offered to the Sangha. Other offerings for Bodh Gaya include six butter lamp houses, 152 prayer wheels, 158 golden lhantsa, and Tibetan Prajnaparamita plaques, support towards the restoration the Mahabodhi Temple spire, site beautification, and year-round offerings of butter lamps. In 2002 he founded the Light of Buddhadharma Foundation to support annual Tipitaka Chanting Ceremonies by the Theravadin Sangha, both in Bodh Gaya and around the world; representatives from 12 countries now participate. Rinpoche's centers have installed sixteen 21/2 ton World Peace Bells at holy places, and have supported renovation projects at sacred sites, including the historic renovation of the Swayambhu Stupa in Nepal. In 2005 Mangalam Light Foundation was established; operating through Ananda, Prajna, and Vajra Light Foundations, its mission is to revive, preserve, and support the heritage of the Buddha... See less
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