My First Guru in New Jersey
When I was 7 years old I was taken to New Jersey, USA. That was in 1972.
In 1971, the great Sera Mey Kensur Rinpoche Lobsang Tharchin arrived and was residing 10 minutes away from me.
I started receiving teachings from him. I found out that he had met Pabongka Rinpoche in Tibet and received teachings. Kensur Rinpoche was a very devoted disciple of Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche and Zong Rinpoche. And also was a great Abbot of Sera Mey Monastery who uplifted the educational standard of the whole monastery and paid off all their huge loans during his tenure. Sera Mey respects him tremendously.
I took my refuge vows and first initiations from this great master while in New Jersey.
What are the chances that I end up in faraway distant America and ten mins away is one of the greatest living masters of this century. I believed I collected very good merits from my previous life to be able to live so near a great master like this.
In the 1970’s USA, the Dharma was not very mainstream and teachers were very rare. So how lucky was I??? I always rejoice in this fact.
And amazed at my good fortune! Really I do.
When i received my initiations from Kensur Lobsang Tharchin, I determined to do the sadhanas and practices and up till now I have. I am forever grateful to him.
When I entered Gaden and was going to be a monk, Kensur Lobsang Tharchin was very pleased and gave me a big smile and said I was doing the right thing. Wow. He said I was doing the right thing. You wouldn’t know how much his words gave me great bliss. I trusted him fully.
When I met Zong Rinpoche later, I asked Kensur Lobsang Tharchin’s permission to study with him as Kensur Rinpoche was my first guru and I must have his permission. I had to move to California and hence couldn’t be with Kensur Lobsang Tharchin anymore. I left New Jersey at 16 and went to California because my step parents and I didn’t have karma to be together.
Kensur Lobsang Tharchin again was very pleased and granted his permission when I called him from California. If he didn’t, I would definitely not have gone.
When I arrived in Gaden and was very poor and had very little food to eat. I wrote relatives, parents and other ppl, but no one helped at all. I asked Kensur Lobsang Tharchin and he immediately arranged for one of his students to send me US$50 per month. Which at that time was more than enough for me to survive and be ok in Gaden.
I owe so much to this great master. As a child I would try to visit him as often as possible in New Jersey, but I was deathly afraid of him. I saw him as an enlightened being and I was just a cockroach or a nothing and felt so scared to disturb him.
I remember him fondly and miss him very much. I wish so much he was still here with us, as I would love to invite him to Kechara House to turn the wheel of dharma and bestow empowerments.
I trust him so much and tears stream down my face as I write this. I love Kensur Lobsang Tharchin so much and have tremendous faith in him. I always will. I hope one day I can benefit ppl like he did and gain the attainments that he definitely had.
He was a grand master of Sutra and Tantra. And he spoke wonderful English. But his specialty was the Lady Vajra Yogini. He is definitely one with Her. I am more fortunate to have met him than Lady Vajra Yogini Herself. I am sure She will understand why I say that.
I prostrate myself on the ground fully to you, Great Kensur Rinpoche Jetsun Lobsang Tharchin Pelsangpo and humbly ask you to bless my wild mindstream to think of others more than myself…
The immaculate incarnation of Kensur Jetsun Lobsang Tharchin has been found and recognized by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. His name is Tenzin Namdrol and is four years old and found in Mundgod, South India. He will be escorted to Gyalrong Khangtsen in Sera Mey (Bylakuppe-12 hours by car from Mundgod in South India) to be enthroned. My precious first guru is back!! I have never doubted him in any way, but seeing his precious incarnation again shows his great compassion to continue his works. I pray for his long life, and excellent activities to continue. His previous incarnation was a great master, lineage holder and accomplished Vajra Yogini Mahasiddha who was a direct disciple of the Incomparable Kyabje Pabongka Dorje Chang. I bow my head to the feet of this illustrious Choktrul Tenzin Namdrol.
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