The Second Gemang Rinpoche


Thubwang Tenpe Nyima was born in Lhasa into a high-ranking noble family. The Fourth Dzogchen Rinpoche recognized him as the second Gemang Rinpoche and invited him to Dzogchen Monastery and he was enthroned there. From a young age his heart was moistened by great compassion and he was naturally endowed with the qualities of the Noble Ones. Having revered as the ornaments of the crown of his head more than ten spiritual guides, chiefly the principal heart-son of his previous incarnation, Patrul Rinpoche, and the Great Abbot Pema Dorje, he brought to completion his studies of the ordinary outer fields of knowledge and the Five Great Treatises. In particular, he received all the empowerments, oral transmissions, and quintessential instructions of the Kama and the Old and New Termas without exception, in the manner of filling a vase with water. Through practice, he brought these to fruition. When he was 20, he received full ordination as a monk from the Great Abbot Pema Dorje. He kept even the most minor precepts perfectly and upheld the Vinaya as the crown of the Buddha’s Teaching, becoming an important holder of the Nyingma lineage of the Pratimoksha Sutra, which is unbroken to this day. When he was about 25, he entered into lifetime retreat in order to earnestly practice the Generation and Completion Stages and Dzogchen. He was renowned for bestowing blessings and offering prayers from behind a curtain for those who came from all over to meet him and request a Dharma connection. With all of the wealth offered to him by the faithful he commissioned more than 100 gold and copper statues and thankas, as well as countless numbers of various scripture volumes written in gold and woodblocks for printing. In particular, on the basis of heartfelt wishes, he requested Mipham Rinpoche to edit the Collected Works of Rongzompa and Longchenpa and have the woodblocks for their printing carved. As a great siddha, he was able to benefit sentient beings with his enlightened awareness. After decades in solitary retreat, he blissfully entered parinirvana.