Tseten Zhabdrung, 6th

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Wylie tshe tan zhabs drung 'jigs med rigs pa'i blo gros
Other names
  • ཨཱ་ལགས་ཚེ་ཏན་ཞབས་དྲུང་འཇིགས་མེད་རིགས་པའི་བློ་གྲོས་
  • ཚེ་ཏན་ཞབས་དྲུང་
  • འཇིགས་མེད་རིགས་པའི་བློ་གྲོས་
  • ཞབས་དྲུང་དྲུག་པ་
  • A lags tshe tan zhabs drung 'jigs med rigs pa'i blo gros
  • tshe tan zhabs drung
  • 'jigs med rigs pa'i blo gros
  • tshe tan zhabs drung 06 'jigs med rigs pa'i blo gros
Alternate names
  • Alak Tseten Zhabdrung Jigme Rigpai Lodro
  • Alak Tseten
  • Jigme Rigpai Lodro
  • The Sixth Tseten Zhabdrung
  • Jigme Rigpay Lodro
  • Tseten Shabdrung
  • Sixth Tsten Zhabdrung
  • Tshe tan Zhabs drung
Dates
Birth:   1910/05/31
Death:   1985
Place of birth:   Yadzi (ya rdzi), is more commonly known today by its Chinese name, Jishi Town (Jishi zhen 积石镇) in today's Xunhua Salar Autonomous County of Qinghai Province.


Tibetan calendar dates

About
Religious Affiliation
Geluk
Teachers
[[*Giteng Lobzang Pelden (sgis steng blo bzang dpal ldan, 1880/1-1944), also known as Yongdzin Paṇḍita (yongs 'dzin paNDi ta)
  • Jigme Damcho Gyatso ('jigs med dam chos rgya mtsho), a.k.a. Marnang Dorjechang (mar nang rdo rje 'chang, 1898-1946)]]

Biographical information

1978-1980s - Professor at Northwest Minorities University in Lanzhou, Gansu Province.

Key Works:

Treasury of Lives: Jigme Rigpai Lodro ('jigs med rigs pa'i blo gros), the Sixth Tseten Zhabdrung (tshe tan zhabs drung), was born on May 31, 1910, the twenty-second day of the fourth month of the iron dog year in the fifteenth rab byung cycle. He was the second youngest of eight children born to his father Yang Cai, whose Tibetan name was Lobzang Tashi (blo bzang bkra shis), and his mother, Lhamotar (lha mo thar). His birthplace, Yadzi (ya rdzi), is more commonly known today by its Chinese name, Jishi Town (Jishi zhen 积石镇) in today's Xunhua Salar Autonomous County of Qinghai Province. Although his patrilineal descent was Chinese, in his autobiography, Tseten Zhabdrung stated, “Starting with my father's generation , my ancestry is a mix of Chinese and Tibetan ethnicity; but if I base my own ethnicity on written and spoken language, habits and residence, then I am exclusively Tibetan.” At age two, he was recognized by Amdo Zhamar Paṇḍita Gendun Tendzin Gyatso (a mdo zhwa dmar paNDita dge 'dun bstan 'dzin rgya mtsho, 1852-1912) of Ditsa Monastery (lde tsha) as the reincarnation of the Fifth Tseten Zhabdrung (tshe tan zhabs drung 05). He had been called “the grandson of Tsering Dondrub (tshe ring don grub) ” until this time, when he was given the name Lobzang Chopel (blo bzang chos 'phel) by a Rebkong Nyingma lama called Alak Namkha Tshang (a lags nam mkha' tshang).

Since the late seventheenth century, the Tseten Zhabdrung incarnations shared the throne of the Six Garwaka monasteries (sgar ba kha drug) with the lineage of Tseten Abbots (tshe tan mkhan po), while Tseten Zhabdrung also had his own monastic seat at Tak (stag) Monastery. Beginning with age six, Tseten Zhabdrung Jigme Rigpai Lodro took up his seats at these monasteries.

Tak Monastery was moved to its current location at Dajiayan near the village of Shidacang to the east of the Hualong County seat of Bayan in the early 1990s under the direction of Shardong Lobzang Shedrub Gyatso (shar gdong blo bzang bshad sgrub rgya mtsho, 1922-2001/2). The Six Garwaka are now located in far eastern Hualong (in Jinyuan township) and western Minhe counties of Qinghai Province. The main mother monastery is Tseten Monastery (tshe tan; Ch: Xing'er 杏儿 or Caidan 才旦). Tuwa Monastery (mthu ba; Ch: Tuwa 土哇) historically a retreat center also became a small printing house under the leadership of Tseten Zhabdrung Jigme Rigpai Lodro in the 1930s. Dentik Monastery (dan tig; Ch: Dandou 丹斗) is historically the most important of the six monasteries as this is where Gongpa Rabsal (dgongs pa rab gsal, 953-1035) took his monastic vows in the late 10th century, a marker of the Tibetan Buddhist historical period known as the second propagation of the dharma. The three other monasteries are: Chenpuk (gcan phug; Ch: Zhaomuchuan 赵木川), Katung (ka thung; Ch: Gadong 尕洞), and Gongkya (kong skya; Ch: Gongshenjia 工什加).

Alak Tseten Zhabdrung Jigme Rigpai Lodro's two main teachers were Giteng Lobzang Pelden (sgis steng blo bzang dpal ldan, 1880/1-1944), also known as Yongdzin Paṇḍita (yongs 'dzin paNDi ta) and Jigme Damcho Gyatso ('jigs med dam chos rgya mtsho), a.k.a. Marnang Dorjechang (mar nang rdo rje 'chang, 1898-1946). In 1915, at age five, Tseten Zhabdrung Jigme Rigpai Lodro and the Eighth Tseten Abbot Jigme Rigpai Nyingpo ('jigs med rigs pa'i snying po, 1910-1958) became “vajra brothers” after they received their first tantric initiations on the single deity form of Yamāntaka from Jigme Damcho Gyatso. At age six, Tseten Zhabdrung received the initiate monastic vows from the Fifth Seri Maṇipa Gendun Tendzin Gyeltsen (gser ri'i na Ni pa dge 'dun bstan 'dzin rgyal mtshan, 1896-1944) at Tuwa Monastery, and was given the name Gendun Shedrup Gyatso (dge 'dun bshad sgrub rgya mtsho). Soon after that he learned to read with his paternal second cousin Ngawang Chodzin Pelzangpo (ngag dbang chos 'dzin dpal bzang po), a fully ordained monk at Ditsa Monastery.

At the same time, the young Tseten Zhabdrung began to study sections of liturgical texts such as Guru Puja (bla ma mchod pa) with Geshe Lobzang Dawa (dge bshes blo bzang zla ba). In 1918, his father succumbed to illness, and he returned to his family home in Xunhua for a short time. After returning to Tuwa Monastery in the same year, he committed to memory Maitreya's Ornament of Clear Realizations (mngon par rtogs pa'i rgyan) and Candrakīrti's Introduction to the Middle Way (dbu ma la 'jug pa). In 1920 at age ten, he began to study The Collected Topics (bsdus sgrwa). In the same year, he met Giteng Rinpoche for the first time and received from him teachings on Three Principle Aspects of the Path (lam gtso) and tantric initiations on the Collected Mantras of Cakrasaṃvara (bde mchog sngags btu) and the Thirteen Forms of Mahākāla's Speech (mgon bka' bcu gsum).

When Tseten Zhabdrung reached the age of thirteen, in 1923, he requested to finish his monastic studies with Jigme Damcho Gyatso who promptly brought him before Giteng Rinpoche. At this time, Giteng Rinpoche instructed them both on the foundation of Tibetan classical poetry using the Fifth Dalai Lama's commentary to the Kāvyādarśa called Songs of Sarasvatī (dbyangs can dgyes glu), and by looking at examples of kāvya by Bokepa Mipam Gelek Namgyel (bod mkhas pa mi pham dge legs rnam rgyal, 1618-1685) and Amdo Zhamar Paṇḍita. Tseten Zhabdrung was to become one of the true masters of Tibetan poetics in the 20th century. In 1928, the earth dragon year, Tseten Zhabdrung took full vows and received the ordination name Jigme Rigpai Lodro in the presence of his two main teachers.

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Links
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https://www.tbrc.org/#!rid=P1646
Treasury of Lives Link
http://treasuryoflives.org/biographies/view/Jigme-Rigpai-Lodro/2948
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