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མི་འདོད་སྤྲིན་ནག་འཐུག་པོ་རབ་བཅིལ་ནས། མངོན་འདོད་ལྷག་བསམ་བཟང་པོའི་པད་རྫིང་ལས།
Having driven away the unfavorable thick storm of obstacles, The lotus ponds shine with admirably superior aspirations,

རབ་འཁྲུངས་ཀུ་མུད་ལྟར་བཞད་ཀརྨ་པ། མཐའ་ཡས་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཨོ་རྒྱན་འཕྲིན་ལས་བསྔགས།
Karmapas blooming like beautiful lily, I praise with respect Thaye Dorje and Ogyen Trinley.


རབ་འབྱམས་ཞིང་གི་རྒྱལ་བའི་ཡུམ་གཅིག་མ། བརྒྱད་གཉིས་ལང་ཚོའི་དཔལ་མངའ་ཐུགས་རྗེའི་གཏེར།
The only mother of infinite land of all glorious Buddha, Possessing treasure of compassion and double eight youthful mien,

བཅོམ་ལྡན་འདས་མ་འགྲོ་བའི་སྐྱབས་དང་མགོན། ཨརྱ་ཏཱ་རེ་ཁྱེད་ལ་སྙིང་ནས་གུས།
Bhagawat, You are the lord and refuge to all living beings, Heartiest respect to you Noble Tara.


ཆོས་ནོར་འདོད་རྒུའི་གཏེར་འཆང་རྨུག་འཛིན་དབང་། འགྲོ་བའི་དབུལ་བ་སེལ་བའི་ཡིད་བཞིན་ནོར།
Lord of Wealth who holds the treasure of dharma and riches, Wish Fulfilling Gem that eliminates poverty of sentient beings,

གང་ཞིག་འདུན་པ་བཟང་པོའི་མཚམས་སྦྱར་ནས། ཁྱོད་ཉིད་བརྟེན་པས་དོན་ཀུན་ལྷུན་གྱིས་འགྲུབ།།
Whoever engages the Sovereign with proper motivation and intention, Fulfills all wishes by relying on him.

སྙིང་རྗེས་དང་དུ་བླང་པའི་ཟང་ཟིང་སྦྱིན། གཞན་དོན་གཙོ་བོར་འཛིན་པའི་སྐྱབས་ཀྱི་སྦྱིན།
Generosity developed via giving materials with love and compassion, Generosity developed via giving protection is of great importance of others,

སྡུག་བསྔལ་དྲུང་ནས་འབྱིན་བྱེད་ཆོས་ཀྱི་སྦྱིན། འཁོར་གསུམ་ལས་འདས་སྦྱིན་པའི་ཕར་ཕྱིན་མཆོག
Generosity developed via giving dharma to cut the root of samsaric sufferings, And the supreme generosity of knowing the three seals (subject, object and action) of emptiness that becomes perfection of generosity (dana paramita).

གཞན་སེམས་དཀྲུགས་པར་བྱེད་པའི་ཆགས་སྡང་དང་། གཞན་མགོ་བསྐོར་བའི་ཚུལ་འཆོས་སྣ་ཚོགས་དང་།
Disturbing the minds of others with attachment and aversion, Fooling others with pretence of virtue,

གཞན་ནོར་བསླུ་བའི་ཁ་གསག་གཏམ་སྙན་རྣམས། གཞན་དོན་ཐར་པའི་བགེགས་ལས་མཐུན་རྐྱེན་མིན།
Getting wealth of others through flatteries, These are not favorable for liberation to benefit others but obstacles to oneself.

དགའ་བ་སྟོང་གི་འབྱུང་གནས་ས་གསུམ་མགོན། ཡུད་ཙམ་མཇལ་བས་དལ་འབྱོར་དོན་ཡོད་བྱེད།
The lord of three realms and the source of immeasurable joy, Become meaningful by the mere glimpse of you,

མཐའ་ཡས་འགྲོ་བའི་མར་གྱུར་ཀརྨ་པ། མི་ཤིགས་རྡོ་རྗེའི་ངོ་བོར་འཚོ་བཞེས་གསོལ།
Karmapa who is the mother of infinite sentient beings, May you remain like a indestructible vajra.


སྨྲ་བརྗོད་དབང་ཤེས་མཆོག་ལྡན་མི་ལུས་འདིས། ལོག་རྟོག་ལས་བསྐྱེད་ཕུངས་ཁྲོལ་འབྱུང་བ་མང་།
The human body possessing perfect senses with the ability to communicate, Also has the ability to create many misunderstandings and troubles ensue,

གླེན་ལྐུག་དུད་འགྲོ་སྨྲ་བརྗོད་ཀྱིས་ཕོངས་ཀྱང་། རང་རིག་ཕན་ཚུན་གོ་ནོར་ཆུང་ཞིང་མཐུན།
Yet animals lacking in proper human speech and understanding, Get along splendidly with their own communities with little conflicts.

དགེ་བར་གོམ་པའི་བག་ཆགས་མཐུ་ཞན་ཅིང་། ལྟར་སྣང་ཙམ་ལས་མ་བཅོས་དག་སྣང་ཆུང་།
Weak habitual tendency of virtuous thoughts and actions, Lesser pure perceptions albeit superficially,

གནས་སྐབས་རྐྱེན་གྱིས་འགྱུར་བ་མཇའ་ཚོན་བཞིན། མིན་པར་བློ་སྣ་ཆོས་སུ་ཕྱོགས་པར་ཤོག།
Like a rainbow when conditions changes, May we completely turn our minds towards dharma without such defects.


The Second Shangpa Rinpoche

Jangchub Choeling Monastery
Vikrama Shila Buddhist Institute
Karma Ngedon Palbar Ling Retreat Center
Karma Ngedon Palbar Ling Retreat Center
Tharpa Choeling Nunnery
Drubgyud Choeling Monastery
Kagyu Institute of Buddhist Studies
Jangchub Choeling Monastery
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 Fig 5. Young Shangpa Rinpoche with the late Dupsing Rinpoche

In 1976, at the age of 19, Shangpa Rinpoche lost his personal tutor, Venerable Dupsing Rinpoche, the founder and abbot of Jangchub Choeling Monastery in Pokhara. His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa instructed Shangpa Rinpoche to succeed as the abbot of the Monastery. This ascension marked Rinpoche's continuation of the noble aspirations of his late teacher. Motivated by his deep devotion to his guru and with the blessings from His Holiness, there has not been a day in the past 30 years when Shangpa Rinpoche has not worked for the betterment of Jangchub Choeling Monastery.

Shangpa Rinpoche has also undertaken many projects elsewhere in his ceaseless efforts to benefit all sentient beings. Some of these projects were a continuation of efforts from his previous life. Others are initiated during by the present incarnation. Shangpa Rinpoche first set foot in Singapore in 1982. Upon the request of His Holiness the 14th Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche, Rinpoche became the spiritual teacher and advisor of the Karma Kagyud Buddhist Centre in Singapore. Besides advising the followers of the centre, Rinpoche was instrumental in the acquisition of the present premise for the Centre.

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 Fig 6. Shangpa Rinpoche with his beloved Guru the late His Holiness Trulshig Rinpoche during the opening ceremony of the Kagyu Institute Buddhist Studies

His tireless effort is mirrored in Nepal. As the abbot of Vikramashila Buddhist Institute, Shangpa Rinpoche fulfilled his vision to build an institute for higher education in Buddhist studies for members of the Sangha in Pokhara. The first Shangpa Rinpoche spent many years teaching in Mustang. Tharpa Choeling Nunnery in Muktinath was established with the support of the King of Mustang and devoted disciples from his previous incarnation. Caring deeply about educating the nuns, Rinpoche built a Buddhist institute for the nuns in 2005. To benefit more sentient beings, Rinpoche recently started construction of a 35 feet stupa of enlightenment in Mustang.

Drubgyud Choeling Monastery in Lumbini was completed in 2001. To further Dharma practice, Shangpa Rinpoche sponsored the first bi-annual Kamtsang Choghar Dharma Camp at the monastery in 2003. As many as 200 practitioners from various prestigious Buddhist institutes around the world attended the camp. In 2004, Rinpoche completed the Kagyu Institute for Buddhist Studies in Kirtipur, the first school in Nepal of the Karma Kagyud tradition, where lay practitioners from around the world can study and do retreat under the guidance of famous learned Kagyud masters. Despite the recent social unrest in Nepal, the institute is firmly committed to provide Buddhist teachings to all who seek with a sincere heart.

Shangpa Rinpoche's aspiration to help as many sentient beings as possible has motivated him to organise the first World Peace Grand Prayer at the Great Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu on 7th December 2005. Ngedon Palbar Ling Retreat Centre is a retreat centre on a mountain peak in Pokhara. It is meant as a living space for lamas engaging in retreats that spans for 3 years and 3 months. Rinpoche's tireless effort to realise his vision has won respect from many people. Shangpa Rinpoche was appointed the President of Dharmodaya Sadha, a leading Buddhist Organization in Nepal. The Shangpa Foundation was founded, with the approval and support from the Nepalese Government. This foundation is built to help Rinpoche manage his numerous projects. Shangpa Rinpoche is currently heading the Foundation.

 Fig 7. The 2nd Shangpa Rinpoche with Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche

Besides his Dharma activity to help sentient beings, Shangpa Rinpoche is continuously strengthening his personal practices. He received teachings from many great masters from all traditions and lineages. In 1998, he received the Drupthab Kundu initiation and transmissions from His Eminence Chogye Tri Rinpoche in France. Rinpoche received oral transmission of a collection of 15th Karmapa's teachings from Lama Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche in 2001. In 2002, Rinpoche received the extremely rare and precious "Treasury of Spiritual Instructions" transmission, comprising teachings from all major lineages collected by The Great Jamgon Kongtrul, from His Eminence Trulshig Rinpoche in Kathmandu.

Since the day Shangpa Rinpoche was enthroned by His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, Rinpoche has embarked on a ceaseless journey to propagate Dharma to help as many sentient beings as possible towards the Path to Enlightenment. This journey has taken Rinpoche two lifetimes and it will take him many more lifetimes in the future to accomplish.