Late Shangpa Rinpoche in 1956
Shangpa Rinpoche is one of the great Buddhist yogis connected
to Muktinath-Chumig Gyatsa. His previous incarnation was born
near Tashihlunpo in Tibet at the end of the nineteenth century
and became a student of the 15th Gyalwa Karmapa, Kakyab Dorje
(1871-1922), the head of the Kagyu lineage witin Tibetan Buddhism.
After years of meditation Shangpa Rinpoche started to travel through
the Himalayas to turn his energies to reviving Buddhism in the
Rinpoche rebuilt sevaral monasteries
in the Himalayas of Nepal, like the famous Sandul Gompa in West Nepal
near Tarakot, and at
his inspiration in West Nepal new temples and stupas were built. Just
near the pilgrimage site Muktinath-Chumig Gysatsa
Rinpoche built a nunnery.
H.H. Karmapa XVI
The above picture of Shangpa Rinpoche was made in 1956 by the
scientist Dr. David L. Snellgrove when Shangpa Rinpoche - meaning
'The Precious One from Shang' - was about 65 years old. Quite
soon afterwards Rinpoche died.
In 1962 at the age of two his incarnation was recognized by the
16th Karmapa, H.H. Ranjung Rigpa'i Dorje (1923-1981). After going
through many hardships, he and his mother finally arrived in Pokhara,
Nepal. His Holiness, the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa, ordained him when
he was 9 years old.
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