The Nyingma Head, Kathok Getse Rinpoche

The Nyingma Head, Kathok Getse Rinpoche

Gyurme Tenpa Gyaltsen aka the Fourth Katok Getse was one of the five ‘’Golden ’’ holders of the lineage, a branch of the tradition. At the Nyingma Monlam in Bodhgaya, January 2018, Rinpoche was appointed to be the supreme head of the Nyingma Tradition for three years.

At the same meeting of the representatives of the , it was decided to appoint and five other Nyingma as the supreme head of Nyingma tradition in a three-year tenure basis.

He spent most of his at in before the enthronement. The original seat of the Kathok lineage is Kathok Dorje Den in Kham Khatok, and is over 840 years old.

Kham Kathok Satuan settlement in Dehradun was expecting Rinpoche’s presence at the settlement’s 50th founding anniversary next February.

The six major Nyingma schools are Kathok, , Sechen, Mindrolling, and Palyul.

Origin of Kathok Getse Rinpoche

Kathok Getse Rinpoche was born in Golok, Eastern Tibet, and was recognized by the , Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro and Adzom Gyalse as the of the Third Katok Getse, Gyurme Tenpa Namgyal.

Spiritual Path of Kathok Getse Rinpoche

From a very early age, Rinpoche received and empowerments from many . After coming to exile in 1997, Getse Rinpoche received teachings and empowerments from His Holiness the , , and among others.

Teachers of the Kathok Getse Rinpoche

From a very early age, he received teachings and empowerments from many masters such as:

  • Katok Moktsa Rinpoche
  • Jikme Phuntsok
  • The 14th
  • Tubten Trinle, the reincarnation of Adzom Drukpa
  • Nyida, son of Tulku Lhatop, himself a son of 
  • 14th Dalai writing to Kathok Getse Rinpoche

14th Dalai Lama  and Fourth Kathok Getse Rinpoche

The 14th Dalai Lama wrote about the Fourth Kathok Getse Rinpoche:

Katok Getse Rinpoche, like his previous incarnations, illuminates the teachings of Nyingma, the first doctrine of Tibet, and embodies a great living legacy of the . Furthermore, some in his series of incarnations have a connection with the past incarnations of the Dalai Lama. For example, when  went to , the Seventh Dalai Lama, Kalzang Gyatso, held him in high regard and asked him to reverse, through , the army in northern Tibet, which he did. The Seventh Dalai Lama, greatly pleased, offered him a handsome reward. The true reincarnation of Katok Rigdzin Tsewang Norbu was the First Katok Getse, Gyurme Tsewang Chokdrup. When he came to Lhasa on pilgrimage he met the Eighth Dalai Lama, Jampal Gyatso, and the two of them immediately began exchanging teachings. This association became an inexhaustible that pleased all the , and great mutual respect developed between them. Later, the Third Katok Getse, Gyurme Tenpa Namgyal, came to Lhasa to meet the Thirteenth Dalai Lama, Thupten Gyatso. He was received with and they developed a good relationship. His direct reincarnation, the Fourth Katok Getse, Gyurme Tenpa Gyaltsen, through the power of his previous excellent aspirations and , was able to safely arrive in as a refugee. He and I have connected as student and teacher.

The relationship between and Kathok Getse Rinpoche

Since coming into exile in 1997, he spent many years in retreat in Nepal and was the current leader of in Nepal.

He spent many years in Nepal. His is in the hilly area in Nepal. He was recognized by the 16th and other lamas as the reincarnation of the third Kathok Getse, Gyurme Tenpa Namgyal.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama wrote of Getse Rinpoche:

Katok Getse Rinpoche, like his previous incarnations, illuminates the teachings of Nyingma, the first Buddhist doctrine of Tibet, and embodies a great living legacy of the .

Death of The Nyingma head Kathok Getse Rinpoche

Nyingma head Kathok Getse Rinpoche has passed away at the age of 64 in Nepal following a car accident.

The accident took place outside the valley. He was in retreat and slipped while coming out of the retreat place, causing severe injury. His monastery is in a hilly area three hours drive from Kathmandu. His was kept in Adzom Kathok Choekhorling to allow the public to pay their respects.

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