His Eminence the XII Gyaltsab Rinpoche
The Gyaltsab Rinpoches have always been the Vajra Regents of the Karmapas and caretakers of the Karmapa’s monasteries. Gyaltsab Rinpoche, through his long line of incarnations, has been known for being an expert in meditation. In Tibet, Rinpoche was known as Tsurphu Gyaltsab Rinpoche, because Rinpoche was the Regent of the Karmapa at Tsurphu Monastery.
Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche is the emanation of the bodhisattva Vajrapani. In the past, Rinpoche incarnated as Ananda, the disciple of the Buddha Shakyamuni who had perfect memory and was responsible for reciting all of the Sutras (teachings) of the Buddha before the assembly. Therefore Ananda was responsible for keeping all the words of the Buddha perfectly intact.
Gyaltsab Rinpoche also incarnated as one of the main ministers of the Dharma, the King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet. He was also Palju Wangchuk, one of the twenty five main disciples of Guru Padmasambhava. During Milarepa’s lifetime, Rinpoche appeared as the Repa Zhiwa U.
The XVI Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, recognized the present and XII Gyaltsab Rinpoche while he was still in his mother’s womb. His parents were from Nyimo, near Lhasa. Soon after his recognition in 1959, His Eminence fled into exile with the XVI Gyalwa Karmapa.
The Gyalwa Karmapa carried Rinpoche on his back while traveling across the Himalayas into exile. He soon settled at Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim and received the necessary transmissions.
Rinpoche’s father wished for him to study in a modern school. However, Gyaltsab left the school one night and traveled ten miles back to Rumtek alone. His devotion to the Karmapa and to the lineage was unparalleled.
His Eminence learned the Dharma with the other heart sons of the Karmapa such as Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche and the other two regents, Tai Situpa Rinpocheand Shamarpa Rinpoche. Like most of his incarnations, he spends his life in meditation and taking care of the seat of the Karmapa. He is currently in Sikkim, where he is the Regent representing the lineage. He oversees the activities and functions of Rumtek and at his own monasteries, such as Ralang, in Sikkim.
In 1992, Gyaltsab Rinpoche and Tai Situpa Rinpoche enthroned the XVII Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje in Tibet. Since The Karmapa fled to India, Gyaltsab Rinpoche is helping to prepare the return of His Holiness to Rumtek..
Like Tai Situpa Rinpoche, Goshir Gyaltsab Rinpoche is one of the main teachers of the XVII Gyalwa Karmapa and already has bestowed transmissions (such as the Rinchen Terdzo) to His Holiness.
Inauguration of the Traditional Retreat Center
In November of 2006, His Eminence the XII Gyaltsap Rinpoche inaugurated at the premises of the Palchen Chosling Monastery of Ralang, in Sikkim (India), of which he is the Abbot, the Traditional Retreat Center. In this auspicious occasion there were present eminent Rinpoches and Khenpos of the Tsurphu Monastery, as well as the residents in the Palchen Cholsing Monastery itself of the Kamtsang Kagyu Tradition of Buddhism. During one week, His Eminence imparted the initiations of the traditional retreat of three years and three months to a group of monks and nuns who did this retreat in this same monastery, to another monastic group whose members did their period of retreat in the compound of the monastery of Bokar Rinpoche, as well as to an international group of practitioners who did this same traditional retreat in the monastery of Ringu Tulku and to a close devotees of various countries.
The inauguration act was closed with the auspicious ceremony of the coronation of the Red Crown, one of the most important ones within the Kagyu Linage, of which His Eminence is regent.
To see images of a Red Crown ceremony:
Red Crown Ceremony
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(Extracted from the Web page of Simhanada, the Lion’s Roar of Mahayana Buddhism and reviewed by Trikaya.)