I am currently leaving for France to give teachings at Katsel Dharma Choling France. I am currently raising funds for my travel expenses from France to Sharvati to attend The Great Sharvasti Buddhist Cultural Assembly at the request and invitation from Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoche. My travel dates from France to Sharvasti back to the US from 10/31/15 - 11/12/15.
I appreciate all those who have given so generously and those who continue to do do. Without you this would not be possible.
Thank you to everyone for your concern and well wishes and your donations.
In the Holy Dharma,
Tradak Tulku - Jack
For everyone's benefit to understand my unique situation -
Biography of Tradak Tulku Rinpoche (Jack Churchward III) was born July 15, 1982 in Dunedin, Florida to Jack and Cynthia Churchward and was recognized at an early age to be an incarnation of Tradak Tulku Rinpoche, a highly realized lama (ordained teacher of Buddhism) earning the title Rinpoche, or 'precious one'. A tulku is a realized Buddhist lama that chooses to be reborn, often many times, to continue their Bodhisattva vows of benefiting all sentient beings. His rebirth in the West to a Christian family, who began practicing Tibetan Buddhism when Rinpoche was about 4 years old, was an appropriate birth for Tulku to benefit the most sentient beings.
When Rinpoche was young he showed many signs of realization. His actions where based on unbiased compassion towards all beings. From the smallest ant to the closest friend he saw preciousness in each sentient life. Rinpoche first took Refuge with Khenchen Rinpoche at the age of 5 and was given the name Konchok Dorje. His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang visited Rinpoche's family shortly after Rinpoche reached age 7.
After visiting and speaking with Rinpoche about Rinpoche's visions
during meditation, His Holiness Chetsang Rinpoche, proclaimed him to be a reincarnate Lama of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage, a Tulku.
In an ancient & elaborate ceremony in Dehra Dun, India, monks shaved Rinpoche's head and prepared Rinpoche for his enthronement. The ritual was lead by His Holiness Drikung Kyabgon, Chetsang Rinpoche and other head Lamas of the Drikung Kagyu order. He was draped in maroon robes of a Tibetan Lama, offered Katags, texts, ritual implements, a Jigten Sumgon Statue and proclaimed the 6th consecutive incarnation of Tradak Tulku
Rinpoche from Katsel Monastery in Tibet as well as the incarnation of the Bodhisattva Lodo Rinchen found at the top of the Drikung Kagyu Lineage Tree next to Vajrapani, just under Vajradhara. Nearly a century ago, Tradak Tulku Rinpoche was one of the head Lama's who ran the Katsel Monastery near Lhasa, Tibet. His enthronement was on November 10, 2000 at Jang Chub Ling Monastery in Dehra Dun, India at the Snake Year Teachings at which time he took His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang as his Root Lama.
The name he was given at his enthronement was Konchok Tenzin Sherab Woser Pel Sangpo. This is Rinpoche's sixth incarnation as Tradak Tulku Rinpoche. His monastery is from the Drikung Kaygu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Tradak Tulku Rinpoche was a key figure in the Drikung Kagyu Lineage. In previous lives, he taught disciples profound techniques of the mind including the Ganges Mahamudra, as the Bodhisattva Lodo Rinchen. Before taking form as Tradak Tulku, Rinpoche was the Bodhisattva Lodo Rinchen who is located on the Drikung Kagyu Refuge Tree just below Vajradhara and to the right of Vajrapani. In a previous incarnation of Tradak Rinpoche he was considered to be one of the Great
Masters of the Drikung Yangzab Dzogchen.
Rinpoche has received many Empowerments, Transmissions and Teachings from His Holiness the Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang, His Eminence Tritsab Rinpoche, His Eminence Triptrul Garchen Rinpoche, His Eminence Ayang Rinpoche, the Venerable Druwang Rinpoche, the Venerable Khenchen Rinpoche, the Venerable Lamchen Gyalpo Rinpoche, the Venerable Lho Kunsang Rinpoche, the Venerable Traga Rinpoche, the Venerable Choeje Togden Rinpoche, the Venerable Drupon Samten Rinpoche, the Venerable
Khenpo Sherab Rinpoche, the Venerable Ontul Rinpoche, the Venerable Drupon Thinley Ningpo Rinpoche, the Venerable Khenpo Tsultrim Rinpoche, Lama Trinley Dorge, the Venerable Lama Sonam Rinpoche who came to America to tutor Rinpoche at length and many other Drikung Kagyu Lamas.
Rinpoche has made two pilgrimages to India and has attended many
retreats in Arizona with His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche (who he considers his Heart Lama) as well as numerous retreats in Vermont, Maryland, Boston and various Center's in Florida. Rinpoche completed the 3 month Mini Shedra in MD with the Venerable Khenchen Konchog Gyaltshen Rinpoche in 2012 on the Jewel Ornament of Liberation.
He most recently completed a Chenrezig Sand Mandala here in Florida with Drupon Trinley Ningpo Rinpoche and Lama Sonam Rinpoche at a local university in Oct. 2013.
Rinpoche has not yet been to Katsel Monastery in Tibet or met the Venerable Nyidak Rinpoche, however he does communicate with him in Tibet.
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