BIOGRAPHY

 

HIS EMINENCE THE 9TH TULKU NETEN RINPOCHE

 

THE REINCARNATED LAMA & ABBOT 

OF THE JUNGPA MONASTERY

 

SPIRITUAL LEADER 

OF THE JUNGPA PEOPLE IN LITHANG, KHAM PROVINCE, TIBET

 

DHARMA TEACHER

OF THE SERAMEY MONASTIC UNIVERSITY & GYUMED TANTRIC MONASTERY, INDIA

 

FOUNDER-ABBOT & SPIRITUAL MASTER

OF THE JAM TSE CHO LING DHARMA CENTRE IN TORONTO, CANADA & 

JAM TSE CHO LING TIBETAN BUDDHIST TEMPLE IN CALGARY, CANADA

 

THE 1st THRONE HOLDER

OF THE GELUG MONLAM OF CANADA

 

             

 

Jam Tse Cho Ling Dharma Centre in Toronto & JTCL Buddhist Temple in Calgary

 

          

 

      Special Long Life               Gelug Monlam                           Teaching at

           Ceremony                      of Canada          SeraMey Monastic University &

                                                                                  Gyumed Tantric monastery India

 

 

       

 

             ( Gelug Monlam means Great Prayer Festival of the Gelugpa tradition )

                             

                                                   

 
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Letter of His Holiness The

7th Dalai Lama given to

The 5th Neten Rinpoche

 

 

 

H.E Tulku Neten Rinpoche

 enthroned in Sera monastery

 India as the 9th reincarnated

Lama & Abbot of the Jungpa

monastery in Lithang, Tibet

 

 

 

 

The Jungpa Monastery

in Tibet

 

 

 

Footprint of previous Neten Rinpoche in Jungpa Tibet

 

There were sixteen renowned Arhats in India. The Neten Rinpoche’s lineage can be traced back to the 11th Arhat, named Lam Tran Ten Pharpha LamChung ***  ( Sanskrit name ChudaPantaka, tiếng Việt là Chu Lợi Bàn Đà Dà ), who was reincarnated many times in both India and Tibet as Mahasiddha Bodhisattvas and Tsangchung Sangye Pasang, a disciple of the Great Lama Je Tsongkhapa.

The 1st Neten Rinpoche was the Tulku (reincarnated Lama) of Tsangchung Sangye Pasang and was the one who built the Jungpa Monastery in Lithang-Kham, Tibet. The present His Eminence Tulku Neten Rinpoche was born just over one year after the passing away of the 8th Tulku Neten Rinpoche Ngawang Lobsang Kunga. In the year 1986, His Holiness the Dalai Lama graciously recognized him as the 9th reincarnated Tulku Neten Rinpoche Tenzin Gelek, Lama-Abbot of the Jungpa Monastery. By this time, he has been already a great scholar at the SeraMey Monastic University in south India and has won the respect of the other monks both as a Dharma Teacher and a Debater.

His Eminence Tulku Neten Rinpoche secured the highest Geshe Lharampa Degree ( Ph.D in Buddhist Sutra Studies ) and soon afterwards, he joined the Gyumed Tantric Monastery for higher Tantric studies. After four years of strenuous studies and practice, he appeared for the final examination in the presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Abbots of Gyumed and other monasteries. He then received the advanced degree of Ngagrampa ( highest degree in Tantric Studies ) and accepted the position of Discipline Master at the Gyumed Tantric Monastery. Later on he went back and taught Dharma to sanghas at the SeraMey Monastic University.

 

 Since the year 2006, His Eminence Tulku Neten Rinpoche has been permanently living in Canada and giving Dharma teachings in many countries around the world. See Celebration of the 10th Anniversary (2006-2016) of His Eminence in Canada.

 

Later on, he has accomplished his principal project of complete reconstruction of his nine lifetimes Jungpa monastery which has been previously destroyed in Jungpa-Lithang, Tibet.

 

[ JAM TSE CHO LING DHARMA CENTRE IN TORONTO, ONTARIO ]

 

In January 2009, His Eminence Tulku Neten Rinpoche founded the Jam Tse Cho Ling Dharma Centre in Toronto, province of Ontario, Canada as a charitable organization.

 

On August 19, 2010 the Jam Tse Cho Ling Dharma Centre has its permanent location on 598 Browns Line Toronto, Ontario M8W 3V5. Temporary renovations to the existing building were completed in time to allow the Centre to begin conducting services at this location on November 2010.

 

On June 12, 2011 the completion of the prayer hall and some facilities outside the Centre finalized renovations and the official opening was celebrated.

 

[ JAM TSE CHO LING TIBETAN BUDDHIST TEMPLE IN CALGARY, ALBERTA ]

 

On December 14, 2012 as per wished and requested by disciples, His Eminence Tulku Neten Rinpoche founded the Jam Tse Cho Ling Tibetan Buddhist Temple in Calgary, province of Alberta, Canada. This temple functions as a branch of the Jam Tse Cho Ling Dharma Centre in Toronto

 

On October 1st, 2013 after having completed all the need for the Main Prayer Hall such as altar, statues, thangkars, throne, ritual instruments, prayer books, cushions and so forth...  His Eminence Tulku Neten Rinpoche began conducting activities at the temporary location on 96 WhiteHaven N.E Calgary Alberta T1Y 6C5.

 

In January 2014, His Eminence Tulku Neten Rinpoche realized his plan of sponsoring his sangha-student from the SeraMey monastery in India to come to Canada, and started Dharma works at the Jam Tse Cho Ling Temple in Calgary. This is the first step of his long-term project of sponsoring sanghas to teach in both Jam Tse Cho Ling Dharma Centre in Toronto and Temple in Calgary.

 

On September 25, 2013 as per requested by disciples, His Eminence Tulku Neten Rinpoche accepted to officially become the Lama and Spiritual Master of the Shedrup Ling Tibetan Buddhist Temple in Alberta Canada.

 

[ CANADA ]   GELUG MONLAM OF CANADA YEAR 2015, 2016, 2017 ...

 

In January 2015, His Eminence Tulku Neten Rinpoche accepted the request from the Committee of sanghas of the Gelugpa tradition in Canada to become the First Throne Holder of the Gelug Monlam of Canada for the year 2015, 2016, 2017 ... (Gelug Monlam means Great Prayer Festival of the Gelugpa tradition which was formed in 2015). This Great Prayer Festival is organized for the first time in Toronto Canada on March 20, 21 and 22, 2015. 

 

 See ABOUT the Jam Tse Cho Ling Dharma Centre for more information &   BLESSINGS to JTCL

 

 

 

*** Arya (Pharpha) ChudaPantaka (Tibetan name is Lam TranTen Pharpha LamChung) became an Arhat through the practice of cleaning.

 

A long time ago, there was a Brahman’s family whose sons all died after birth. An elder neighbor told this family that she would help if they had another son in the future. After the next child was born, this elder woman handed him to a girl with the instruction that she should bring him to a major road and if a noble one came by, she should pay homage to him and asked for the blessing. When the sun had set, if the child was still alive then the girl should bring him home, otherwise she should discard his body. The child was still alive after the sun had set so the girl carried him home and afterward, he received the name Mahapantaka (means the major road).

 

Later, another son was born in the same family and the elder woman came to help. She gave the child to another girl with the same instruction. This girl was lazy and brought the child to the small road. There was no Brahman came by, only the Buddha purposely came, prayed and gave him his blessing. The child was still alive after the sun had set, he was carried home and then obtained the name ChudaPantaka (means the small road).

 

Both sons grew up but MahaPantaka was intelligent and skillful in all subjects, as well as able to taught sacred words to others while ChudaPantaka was utterly slow and dull and was refused to teach by many teachers.

 

Later, after the parents died, MahaPantaka joined the Buddha Shakya’s group, studied and mastered the three baskets and became an Arhat. ChudaPantaka exhausted his parents’ wealth and was instructed by his older brother to become ordained as a monk.

 

MahaPantaka asked ChudaPantaka to memorize the following verses

 

Do no evil with body, speech, mind and

Grasping at everything in the world

Those who are empty of desire, mindful, and circumspect

Do not seek suffering or the useless.

 

but after three months he was still not able to remember them.

 

Arya MahaPantaka thought that the criticism would be more effective then after saying hash words to his brother, he threw him out of the monastery. ChudaPantaka felt sad and cried for his situation. The Buddha stirred by great compassion, helped him to understand things and gave him a chance to remove his bad karma, declared:

 

There is praise by the foolish

Criticism by the wise

Criticism by the wise is excellent

Not so by the foolish

 

The Buddha then gave ChudaPantaka this phrase to recite: “I am removing dust, I am removing dirt”. ChudaPantaka could not remember this phrase so the Blessed One asked him to wipe the shoes of the monks. Some time later, he learned this phrase.

 

Then the Blessed One gave him the work of sweeping the main prayer hall by reciting this phrase. Each time ChuadaPantaka cleaned the right side of the hall, the Buddha miraculously caused the left side to fill the dust. The same happened when he cleaned the left side, the right side was filled by dust. ChudaPantaka persevered until his karmic obscurations were cleared away and heard these verses:

 

This dust is desire, not particles of dirt

This dust is hatred, not particles of dirt

This dust is ignorance, not particles of dirt

The wise get rid themselves of this dust

And are attentive to the Sugata’s teaching

 

ChudaPantaka achieved the status of an Arhat after meditating on the meaning of these verses.

 

The Buddha wanted everyone to know ChudaPantaka’s virtues and knowledge then instructed ChudaPantaka to teach the bhikshunis. However, the bhikshunis were not pleased of this because they did not want to accept a little learning teacher who had not been able to recite a verse after three months. They then carried out a plan to make sure that ChudaPantaka will not come again to their temple in the future.

 

Twelve bhikshunis prepared a very high throne without staircase for ChudaPantaka. Others announced to everyone in the city of the teachings of the great and extraordinary disciple of Buddha. Hundreds of thousands of people assembled the next day when ChudaPantaka came for the teaching. As he approached the throne, he realized that the intention of these bhikshunis is to show scorn. Extending his arm like an elephant’s trunk, he pushed down the throne and seated himself. He first entered a state of meditation and became invisible, then he raised himself into the sky and displayed four types of magical powers. At last, he once again seated on the throne.

 

He began his discourse by saying that he would teach in seven days the meaning of the verses which had taken him three months to memorize. He explained that the verse “Do no evil with body, speech, and mind” means to eschew the ten non-virtuous actions. “everything in the world” refers the five heaps, and “grasping” means grasping of the three poisons: desire, hatred, and ignorance.

 

ChudaPantaka’s teaching made many audiences attained the realization, developed an aspiration for the enlightenment of different paths, and gained faith in the Three Jewels.

 

Afterward, the Buddha declared that of all his disciples, ChudaPantaka was the most skilled at producing a beneficial change in beings’ mind.

 

 

The details of His Eminence Tulku Neten Rinpoche's projects to support his nine lifetimes Jungpa monastery in Lithang-Kham Tibet, the SeraMey monastery in India where he grew up, studied and taught Buddha Dharma, and the two Jam Tse Cho Ling Dharma Center and Temple in Canada, are found in

 

                                                         

 

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