Our teacher Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche’s two excellent students, Choegye Drakpa Rinpoche and Tupten Lakshyong Gyamtso lama, teach us at a regular basis and guide online/home retreats facilitated by Virtual Achen Gar.
The aspiration of Virtual Achen Gar team is to support practitioners outside of China who wants to follow Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche’s teaching, so that we can transcend the limitations of time and space and easily access the lineage teachings from home.
We have kept close contact with our beloved Rinpoche and consulted him in all major steps we took. In response to our request for a qualified retreat master, Rinpoche has kindly asked one of his dharma heirs — Choegye Drakpa Rinpoche to give us teaching in our retreats and guide us in practice.
Moreover, Achen/Yachen lineage teaching is featured with the tradition of oral transmission from master to student. Choegye Drakpa Rinpoche has a mastery in Tibetan Buddhist vocal music. Therefore Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche has also asked Choegye Drakpa Rinpoche to help us with recording mantra & sadhana recitation and chanting as practiced in Yachen/Achen tradition.
Choegye Drakpa Rinpoche has started and will continue to make recordings as suggested by Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche: Sadhana chantings in Tibetan will be made available primarily for westerner students and chantings in Chinese for Chinese students. As the vocal style in chanting carry the blessing from all previous lineage masters, practitioners receive invisible yet powerful blessing in their practice if they use the same vocal style. Rinpoche also particularly mentioned that Lakshyong Gyamtso lama is the one to be replied on for helping westerner students to understand the meanings.
The following is a very brief introduction of both Choegye Drakpa Rinpoche and Tupten Lakshyong Gyamtso lama.
INTRODUCTION TO CHOEGYE DRAKPA RINPOCHE
Having felt strong urge of renunciation since childhood, in year 2002 Choegye Drakpa Rinpoche went to Yachen monastery in eastern Tibet to follow the lineage established by Lama Achuk Rinpoche. At Yachen he trained very closely with his root teacher Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche with pure acts in body, speech and mind. Choegye Drakpa Rinpoche served Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche in accordance with the three ways of pleasing one’s teacher and became a deeply appreciated and loved student.
Following in his teacher’s footsteps and with his blessing, Rinpoche has since, for many years, been teaching and guiding fortunate students to go deep in their Vajrayana practice. Being compassionate and skillful in guiding and teaching, he is known for his ability to help his students truly understand the meaning, and realize the profound joy, of practicing dharma.
Rinpoche attaches great importance to, and has actively worked towards preserving the oral transmission tradition of mantra and sadhana recitation and chanting passed down by previous lineage masters. He is also very engaged in accompanying people’s last moment of life towards liberation. So far though, Rinpoche’s main focus has been doing meditation retreats and advancing his own practice and realization.
Introduction to Tupten Lakshyong Gyamtso lama
Tupten Lakshyong Gyamtso lama (known as Venerable Pieter Johnston lama) has been appointed by Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche to help students primarily in Europe since 2016.
He first met his root teacher Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche in 2006 and experienced a profound shift in what he believed was important in life.
On learning of the value of benefiting others and the importance of a knowing one’s own mind, how the state of one’s mind affects so many aspects of one’s life and others,Lakshyong lama followed Rinpoche to China where he lived for several years. He has since gradually been practising precious Buddhist methods in transforming towards greater kindness and wisdom. In 2016, Rinpoche suggested that Lakshyong lama begin teaching and he now shares what he is learning with those who are interested.
The key to improving one’s quality of life is to improve one’s personal traits, moral behaviour; and not through accumulating wealth, knowledge, status. Whether or not the Dharma has entered in your heart is evident in one’s virtue. ——Gyalwai Nyugu Rinpoche