THE SIXTH THRANGU TULKU
KUNKHYAP NYIMA (1769-1819)
The 6th Thrangu Tulku Kunkhyap Nyima was born in the Earth Ox Year of the thirteenth cycle (1769) and was recognized by Situ Chokyi Jungne. He had all three qualities of being learned, venerable and good and had extremely great merit as well. Due to this there began the custom of calling the following incarnations “Thrangu Kunkhyap Nyima” when supplicating them.
When he was young he saw Guru Rinpoche in person at a place called Thri Putsuk though the servant accompanying him was confused by strong wind and didn’t see it. An old thangkas painting depicting this event could still be seen in the Ladrang until modern times.
Thrangu Kunkhyap Nyima invited Belo Tsewang Kunkhyap to the monastery and he corrected their practice of the Ngok mandalas. Belo also pained the mandalas on the upper ceilings of the temple.
He also enthroned the reincarnation of the 6th Traleg Yeshe Nyima on a golden throne. Yeshe Nyima invited Lodro Nyima from Surmang to stay at the monastery as his representative. The 1st Lodro Nyima lived in Surmang. He is the one who appears as one of the lineage lamas of the Karling Peaceful and Wrathful deities. It was the 2nd Lodro Nyima who came to Thrangu Monastery. Similarly Traleg Yeshe Nyima gave all the empowerments and the transmissions of the tantras of the Marpa Tradition to Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche thus preserving and spreading the empowerments and transmissions of Hevajra and other tantras. This is described in the life story of Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche.
Later Thrangu Kunkhyap Nyima went to Central Tibet. He made strong Dharma and worldly connections with the Eighth Gyaltsap Chopal Sangpo who had been born in Jangyul. When he went on pilgrimage to Samye, the protector Pehar gave him a flag and spear and promised to accomplish his activity. Because of this, there began the custom of the Thrangu Ladrang making oblations to Pehar.
He spent a long time at Tsurphu, main monastery of the Karmapas, and gathered all the ritual objects and dance costumes in order to institute the Great Tenth Day Festival at Thrangu Monastery. While on the way back to his monastery he heard the terrible news that the monastery had been destroyed in an earthquake. He passed away on that spot. The young 3rd Lodro Nyima Rinpoche also passed into nirvana in the earthquake. At that time, in the Earth Rabbit Year of the fourteenth cycle (1819), Thrangu Kunkhyab Nyima was fifty-one. Most of his possessions were lost of the road but among what remained were nine paintings featuring the eight Indian Mahasiddhas and five paintings featuring the Six Ornaments and Two Supreme Beings. These could be seen in the Ladrang in modern times.
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