Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche Pays Homage to Lama Aqiu

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 Homage to our root guru and all lineage masters

Amongst contemporary Tibetan Nyingmapa masters, when speaking of the great merits in the living spiritual teachers who are devoted to spread the Great Perfection, everyone will admire and pay respect to the maha-siddha Aqiu Lama (the venerable Jamyang Longdo Gyaltsen) in the sacred Yaching Urgyen retreat place.

He was praised by Tibetans as a perfect moon, shining brightly over the land of snows and bestowing blessings to the plateaus.


1.     First Arrival to YaChing

On November 3rd, 2004, accompanied by Warten Khenpo from Larung Five-Science Buddhist and four other followers, Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche of Jiaxiu monastery came to the sacred site of Yaching to pay visit to the great perfection master – Lama Aqiu (the venerable Jamyang Longdo Gyaltsen). It was very smooth along the way. Before departure, Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche already had a good feeling that thos trip would be auspicious. Despite having received empowerments from Lama Aqiu in his youth, this was the first time for Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche to visit Yaching. The sacred land of meditation will raise over hundred thousands of practitioners with achievement of rainbow body. When seeing the magnificent temples and facing large groups of Sangha doing meditation practices, Rinpoche was very happy and excited.

Rinpoche’s good friend – the young Danjo Rinpoche (the self-certified incarnation of Lama Aqiu’s root master, Sera Yangdro, he has another incarnation named Songwa Tenpei, who was recognized by Lama Aqiu) warmly received Rinpoche and his entourage as the temporary servant. Two other lamas from Jiaxiu who now resides in Yaching also came. They mentioned that there were a lot of people from everywhere coming to see Lama Aqiu everyday, about sixty or seventy people would wait line to receive empowerment or blessings from Lama Aqiu. In order to ensure that Lama’s meditation practice and teachings would not be affected, his butler had to limit the visiting time and the number of visitors.

2. Appraisal of Matrul Rinpoche
During the conversation, lamas were all excited when speaking about the great yogi, Matrul Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche’s recent visit to Yaching. Rinpoche stayed for a few days with Lama Aqiu, and it must had been very auspicious. Lama Aqiu felt extremely happy about seeing his old friend. In front of all his Tibetan disciples, he praised the merits of Matrul Rinpoche and they prayed for the long lives of each other and to jointly turn the wheel of Dharma.
 At that time, Lama Aqiu also mentioned in particular that the Dharma King Jigme Phuntsok also personally praised the merits of Matrul Rinpoche: "He is a true Vajrayana Master, who does need to be observed..." and solemnly emphasized to all the Sangha of Yaching: “You must look carefully. This is a real Vajrayana Master certified by the Dharma King Jigme Phuntsok, he is a master who does not need to be oberseved". Lama Aqiu also supplicated Matrul Rinpoche to bless everyone in presence.


3. A Pleasant Reception
Later, Danjo Rinpoche told Venerable Lama Aqiu, “Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche from JiaXiu monastery in Seda and his entourage are waiting to visit you”.
 The venerable lama joyfully agreed, and he made an exception to receive Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche first while there were already more than seventy people in line waiting to get in. After entering the room, Lama Aqiu greeted Rinpoche with a compassionate smile, “You must be tired after all the travelling. I am very fond of masters from Seda." And he dedicated a white Katak to Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche. In return, Rinpoche also dedicated a white silk Katak and a golden Katak with the eight auspicious symbols. Then he presented a variety of offerings to pray for Lama Aqiu to live long and healthy, and his profound Dharma be spread widely in this universe. Finally, when Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche offered Lama Aqiu his own hand-painted and exquisite Thangkas (Eight Manifestations of Padmasambhava, Manjusri Bodhisattva, Liberation upon passing by and AnBa GenTe, thousands of each), the Venerable carefully looked at each Thangka, and happily raised those prints, including "AnBa GenTe Liberation upon passing by", and placed them one by one on his own head for blessing. While he was laughing to himself: "Ah! Today is such a good day (it's a good day today), I didn't expect to meet someone this great and closely related!"



4. Testimony, Prophecy and Recognition

Next, Lama Aqiu began to test Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche and the other great Rinpoche in his unique way. He verified the attainment of Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche by showing him the most inner secret mandala via secret display, and was very satisfied. He kindly asked Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche to sit close to him and gave Rinpoche pith instructions on Great perfection and teachings on the essences of profound enlightenment.

The Venerable also asked warmly: “Are the lamas and Khenpos doing well in JiaXiu monastery? When I went to Seda, I heard people talk about your monastery and how it was very sacred.” Lama Aqiu then solemnly gave blessings and prophecies on the Buddhism activities throughout the life of Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche, it lasted for a long time. “The great activities of Buddha Dharma will be vast and unlimited!” At last, The Venerable emphasized it three times to Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche.

Rinpoche felt embarrassed being praised by such a high lama in front of the crowd. On the other hand, Lama Aqiu rested in the mutra of great perfection and it seemed that he felt something. His gaze was long wandering on the face of
Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche, and then he said: "Good! Good! Very good! Excellent! It’s great! You don’t have arrogance, you don’t have that kind of pride even ordinary monks would have! You don’t even have that just for a moment! Your compassion, wisdom, aspiration, fortunate conditions and state of realization are the same as those famous Khenpos in Larung Five Science Buddhist Institute."


5. Bestowing the Inscriptions and Empowerment
Immediately afterwards, Lama Aqiu wrote prayers composed of profound and secret wish-fulfilling accomplishment for
Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche. (The content will be published when appropriate time comes)... The Venerable was very happy, and he gave Rinpoche in addition his fingerprints, which represented the secret mandala of Buddha of the five directions, with his signed autographs to show his appraisal. Meanwhile, he explained in details the secret meaning of each fingerprint. All five fingers represented the Buddhas of the five directions. And Lama Aqiu made some more mudras specifically using his thumb. The first one represented Samantabhadra, while the second represented Vajrasattava, the third Padmasambhava and the fourth Vajrakilaya.


Finally, the Venerable joyfully requested to take a group photo with everyone. Although it is said that Lama Aqiu was very rigorous during his teaching, all disciples had to be totally concentrated, no recordings or notes were allowed (abstracted from The Supreme Medicine: Lord of Refuge - The brief biography of the Accomplished Jamyang Longdo), he made an exception to allow some of the teachings to be taped and recorded. Therefore Lama Aqiu’s compassion will bestow blessings on disciples with fortunate conditions.

The visit lasted for two days. In these auspicious two days, the Venerable refused other visitors. He gave individual empowerment to Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche and his entourage, and oral transmission of the Trilogy of natural freedom by the Omniscient Longchenpa, as well as other profound essences on tantra, sutra and pith instructions.


According to the words of the lineage masters, Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche’s visit to Yaching will strengthen his vast aspirations and benefit unlimited sentient beings!

6. Aspirations
May all beings benefit upon hearing this story generate faith towards the Dharma!
May the
Venerable Jamyang Longdo Gyaltsen (Lama Aqiu) to live long and turn the wheel of Dharma constantly!
May the altruism activities of Rigdzin Gawa Rinpoche to benefit all sentient beings to be vast and spontaneously fulfilled!

May happiness and prosperity prevails!

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