His Eminence Trehor Kyorpen Rinpoche was a high lama from Drepung Monastery. A learned scholar and erudite master, he obtained his Geshe Lharampa title at the same time as His Eminence the 2nd Serkong Dorje Chang (1921 – 1979), who entered Gyume Tantric College at the age of 26 after receiving the title of ‘Rabjampa‘.
Trehor Kyorpen Rinpoche was a great yogi of both the Tantric generation and completion stages. A relatively recent meditator who had achieved and attained these paths, he was greatly praised by Lama Yeshe during his “Teachings at Amitabha and White Tara Initiations and Retreat” at Shakyamuni Centre in Taichung, Taiwan.
After he became a Geshe, Trehor Kyorpen Rinpoche went into retreat in a cave on Lhumbo Tse, a high mountain near Lhasa. Throughout the duration of his retreat, he carried only one text – the Lamrim Chenmo, his robes and was accompanied by only a monk-attendant.
While Trehor Kyorpen Rinpoche was looking for a cave on this high mountain, rocks kept on coming down near him as if thrown from above. He followed the stones and after some time, came upon a cave. The stones were dropping on that cave.
When he entered the cave, he found a skeleton sitting in the meditation posture. Trehor Kyorpen Rinpoche then sat down and offered a mandala. Upon completion of the mandala offering, the skeleton collapsed. Trehor Kyorpen Rinpoche took it as an auspicious sign and decided to practise in that cave.
Over time, some of his disciples travelled to the mountain and also meditated nearby in places. As they had already completed their studies, they were also there to experience and actualise the path.
Trehor Kyorpen Rinpoche escaped into exile in Dalhousie, India at the time of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s escape in 1959. He spent his life in practice and continued to experience the path after his arrival in India. Despite popular demand, Trehor Kyorpen Rinpoche accepted only those geshes and meditators who could renounce this life and its attachments, and lead an ascetic life to meditate with him in Dalhousie
One of Trehor Kyorpen Rinpoche’s teachings is that a person requires a lot of merit to realise Emptiness, thus those who have very little merits will have difficulty realising this root tenet of Vajrayana Buddhism. Thus, during his lifetime, he greatly encouraged activities that would help his disciples collect merits.
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