THE BLESSING OF THE PAINTINGS
By the good karma and generosity of precious Ashak Geshe Lungrigh all of the paintings were blessed.
Ashak Geshe Lungrig’s Biography
Geshe Lungrig comes from the Shakrig clan, which is a very ancient lineage with a long history in the past. Buddha Tönpa Shenrab’s biography "Dodu" mentions a prince from this Shakrig lineage. His name was Shakrig Tsugtor Namgyal and he invited Buddha Tönpa Shenrab to consecrate a big temple in the capital city of his father’s kingdom located north-east of Olmo Lungring, The prince had also requested the teachings of the "Nine ways of Bön". The Buddha came, blessed the temple and gave these teachings.
During centuries up until now, Geshe Lungrig’s Shakrig clan has kept the precious teachings of this lineage unbroken. Many masters from other Buddhist schools also belong to this same lineage in addition to the Bönpo masters. Auspiciously, the first teachings Geshe Lungrig got from His Eminence Yongzin Rinpoche was this precious "Nine ways of Bön".
Geshe Lungrig was born in 1974, in Khyungpo, located in Kham, eastern Tibet. When he was young, he took care of his family’s domestic animals as a nomad during summer time. In winter time, he studied at the village school.
Later, Geshe Lungrig was blessed by his family’s neighbour, the Dzogchen practitioner called Yogi Tsugpu Özer, who realized the rainbow body in 1983. Geshe Lungrig received many teachings from him: the Three Heart Mantras, Long Life Mantras, empowerments, and transmissions.
At the age of thirteen, Geshe Lungrig entered Yungdrung Tengye Ling Monastery. He met there the 26th Abbot Sherab Gelek Rinpoche. From him, Geshe Lungrig received many teachings, empowerments, transmissions and all the basic knowledge about rituals, musical instruments, etc. After that, Geshe Lungrig became a monk. Later, his elder brother became the 27th Abbot (Khenpo Rinpoche) of the monastery and Geshe Lungrig continued his studies under his guidance.
During his studies in Yungdrung Tengye Ling Monastery, Geshe Lungrig accomplished the 900 000 accumulations of the Preliminary Practices and hundred days of the main essential calm abiding meditation practice (shamatha). He completed the Phowa practice two times, as well as hundred days of tummo practice and the dark retreat practice in combination with meditation training. During this time he also received many teachings, transmissions and empowerments.
In 1990, Geshe Lungrig went on pilgrimage and visited with his elder brother, the 27th Abbot (Khenpo Rinpoche), many precious monasteries and specially Nyame Sherab Gyaltsen’s Menri Monastery and holy places in Tibet. By that time, he prostrated with a group of other monks and circumambulated one tour that took more than one month. He also did twenty-five circumambulations by walking (two days each time) around the holy mountain, the Khongpo Bonri, which was blessed by the Buddha in the past. He also met many important masters and received many teachings, transmissions and empowerments according to Dzogchenpa Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen Rinpoche’s all Scriptures (17 volumes). Shardza Tashi Gyaltsen is famous for having realized the rainbow body in 1935.
In 1991, Geshe Lungrig received the transmission of all the Buddha’s Scriptures (Kangyur in 178 volumes) from the Abbot Kawo Thodan Rinpoche. In 1992, Geshe Lungrig met His Eminence Yongzin Rinpoche for the first time when he visited his monastery Yungdrung Tengye Ling, in Tibet. At that time, he received from His Eminence Yongzin Rinpoche the first teachings on the "Nine Ways of Bön" and many Tantra teachings and empowerments.