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 Shag-rig clan, which is a very ancient lineage with a long history in the past. This clan existed already in the time of Buddha Tönpa Shenrab. Shag means the same as Ashag and rig means a clan. Buddha Tonpa Shenrab’s biography Dodu mentions a prince from this Shag-rig lineage. His name was Shag-rig 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 Shag-rig clan has kept the precious teachings of this lineage unbroken. Many masters from other Buddhist schools also belong to this Shag-rig lineage in addition to the Bönpo masters. Auspiciously, the first teachings Geshe Lungrig got from his root master Yongzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche was this precious Nine Ways of Bön. The mother of Yongzin Rinpoche's master, Yongzin Tshultrim Gyaltsen Rinpoche, was also coming from this same Ashag lineage. (cf The Life of a Great Bonpo Master - The Biography of Yongzin Tenzin Namdak Rinpoche, pp. 87-93).
Geshe Lungrig was born in 1974, in Khyungpo, Kham, in 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 Rinpoche, 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 at 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 Dzogchen practitioner 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.
In 1993, Geshe Lungrig met His Holiness the 33rd Menri Trizin Lungtok Tenpai Nyima Rinpoche and received from him for the first time precious empowerments, teachings and transmissions, specially the empowerment of the wisdom deity (Mawe Senge). Later on, Geshe Lungrig met the second time His Eminence Yongzin Rinpoche. During the next thirteen years he continued his studies on the Buddhist philosophy, Sutra, Tantra and Dzogchen. He also studied general Tibetan grammar, poetry, astrology (white and black) and Tibetan medicine. He received these transmissions, teachings and empowerments from Yongzin Rinpoche and Khenchen Tenpa Yungdrung Rinpoche, Pönlob Tsangpa Tenzin Rinpoche, Khenpo Tsultrim Tenzin Rinpoche and other teachers at Triten Norbutse Monastery. During his studies in the monastery with more than one hundred monks, Geshe Lungrig practiced one week every year the wisdom deity (Mawe Senge). And the last day of the week, His Eminence Yongzin Rinpoche gave the wisdom deity (Mawe Senge) empowerment. This was done consecutively every year during more than ten years.
Meanwhile, following the request of His Eminence Yongzin Rinpoche, Geshe Lungrig gave the transmission of all the Buddha’s Scriptures (Kangyur in 178 volumes) to the other monks. At that time he gave the oral transmission of the Buddha’s Scriptures (Kangyur, volumes 1-74) to more than one hundred monks in the monastery during several years.
In 2001, Geshe Lungrig received together with the other monks the essential external, internal and secret empowerments (altogether 86 empowerments) from His Eminence Yongzin Rinpoche. In 2005, Geshe Lungrig completed his general studies and exams and was awarded a geshe degree (Doctor of Buddhist Philosophy). After that Geshe Lungrig was teaching to other monks in the monastery.
Later, he moved to the United Kingdom to learn English language. After some years he moved to France and became a resident lama in Shenten Dargye Ling. There, Geshe Lungrig did the dark retreat and the practice to distinguish samsara from nirvana, mind & the Nature of Mind (Rushen). Currently, he practises daily the meditation in the Natural State and Yoga, and the daily generosity practices and other rituals. He is also reviewing continuously the teachings on Sutra, Tantra and Great Perfection or Dzogchen by His Eminence Yongzin Rinpoche, Khenchen Tenpa Yungdrung Rinpoche and Khenpo Gelek Rinpoche.
Nowadays Geshe Lungrig teaches meditation, Yoga, healing rituals and other practices in Shenten Dargye Ling as well as in many European countries and other countries.