Thursday, April 6, 2017

A brief account of Tsakaling Lineage: A pull-out from Drukgi Nyorab by Zhingsheg Aku Lama

In hope to benefit kins in understanding their blood and bone…

Pic Curtsy: Acho Dasho Sherab Gyeltshen's Facebook
Tsakaling Chojee, a religious nobility was established by Lama Tenzin, a spiritual figure of the Yonphu Chojee started by Lama Jampel Norbu.  While Lama Jampel was said to have practiced Peling tradition, it was not clear of his family lineage according to Dasho Lama Sangnga. However, he also states that going by what is stated on a hand written catalog belonging to  Kurtoed Lugchu Chojee, Lama Jamphel was a descendent of of Pema Lingpa, while Chabje Dudjom Jigdrel Yeshey Dorji has said that Younphula Choejee belong to the lineage of Terton Ratna Lingpa. Lam Sangnga also mentions that there are others who attribute Yonphu Chojee to the Lineage of Dorji Lingpa, while we do not know Yonphu's own historical narrative on this matter. 

After Lama Jamphel Norbu, the next Yonphula Chojey was Choewang Lhendup, followed by his son Yeshey Gyalpo who had two sons, Gawa and Tenzin. Younger Tenzin a highly realized spiritual figure of the time established the Taskaling as requested by two local rulers then. As Lama Tenzin was looking for a place to establish his monastic seat, his hat stuck on a thorn of a plant in an area, which he took as an indication and made a decision to establish his seat in the same area. The place gradually came to be known as Tsakaling, meaning the hat and the Taskaling Chojee emerged from this establishment in a form of hereditary incumbency of the decedents of Lama Tenzin.