Thursday, April 6, 2017

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

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

Pic Curtsy: Acho Dasho Sherab Gyeltshen's Facebook
Tsakaling Chojee 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 clearly known of his blood lineage according to Dasho Lama Sangnga. While it is said that the Kurtoed Lugchu Chojee's hand written Kathang's catalog has stated as Lineage of Pema Lingpa,  Chabje Dudjom Jigdrel Yeshey Dorji was said to have stated that Younphula Choejee is the lineage of Terton Ratna Lingpa. But there are also others who would say it was the Lineage of Dorling (I do not know what is the account of Yonphu's own). However, the oral accounts tell of a story where a Lama who came from Tibet practicing Chod established the lineage in Yonphula, which was the Lama Jampel 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 established Taskaling as requested by two local rulers. As Lama Tenzin was looking for a place to establish his seat, his hat stuck on a thorn of a plant around this area which he took as an indication to establish his seat in the same area. The place gradually came to be known as Tsakaling, meaning the hat and the Taskaling Chojee was started from this establishment.

Lama Tenzin was married to one of the local ruler, Nyartse Poenchen Nima’s daughter from whom the second Tsakaling Chojee Choewang Dargye was born.  Chojee Choewang's son the third Tsakaling Chojee Ugyen Drukgyel who was credited to have subdued an evil serpent at Autsho in Lhuentse had only a daughter and no son. Therefore, the male heir of the lineage of Yonphula at Tsakaling seemingly ended with him. The Chojee then sends his people to get a son of Tamzhing Chojee of his time in marriage to his daughter to sustain the establishment.

The Choejee sends one of his Auzey, the cymbal master accompanied by two gamchens or the lay students to Bumthang Tamzhing with a directive. He reminds them that, as they enter the Tamzhing courtyard, the youngest of the five siblings of Tamzhing Choejey will be in the courtyard sharpening his knife and he is the destined man for Tsakaling establishment which should be approached with the proposal for marriage. He assures that the boy's parents will have no objection to the proposal.

As told by the Choejey, when the three entered the courtyard of Tamzhing, they found the youngest son of the family has just stood up from a cowhide matt having finished sharpening his knife but washing the sharpener stone. He was named Lhasey Doshel Samdrup for this significant coincidence and his role in sustaining the Tsakaling establishment. Lhasey, because he is a son of Pema Lingpa’s lineage of Nyo clan which is believed to have descended from heavenly abode; Doshel, as he was found washing the stone when the messengers arrived for him and Samdrup, because the wish of Tsakaling establishment is fulfilled through him.

One day when Chojee Lhasey Doshel Samdrup was in retreat, a bird chirped with the sound Bodhisattva (བོ་དྷི་སཏྭ) for three times after which news came in that his consort gave birth to a son and he named his son Bodhisattva. The next in line Chojee Bodhisattva had two sons. Younger Mugpo La was said to have become Jakar Dzongpon for once and the elder Pema Chojey became the seat holder after their father. He was well known for various miraculous actions including the well-known story of throwing out a pot of porridge in anger, which did not break even after having thrown out of the window of the three-storied house into the courtyard covered with stone slabs.

Pema Chojey had a son Tenzin Dhondup who took the seat after him and he had two sons. The younger Kencho was said to have become Jangphu Drungpa after pursuing a life of an attendant at the royal court, which was the grandfather of Dasho Sherub Gyeltshen’s late mother Nima Yangchen Zomba or better known as Yangchen Zomba, the wife of  Zhingsheg Dasho Lama Sangnga.

The elder Chojee Sangay Choedrag Gyatsho alsia Lama Tazig became the next in line for the Tsakaling to hold on their father's seat. He was one of the seven students of Dasho Lama Sangnga’s father Sumtrhang Drag Rinpoche, regarded as a disciple with the equivalent achievement of service as the master. It was said that, a sound of trumphet (dung) was heard in the sky for three times during his cremation signifying his accomplishment in his practice. His sons were also among some accomplished students of Drag Rinpoche. 

Lama Tagzig was married to Tshewang Palmo of Bumthang Shingkhar Chojee with whom he had three children. Youngest a daughter known as Dolma was married to Ura Tarshong Chugpo Yeshey Wangdi and the second sibling Lama Minjur was also an accomplished student of Drag Rinpoche.

The eldest Damchoe Lhendup alias Sangay Tenzin, which is counted among one of the 6 students of Sumthrang Drag Rinpoche accomplished in meditation with miraculous signs became the next in line. He was Married to Ashi Rigzin Tshomo of Kurtoed Ladrong Lama, a descendant of Phajo Drugom’s lineage. They had two daughters and two sons.

Youngest a son known as Lama Kinzang Longdroel, who was believed to be the incarnation of their grandfather Lama Tagzig was married to Yeshey Wangmo of Sumthrang’s Nyo lineage and they have a son and two daughters. The elder son Lama Chonyid Dorji was married to Tshering from Kurtoed Wawel, descendants of Nyo lineage and had four sons and a daughter.

Elder Sister, Pema Lhazin was married to Kham Mingayag Trulku from whom she had three sons and three daughters. The Younger sister was Dechen Tshomo, about whom I do not know.

Note: This is a brief pull-out from Late Aku Dasho Lama Sangnga’s benevolent work of Drukgi Nyorab 1983, the genealogical account of Nyo lineage in Bhutan.

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