Padtselling Monastery. Like the great Bodhisattva Manjushri and Vairocana who lived for the welfare of all sentient beings, the highly accomplished master Namgyal Lhundup went to Lhasa and to vow before Jowo statue and started one billion recitations of Phagpa Zangpo Chodpai Monlam for the welfare of all sentient beings. A
t that time, the Jowo Statue spoke thus:
- Son! Don’t be very ambitious
- Go instead to the south
- East of Kurje Lhakhang in Bumthang is a place
- Make it your monastic seat
- You will fulfil your dreams
- Name it Jangchub Pelri.
East of Kurjey Lhakhang, this prophesied place is located atop a ridge and amidst forests where even tree branches bow as if to welcome all visitors. Wild flowers and medicinal herbs are common sight.
The First Padtselling Trulku, H.H. Drupthop Namgyal Lhundup ( 1718-1786)
He is the emanation of Palchen Dorji Zhonu, an accomplished master who after reciting Phagpa Zabgpo Chodpai Monlam one billion times before the Lhasa Jowe was prophesied to establish his monastic seat east of Kurji Lakhang in Bumthang.
He received all the treasure teaching of Dorji Sogdrup from Rigzin Drime Lingpa, Longchen Nyingthig teaching from Rigzin Jigme Lingpa and Drukpa Kajug from Je Nawang Drukpa (reign: 1724-1730) and Je Shkya Rinchen.
As many as twenty five future teachers bearing the names Geleg Thubten Lhundup Lhun, Ugyen etc., will appear in U, Tsang, Dagpo, Kongpo, Ngalor, Mon, in the upper and lower Dokham and Lhodrag by force of their karmic connections.
The Second Padtselling Trulku, H.H. Jigme Tenpai Gyaltshen ( 1788-1850)
The Third Padtselling Trulku, H.H. Jigme Droden Dorji (1853-1883)
The Fourth Padtselling Trulku, H.H. Kunzang Thinlay Namgyal (1892-1957)
He served as the head lama of the first two successive kings of Bhutan: Ugyen Wangchuk (1862–1926) and Jigme Wangchuk (1905–1952) including Azhi and Dasho of Lam Pelri and Wangdicholing Collateral Houses etc.
The Fifth Padtselling Trulku, H.E Pema Kunzang Tenzin Gyamtsho (1960)
The fifth Padtselling Trulku, Pema Kuenzang Tenzin Gyamtsho, in keeping with his promise was born in 1960 at Bumthang Tang Namkhai Lhakhang to Binzaibi Choeje Thinley (descendant of Terchen Dorji Lingpa) and Jigme Lhamo, a very humbal family.
With the dawn of the Rat Year and an indication therewith that we the sentient beings are not diminished in merits, a reincarnation was born. Not knowing whether he was of a higher being or an ordinary child, he remained in the lap of his mother for three years.
Finally, when he was able to speak a little, the child expressed his desire to go the monastery. On meeting with his former treasurer, Sonam Dendup, the child, without having anybody to introduce him called the treasurer by name.
A little drop he took from them; a little drop he offered to his tutelary deities and yet another drop he offered to other protective deities ushering in an auspicious day for him to take care of the monastery thereafter....Lopen Gonpo Tenzin
Soon after he began to speak as a child, he uttered the name of his predecessor Kunzang Thinlay Namgyal and claimed to be his reincarnation. He also proclaimed Jangchub Pelri to be his seat and insisted on going there.
The child was referred to the Sixteenth Karmapa Rangjung Rigpai Dorji (1924–1981) to confirm the reincarnation of Padtselling Trulku. After the Karmapa’s confirmation, the child was accorded a formal recognition, and given the name Karma Choki Gyaltshen.
When he was fifteen, he joined the Tango Buddhist College, the meditation place of Phajo Drukgom Zhigpo which was then headed by Geshe Gedhuen Rinchen, the 69th Je Khenpo of Bhutan and the reincarnation of Tertoen Sogyal.
His other learning include instructions on Nyingthig Yabzhi, Kagyur Jaglung, Longchen Dzod Dun (Seven Treasures of Longchen Rabjam), Nyingma Gyud Bum (The Hundred Thousand Tantras of the Nyingma School), practice of Tsalung Rigzin Thrulkhor, Khyentse Gongter,