On the Connection Between Manjushri and the Khyentse Lineage

Pewar Rinpoche Chimé Dorje [born 1933] was a devoted disciple of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö, from whom he received many teachings and transmissions, and he was a favored companion of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. In addition to being one of the most revered lamas in Tibet today, Pewar Rinpoche is active in the preservation of Tibetan Buddhist art and texts. Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche has received teachings from him.

In January 2013, Pewar Rinpoche spoke about the connection between the Bodhisattva Manjushri and the Khyentse lineage. The following paragraphs are excerpted from his remarks.

Our supremely kind teacher Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö, and his previous incarnation Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, master of all teachings—both of them are emanations of Bodhisattva Manjushri, who is the one and only father of all buddhas.

Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö manifested as masters of various lineages, upholding and spreading the rimé teachings of nonsectarianism. Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö, in “A Prayer to the Previous Incarnations,” wrote, “I supplicate to the body manifestation Khyentse Yeshe Dorje [treasure revealer and a contemporary of the first Jamyang Khyentse]; the speech manifestation Ngorchen Kunga Zangpo [founder of the first Ngor monastery of the Sakya school]; the mind manifestation Wangchuk Dorje [son of the first Chokgyur Lingpa]; the quality manifestation Losal Tenkyong [guru/teacher of the first Jamyang Khyentse]; and the activity manifestation Khyentse Wangpo who is himself Manjushri.” This verse declares and clarifies that he is in fact the nonsectarian master of all lineages, and the true emanation of Manjushri.

The great Vajradhara Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö, who is the activity emanation of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, is one with, and inseparable and undifferentiable from, Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo. Situ Pema Wangchuk of Palpung Monastery once said, “The realization and qualities of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö and Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo are truly equal.”

There are three incarnations of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö, among whom the main successor and holder of the monastery seat is Dzongsar Khyentse Thubten Chökyi Gyatso Rinpoche. According to Tashi Namgyal [housekeeper for Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö], Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, HH Sakya Trizin, and HH the 16th Karmapa unanimously recognized Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche as the reincarnation of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö.

From a young age, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche has studied both sutric and tantric Buddhist traditions. He has engaged in the hearing, contemplation, and meditation on the pith instructions and methods of various lineages, and has received all the teachings, Kangyur transmissions, and empowerments of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo’s teachings.

Rinpoche has been able to satisfy the wishes of countless disciples. His teachings—both common and uncommon—are delivered in a unique way. The teachings are deep and profound in meaning, yet easy to understand and remember, and one would never tire of listening to them.

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche’s outstanding contribution to Buddhism is attributable to the blessings of Manjushri. His students are very fortunate to have met such a genuine emanation of Manjushri.