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Paljor Döndrub - First Gyaltsap Rinpoche

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The First Gyaltsap Rinpoche, Paljor Döndrub, was born at Nyemo Yakteng in Central Tibet in 1427. When he was five the Sixth Karmapa, Thongwa Dönden, identified him as the reincarnation of Kharchen Palgyi Wangchuk, one of the twenty-five disciples of Padmasambhava, and also of Repa Zhiwa Wo. Paljor Döndrub then studied and trained under the Sixth Karmapa; the Third Shamarpa, Chöpel Yeshe; Nyakpuwa Sonam Zangpo; and Bengar Jampal Zangpo. From them he received transmission of the Kangyur and Tengyur and the full Kagyu lineage empowerments and instructions. Bengar Jampal Zangpo, one of the main disciples of the Sixth Karmapa and future root Lama to the Seventh Karmapa, was also the Lama of Paljor Döndrub.


When the Sixth Gyalwa Karmapa went into retreat near the end of his life, he bestowed the title 'Gyaltsap', or 'regent' upon Paljor Döndrub. Thus, at the age of fourteen Paljor Döndrub became the First Gyaltsap Rinpoche. Ever since, His Eminence Gyaltsap Rinpoche has been one of Four Regents of the Karma Kagyu lineage, responsible for ensuring the continuity of the Kagyu Transmission both in-between and during the incarnations of the Karmapa. The Gyaltsap Rinpoche's are also sometimes referred to as 'Goshir', National Preceptor, a title bestowed on the First Gyaltsap by the Ming Zhengtong Emperor. In Tibet he is known as Tsurphu Gyaltsap Rinpoche, due to his having built his own monastery, Chögar Gong, just behind Tsurphu.


Following the death of the Sixth Karmapa, Paljor Döndrub assumed his role as regent and took charge of Tsurphu. He supervised the construction of the Karmapa's reliquary stupa and donated the cost of a golden canopy. Before passing, the Sixth Karmapa had indicated the circumstances of his next incarnation to Paljor Döndrub. He therefore assisted in the identification of the Seventh Karmapa, Chödrak Gyamtso. Becoming one of the Seventh Karmapa's main Lamas, he imparted the full Kagyu lineage transmissions to him. When the Seventh Karmapa was five, Paljor Döndrub gave him initiations and empowerments in Amitayus, Chakrasamvara, Mahamaya, Kalachakra, and Khandro Gyamtso.


He continued teaching widely until he was sixty-three, when he passed into Parinirvana at Tsurphu, amidst wondrous signs of his accomplishment. His remains were interred in a reliquary stupa.

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