The Seed of Faith (2)
By Khenpo Tamdin Gyalpo & Translated by Dr. Gyurme Dorje
Family Background & Birth
Among all these successive emanations, Yangsi Rinpoche the lord of refuges, issued from the familial lineage (gdung rgyud) of the local ruler and religious king of Kanam, who had been granted dominion in Puworong by Pude Gungyal or Jatri Tsenpo, the ninth king in the line of the first Tibetan monarch Nyatri Tsenpo. His father was Dola Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche, a son of the late lord of refuges Dudjom Rinpoche, and the sixteenth incarnation in the line of Dola Chokyi Drakpa, who has been an actual student of Drogon Chogyal Phakpa. His mother is Pema Khandro. He took birth as their son at Jyekundo in Kham, one among the six precious tribal groups of Gawa in the Upper Dokham (mdo stod) region of Eastern Tibet, on the twenty-fifth day of the second month of the Iron Horse Year of the seventeenth Tibetan year cycle (1990)—a day of the lunar calendar when the dakinis gather.
While he was in his mother’s womb and also at the time when he was born, his venerable father experienced a dream in which the lord of refuges appeared in his own quarters, in a disposition that brought joy to the Sugatas. He saw him seated upon a high and resplendent teaching-throne. Then when he was actually being born, rays and lights permeated the bedroom inside and outside, and there were other such wondrous signs. Diverse wondrous signs also arose in the locality of Jyekundo, which was pervaded by an auspicious and virtuous light. For these reasons, all members of the monastic body and the lay community, high and low, said that a truly sublime individual had undoubtedly taken birth upon the earth. In this way the pleasant news permeated the world—East and West, like the wind.