First Pema Norbu
first Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche was born in 1679. Two prophecies predicted
his birth and assisted in his recognition. One prophecy was made by the
hidden treasure revealer Ratna Lingpa (1403-1478). In one of his revelations
it is written, "To the south of Kathog, a child with the name
Norbu will be born." Another prophecy was made by the famous
treasure revealer Jatsön Nyingpo (1585-1656). In his Maning revelation
it says: "To the south of Kathog, a child with astonishing wisdom
and compassion will be born. His name will be Norbu and if he connects
with the protector Gonpo Maning (Mahakala) revelation, spiritual attainments
will be swiftly achieved."
When Pema Norbu was still quite young, he met the treasure
revealer Migyur Dorje. From Migyur Dorje, he received permission to practice
the Namchö revelations. At the age of twenty-one, he met the great
Vidyadhara and first throneholder of Palyul monastery, Kunzang
Sherab. From Kunzang Sherab he received as many important teachings
as he could.
Pema Norbu's principle root guru was Pema Lhundrup Gyatso,
the second throne holder of The Palyul Lineage. From him Pema Norbu received
full ordination and complete transmissions of Maha, Anu and Ati Yogas,
Kagye, Gongdu, the terma revelations of Ratna Lingpa, Migyur Dorje, Jatsön
Nyingpo and many others.
On account of his perfect accomplishment, particularly
in the trekchö and tögal practices of Dzogchen, he was called
Drubwang -- "Powerful Master of Accomplishment." He became the
third throne holder of Palyul, passing away in 1757. Many of his disciples
attained full realization in their lifetime.