Second Pema Norbu
second Drubwang Pema Norbu Rinpoche was born in 1887, his birth foreseen
in a dream by Do-ngag Chökyi Nyima, the third Karma Kuchen Rinpoche
and eighth throne holder of Palyul. He was brought to Palyul Monastery
when he was seven years old. At the age of nine, Padmasambhava appeared
to him directly in a vision and blessed him.
He received novice ordination and a vast number of transmissions
from Karma Kuchen Rinpoche. His root guru was the remarkable Khenchen Ngagi Wangpo.
One of the most highly realized Dzogchen masters of this century, Khenchen
Ngagi Wangpo Rinpoche (1879-1941) was also regarded as an emanation of Vimalamitra. He
conferred upon Pema Norbu full ordination in the vinaya lineage of Shantarakshita
and gave him the secret oral teachings of Dzogchen. Through these blessings,
Pema Norbu attained realization of the primordially pure nature of all
phenomena and displayed signs of having realized the "Increasing
of Experience" of the four visions of Tögal. He also met and
received empowerments from both Mipham Rinpoche and Jamgön Kongtrul.
Khenchen Ngagi Wangpo said that in his previous lives, Pema Norbu
had been an emanation of Vajrapani; the famous minister of King Songtsen
Gampo called Lönpo Gar Dampa; the son of Trisong Deutsen called Prince
Lhase Damdzin; Lhalung Palgyi Dorje (one of Padmasambhava's twenty five
great disciples); Tertön Sangye Lingpa (discoverer of the huge Lama
Gongdu terma cycle); the first Drubwang Pema Norbu; the first Dodrupchen
Kunzang Shyenphen; and the second Dodrupchen Phuntsok Jungne.
The second Penor Rinpoche became the ninth throne holder
of The Palyul Lineage. With tremendous enthusiasm, he gave many different
transmissions and empowerments, teaching continually on the Guhyagarbha
Tantra, Jigme Lingpa's Treasury of Good Qualities and the Three Vows.
He gave the transmission of the Namchö Dzogchen teachings and the
Longchen Nyingtig tradition of Nyoshul Lungtok according to Khenpo Ngaga's
oral instructions. On five occasions he bestowed the Rinchen Terdzö
empowerments. He also composed seven large volumes of writings, renovated
monasteries, built new temples, sponsored publications, opened a new scholastic
college, and established Great Accomplishment ceremonies and other practices.
Before he died in 1932 at only 46 years of age, he appeared
in a pure vision to Khenchen Ngagi Wangpo. He told Khenchen Ngagi Wangpo that his only regret
was that he wished there had been more time to serve the Longchen Nyingthig
tradition of Dzogchen and to study more under Khenchen Ngagi Wangpo. He promised
to reincarnate very swiftly.
Khenchen Ngagi Wangpo conducted all the rituals for Pema Norbu's
passing, including the cremation. During this time, there was an earthquake
and many other amazing signs of his realization.