H. H. Jamyang Lungdok Gyaltsen or Lama Achuk (Also referred to as Khenpo Achuck Brioche or Achiu Kamabu or Lama A-chos) is an incarnation of the great terton Rigdzin Longsal Nyingpo (1625-1682)
of Kathok Monastery. He was
the head of the Nyingma Sect in China and one the foremost sources of virtue and great holinesses within Tibet. He was born in 1927 in Trom in Eastern Tibet and spent 43 years in retreat with his master, Tulku Arik Rinpoche.
At the age of eighteen, his mother offered Lama Rinpoche to Chomgy Arik Rinpoche as a personal attendant. Chomgy Arik Rinpoche was a famous master who was recognized as an embodiment of Avalokiteshvara. Lama Rinpoche served Arik Rinpoche with Three Joys for forty-three years. Even in the extreme, difficult time during the famine and the great Cultural Revolution, he did not show any negligence towards his guru. He took over the hardships from his guru from time to time. He realised all the secret meanings in Buddha-dharma based on his root of virtues accumulated in his past lives and more importantly, full faith in his guru.
In 1985, Lama Rinpoche established Yachen Gar (Yachen Orgyen Meditation Monastery) in Changtai District, Palgyu County of East Tibet, in an isolated valley near Ganzi (Kandze) in Baiyu (White Jade) County, in Sichuan Province, China. It is named “ Meditation Monastery” as it concentrates on real practice. Serab Yangdrul Rinpoche said, “Yachen Gar is built on a dragon’s palace. If Achuk Rinpoche (Lama Rinpoche) was not a genuine emanation of Vajrapani, dragon diseases such as smallpox would have spread.” He also prophesised, “If I have to describe how sublime Yachen Gar is, I would say it is the real Orgyen Copper-Coloured Auspicious Mountain from where many mahasiddhas will graduate.”
In the early stage of its establishment, there were only around a dozen disciples studying at Yachen Gar. Lama Rinpoche gave them teachings such as Ngondro (the Preliminary Practices), six Bardo Inductions, Longsal Inductions and Yeshe Lama. His disciples were required to practice four sessions of meditation on Trekchod and Togyal teachings of the Dzogchen Oral Instruction every day. His holiness then took the disciples to see Chomgy Arik Rinpoche to test the results of their practice. Arik Rinpoche praised that they had all recognized their primordial awareness, or Rigpa. From then on His Holiness and Yachen Gar became renowned throughout the world. Disciples started to gather in Yachen Gar from everywhere in Tibet and China in pursuit of such sublime teachings. As the Sangha assembly expanded very quickly, Lama Rinpoche commanded that the monks and nuns live separately along the riverbanks and strictly abiding by the Individual Liberation Precepts. Although famous for its concentration on meditation practice, extensive listening and contemplation are also advocated in Yachen Gar and meditation practice must be guided with understanding of the Dharma gained from listening and contemplation. Even when in his eighties, Lama Rinpoche still kept giving teachings. Blessed by the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas in the pure land of Uddiyana, guided by His Holiness Jamyang Lungtok Gyaltsen, also due to the disciples’ own clean good roots inherited from previous lives, more and more disciples have revealed signs of attaining the ultimate realization and inconceivable achievements in this sacred place where numerous sublime conditions are met. Khenchen Jigme Phuntsog praised many times, “Yachen Gar is a unique place for the transmission of Dzogchen teachings.” Although His Holiness has been recognized as a perfectly enlightened master and renowned throughout the world, he outlined a small part of his achievements to his disciples in order to improve their faith:
“If the master has not purified his own body, speech and mind, he is not able to truly benefit sentient beings like a blind person leading another group of blind people. I am the abbot of Yachen Gar. My body, speech and mind have all been purified. The symbol of purified body is that all the details of bright body mandalas can be clearly seen in my body. The symbol of purified speech is that I can elaborate the true meaning of ‘the inseparability of our own mind and the guru’s’ without any error in my words. The symbol of purified mind is that I myself have fully realized the union of subject and object (the ultimate awareness) and I can make my disciples who have inherent connection with me realize the same vision.
Khenchen Jigme Phuntsog confirmed that I had obtained the same sublime light body as Padmasambhava and Vimalamitra. At that time only few people could see my light body. But several years later, more and more people who had connection and faith in me could see my light body. They saw Manjushri or Vimaramitra in blue cassock or Padmasambhava or the Omniscient Longchen Rabjam in my body. Some thought there might be false visions mixed in such a confirmation method for the disciple’s vision. But that is not so. True is true, false is false.”
Lama Rinpoche is the emanation of Ven Longsal Nyingpo, which contains the strongest blessing power as if we were receiving it from Longsal Nyingpo directly. It has never been contaminated by those who have broken their vows, so the ultimate blessing of transmission is well preserved.
His Holiness lived in Yachen Gar, an encampment of thousands of monks, nuns, and lay practitioners, which he established. This is one of the largest concentrations of Rinpoches and Lamas in the entire world.