keeping the sacred sacred

Kyabje Chatral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche

Kyabje Chatral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche, Author of 'The Rain of Adamant Fire'. He is the supreme living master of the Dzogchen teachings and the regent of the Dudjom lineage.

Written in 1978 by the supreme living saint of the Nyingma lineage, the great yogi and scholar Kyabje Sangye Dorje Rinpoche, the 'Rain of Adamant Fire' attacks the cult of Dorje Shugden, arguing that association with this form of demon worship destroys one's refuge vows.

It was composed as a refutation to Dzemed Tulku Lobsang Palden's book on Dorje Shugden, a foul text compiled from the oral teachings of Trijang Rinpoche, tutor to the 14th Dalai Lama.

The full title reads: The Rain of Adamant Fire. A holy discourse based upon scriptures and reason, annihilating the poisonous seeds of the wicked speech of Dzeme Trulku Lobsang Palden by the old nyingmapa hermit Chatral Sangyey Dorje.

Now for the first time the full Tibetan text of this rare book is available for download as a PDF file (201 pages, 8.85MB). An English translation will be made available as soon as possible.


Xiong Ji


This essay on the regency of the 5th Reting Hutuktu begins with an account of the arguments surrounding the appointment of a regent following the death of the Great Thirteenth, Reting Hutuktu's initial refusal and subsequent election by drawing lots, and the Lungshar incident early on in his regency. It goes on to provide an assessment of Reting Hutuktu's 'patriotism' in dealing with the Kuomintang government and British interference in Central Asia.

The second half of the essay describes the events leading up to the resignation of Reting as regent. The author finds no substance to the slanderous rumours spread by Reting's enemies and presents evidence for Taktra's broken agreement to resign as regent after a period of two or three years.

Ji, Xiong (2005). 'Radreng the regent'. In: Tibet Studies 199001. Posted 2005-07-04. Published by China Tibet Information Centre. Accessed 31st October 2006

Seal used by the Reting Hutuktu.

Pictures of ten seals used by the Reting Hutuktu with brief commentary in Tibetan from the tham-deb bkod-par ('Book of Seals') chapter in the bod-kyi gal-che'i lo-rgyus yig-cha bdams bsgrigs ('Important Documents from the History of Tibet').


The 5th Reting Hutuktu



This it the Tibetan text of a long life prayer that was composed in 1939 by the Regent Reting Rinpoche. It was originally written for the opening ceremony of the enthronement ceremony for the young Fourteenth Dalai Lama, which took place on the 14th day of the first month of the Iron Dragon Year (1940).

A Crystal Wishing Gem is particularly interesting in that it refers to many of the previous lives of His Holiness, not only as Dalai Lama but as Indian pandits, early Tibetan kings, and the Kadampa master Drom Tonpa, founder of Reting monastery.

  The entry on ‘Reting Rinpoche’ in The Book of Reincarnation Lines of Lamas and Tulkus in Tibet, Kham and China  

This is the Tibetan text and English translation of the entry on 'Reting Rinpoche' in a list of over one-hundred and thirty reincarnations that was evidently ordered to be compiled in a Wood Dog year (1814, with little doubt) for the Tibet-resident Amban Hu-zhang. It was compiled on the basis of previous such lists. Evidently someone updated the list 6 years after it was first made (in 1820?), and added intralinear numerals to indicate the then-current age of the incumbent Rinpoches.

  Biographical entries on the Reting Rinpoches from the Dictionary of Learned And/Or Accomplished Beings Who Appeared In The Snowy Land  

Biographical entries on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th Reting Rinpoches from a dictionary of the names of various learned and / or accomplished beings who appeared at one time or another in Tibet during the last 2000 years or so of Tibetan history.



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