ADZOM GYALSE GYURME DORJE
1895 – 1959
The great renowned treasure revealer Drodül Pawo Dorje (Adzom Drukpa), is a combination of the wisdom activities of Guru Rinpoche, Pelwang, Ma Rinchen Chok and Khandro Yeshe Tsogyal. According to the predictions of the Great Jamgön Kongtrul Rinpoche and Ja Rong Tertön Rinpoche, his wife Khandro Tashi Lhamo gave birth to a third son, who was born on the Fire Monkey year – 1895, amid numerous marvelous signs.
He was inseparable from his father and main guru, who with great love transmitted to him the very essence of the pith instructions, the path of the Natural Great Perfection, from the preliminary practices to the advanced stages of trekchö and togal. Adzom Drukpa conferred on Gyurme Dorje the entire secret treasury of spiritual advice, including the teachings of the secret Nyingthig, The Heart Drop of Chetsun, and his own profound termas; Gyurme Dorje put them into practice, and realization arose in him.
Adzom Drukpa entrusted his son as a master of the teachings of the ultimate lineage, installing him as his successor at their main seat. Placing his two hands on Gyurme Dorje’s head and gazing to the sky, said, “I have passed and entrusted you completely all I have known, my teachings and realization, and now you’re responsible to serve sentient beings as much as you can”. Thus radiating so many small white lights from his nose he finally went into the Mahaparinirvana, the space of Primordial Absolute Nature.
After that, Gyurme Dorje followed his directive and turned the wheel of the dharma, including the very essence of the supreme secret. All the communities of his hundreds of thousands of students regarded Gyurme Dorje as indistinguishable from the precious lord guru Adzom Drukpa. Even the older students, overcoming their hesitation, bowed at his feet. Gyurme Dorje’s activities and the benefit he ensured for beings spread to fill all of space. In these later times, he was a pivotal figure in transmitting the Dzogchen teachings.
Gyurme Dorje wrote many commentaries, including a detail explanation on the“Sutra of the Recollection of the Three Jewels”; A Commentary on the Great Graduated Path of Magical Display, commentary on the Prayer of Good Actions (bhadracarya pranidara), Explanation of the Mandala, Presentation on the four Kinds of Empowerment, also a commentary about Guru Yoga and many other various text. Although Gyurme Dorje received the transmission of many caches of profound termas in his visions of Guru Rinpoche, he did not codify many of them, but focused instead on transmitting more ancient termas.
End of his Life
By 1958 he was sent to prison when the crisis started in Tibet. It was said that when his hands were tied by the handcuffs, police were amazed when it got loose immediately. When he was in prison he said to his disciple Kunzang, “this entire bad situation that falls upon us happens due to our own karma, which indicates that we were more careless by following the law of cause and effect. But no matter what happens, Buddhadharma, in particular the Heart Essence (Nyingthig) will flourish endlessly like sunshine”. On the morning of the 10th day, 5th month of Earth Pig year – 1959, when he was 64 years old, after benefitting lots of sentient being and without much illness, he attained the Mahaparinirvana, the Absolute Nature with miraculous signs such as radiating white rays and rainbow lights.