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A Brief Biography of the Venerable 3rd Drikung Ontül Rinpoché
Rinpoché's previous incarnations are connected with Drikung Orgyen Nuden Dorje, a great hidden teachings discoverer of the last century. He was well known as an emanation of Nyang Ban Tingdzin Sangpo, a great master during the 8th century. Kunzang Drodul, the elder brother of Nuden Dorje was the first Ontül. He was born into a noble family lineage in the village of Zalmo Gang in Kharn province in Eastern Tibet.
Ontül was recognized by 5th Drigung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoché Thugje Nyima to be the emanation of Drog Ban Khiu Chung Lotsawa, one of the twenty-five main disciples of Guru Padmasambhava. Since Kunzang Drodul was the elder brother of Nuden Dorje, his successive incarnations are known as Ontül, which means "the incarnation of the elder brother."
The present Ontül was born in Kham Nangchen in Eastern Tibet in 1950. Ontül Rinpoché's family lineage is called Göpé, or Pebön Thogtrul, which is one of the thirteen noble family lineages which stem from the inner lineage of Lodan Nyingpo, one of the four ancient Tulkus of the Bön religion, before Padmasambhava's time.
In 1954, His Holiness the 7th Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang Rinpoché and His Holiness the Gyalwa Karmapa Ranjung Rigpe Dorje recognized Rinpoché as the incarnation of Ontül, and he was given the name Konchog Tenzin Thrinlé Rabgyé Palzangpo. That year Ontül Rinpoché was enthroned in Dong Med Ogmin Thubten Shedrub Ling monastery. Rinpoché’s basic education in reading, writing and reciting texts was provided by Lama Kalsang Namgyal, the attendant of his previous incarnation.
When the Chinese Communist army occupied Tibet, Ontül Rinpoché and his tutor left their home monastery and began their flight to India. In India, Ontül Rinpoché was introduced to Ven. Khenpo Thubten, a great Nyingmapa teacher. The first teaching Ontül Rinpoché received from the Khenpo was an extensive instruction on the Longchen Nyingthig Ngöndro practice. Later, Ontül Rinpoché received teachings from Khenpo Thubten on many important texts. On different occasions Ontül Rinpoché received Mahamudra and Dzogchen teachings from H.H. Dudjom Rinpoché, Khunu Lama Tenzin Gyaltsen, H.H. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoché, the 3rd Kalu Rinpoché and others.