A Brief History Of The Ripa Lineage
In the 17th century, the Tantric mystic Pema Deje Rolpa was born to a revered Tertön, or discoverer of visionary treasures, named Tertön Rigzin Shiney Dorje and his consort Sangyum Kyimotso. Recognized as the reincarnation of the highly accomplished Tantric master, Ripa Pawo Tinley Dorje, Pema Deje Rolpa spent years following in the footsteps of his predecessor, wandering in solitude from one power place to another. As spiritual realizations dawned within him, his realization and spiritual accomplishments became widely acclaimed. He became simply known as "The Ripa Lama"; ri meaning mountain and pa, dweller, or "the one who dwells in mountain solitudes". Pema Deje Rolpa made the wilderness his companion and as his biography notes; "He took air for his food and dressed in clouds". Carefree and fearlessly awake, the Ripa Lama was ultimately inspired to benefit countless beings by sharing his profound spiritual experience.
Guided in a vision by Padmasambava, Pema Deje Rolpa journeyed to a valley in
In the beginning of the 19th century, Jigme Tsewang Chokdup, the 5th Ripa lineage holder, fulfilled a prophecy made by Padmasambhava by marrying a highly accomplished yogini named Sangyum Palden Tsomo, the granddaughter of Drubwang Shakya Shri, one of
In brief, the Ripa lineage of revealed treasures represents a unique system that combines the monastic virtues based on the Buddhist Sutras with highly developed Tantric skills that bring forth a profound spiritual awakening or awareness that is yet direct and easily accessible. The methods of the Ripa lineage are based on the capacity and capabilities of each individual being for reaching higher spiritual attainments. This vision became the hallmark of the Ripa lineage.
The Ripa lineage developed during the lives of successive hereditary masters. In