Western Chö Master
[G]uided by a passion for truth, Lama Jigmé Jinpa has spent a lifetime teaching and healing at the highest level of integrity, often at great personal sacrifice and risk. Even in the midst of the greatest adversity, he has remained true to his values and principles, ever seeking deeper truths, and greater liberation for those around him. In the course of 40 years of inner and outer exploration, he has come to understand the true architecture of the human psyche, and exactly how we fall into so much suffering. His life is now dedicated to promogulating those discoveries in a variety of ways, so that they can make a real difference in the lives of those seeking to be fully empowered and fully liberated.
Jinpa is one of a handful of Westerners that, through advanced training, is fully authorized to transmit the dharma through teaching, empowerments and textual transmissions (wong, lung and tri) through fulfilling the following conditions:
- Completed the traditional lama training of the 3-year 3-month meditation retreat from 1986-89 under the auspices of Kalu Rinpoche and retreat master Lama Drupgyu.
- Received full ordination as a Lama/ Ngakpa (white-robed lay priest) in 2003 from the famed treasure revealor, Kunzang Dechen Lingpa, who had requested him to come to Assam specifically for that purpose.
- A minimum of three years from received to transmitting any particular practice.
- Completing, in yidam practices, the nyenpa, drupa, lejor and mechod (fire puja) for the specific deity.
Originally taking refuge with His Holiness the 16th Karmapa in 1980, in the same year, he met Kalu Rinpoche while on a pilgrimage to India. A seasoned Chopa, he has practiced Vajrayana for over 35 years. He combines his dharma background with 40 years as a healer, teacher and author, to make this sometimes complex practice accessible, dynamic and practical in daily life
Like most lamas, both illustrious and mundane, Jinpa is not a representative of any single lineage or teacher. The majority of Ngakpas and Lamas, take their training into the world to teach, heal, or practice according to their understanding, realization and integrity. Like the renowned Lama Wangdu, Hakka Rinpoche, Lama Chöying and Lama Tobchen, and on to the modern Western practitioner, our training must be tested against the world, not as a co-dependent follower, but as a leader oneself, who can tap into their own innate wisdom and compassion, to benefit this realm.
STIRRINGS of CHOD
Jinpa was first “bitten by the Cho bug” in 1980, when he heard Lama Namse perform its haunting melodies, while living at the Kagyu dharma center in Toronto. Chod is a part of the daily routine of 3-year retreat, and this deepened his connection and love for the practice. After retreat, however, he avoided any specific dharma groups for over a decade, simply persevering with his own inner work. Jinpa played “in the band” with the monks and nuns of Kunzang Dechen Lingpa for two years, journeying to Assam and Arunachal Pradesh on two occasions. Currently he is authoring Chod related books, including the definitive guide, Chod: Cutting Through to Freedom, for Snow Lion, in order to spread and preserve these traditions in an accurate and holistic way.
LAMA JINPA, HEALER
Already a well-known Naturopath, Homeopath and Chiropractor when he left his practice to enter the 3-year retreat, when Lama Jinpa returned, he had a wealth of material to integrate. For 16 years previously he had trained with Dr. John LaPlante, one of the most gifted psychic healers of our time. This had allowed Jinpa to develop an effective sensitivity and healing ability. Currently, the focus of his medical work in the application of the principles of the Five Elements to physical healing and in depth psychological transformation. Eventually the compilations of these traditional 5-element healing methods, gleaned from original Tibetan sources over three decades, will be published as 5 Element Energy Healing, both for self-healing and treating others.
Over the years Jinpa has journeyed to India and Nepal over thirty times, studying with great masters such as Dilgo Khyentse and Kunzang Dechen Lingpa. His goal as a teacher and writer is to make the precious teachings accessible to Westerners, which led him to found the School of Tibetan Healing Chod in 2006. Ever cautious and traditional, he only felt qualified to teach some 20 years after his 3-year retreat training.
Lama Jinpa is the main teacher for the School, providing a dynamic approach that combines the best of Western teaching methods and audiovisuals with the powerful blessing stream and energy of the authentic Eastern tradition.
LAMA JINPA’S TRANSLATIONS
Jinpa is one of the extremely rare Western translators who combines accuracy with a literary style and poetic vision that reflects both the author and the nature of dharma. Additionally, he has developed the first system of transliteration that actually makes sense for the English reader with no background knowledge of Tibetan. This has made the liturgies and sadhanas of the Chod school and those of PeGyal Lingpa very accessible and easy to both use and understand.
1. Prayer to MaChik (Soldeb)
2. Kusali Tsok of Jigmé Lingpa
3. Laughter of the Dakinis by Jigmé Lingpa
4. Concise Cho of PeGyal Lingpa
5. Realization on One Seat: Dentok Chikma by MaChik Labdron
7. The Nail of the Five Elements (MaChik tradition)
8. The 100 Changbu Offering (MaChik tradition)
9. Concise Changbu Offering of PeGyal Lingpa
10. Offering in Six Parts of the MaChik tradition
11. Offering to the Nine Demons
12. A Hundred Vital Essences: Ngondro of PeGyal Lingpa (4 pages)
13. The Swift Path of Tara: PeGyal Lingpa (8 pages)
14. Offering of Samsara & Nirvana: Sang of PeGyal Lingpa (9 pages)
15. Wind Horse Rituals of PeGyal Lingpa (9 pages)
16. Hooking in Prosperity of PeGyal Lingpa; Namse, Tseringma and Concise (9 pages)
17. Short Protector Prayers (Solka) of PeGyal Lingpa
18. Treasury of the Four Activities, Fire Offering (8 pages)
19. The Inner Practice of Red Vajrasattva; PeGyal Lingpa (11 pages)
20. The Dark Red Amulet: Phurba of TsaSum Lingpa (9 pages)
21. Stirring the Lower Realms: Chenrezig of PeGyal Lingpa (6 pages)
21. Burnt Offering of PeGyal Lingpa: Mar Sur (2 pages)
22. Daily Practice and Tsok of Lion Faced Dakini: PeGyal Lingpa (9 pages)
23. Long Life Practice of MaChik:Dharma Shri ()
24. Exhortation of the Eight Charnel Grounds: PeGyal Lingpa ()
1. Homeopathy for Musculoskeletal Healing. North Atlantic Books, 1999 (25,000 copies sold).
2. Homeopathic Remedies. Avery Books (Penguin Putnam), 2000 (35,000 copies sold).
3. Herbal Remedies. Avery Books (Penguin Putnam), 2001.
4. 5 Element Energy Healing: Volume 1, Self-Healing (to be published in 2015)
The Precious Rosary of Chod Feasts: MaChik’s Tradition of Tibtan Chod, 260 pages (to be completed in 2015).
Hundred Thousand Rays of the Sun: Biography of Lama Tsering Wangdu, 2010. (editor and cover design).
Lama Jinpa is working on a number of translations to reach as many serious Chod practitioners as possible. He works with a number of highly qualified Lamas, and those of the highest integrity and compassion, such as Lama Choying of Bhutan and Lama Tobchen of Nepal. He currently divides his time between California, Thailand and Bhutan.