Ven. Lama Lobsang Chodak,
the IXth Neten Tulku Rinpoche

Historically, Neten Rinpoche's life story can be traced back to the time of Buddha Sakyamuni. "Neten" is the Tibetan word for "Arhat" (which is translated to English as "Foe Destroyer", and defines a person who has destroyed his or her delusions and has attained liberation from cyclic existence). There were sixteen renowned Arhats. Neten Rinpoche's lineage can be traced back to the eleventh Arhat, named Lam Tran Ten, who was reborn many times as a Mahasiddha, in both India and Tibet. Today this great Teacher of the Dharma is known as Ven. Lama Neten Tulku Rinpoche and is recognized as the head of the Chungba Monastery in Tibet.

Chungba Monastery in Kham, Eastern Tibet, was built by the 1st Neten Rinpoche who was the Tulku of Tsangchung Sangye Pasang, a disciple of Lama Je Tsongkhapa (1357-1419). The present Nenten Rinpoche, Ven. Lobsang Chodak is the ninth in a line of reincarnations that spans over five hundred years as abbot of Chungba Monastery. He was born in 1964 just over one year after the passing of the 8th Nenten Rinpoche, a compassionate lama who led a model monastic life. By the time he was recognized and enthroned as the 9th Nenten Rinpoche in 1986, he was already a great scholar at Sera Mey Monastic University in South India. He was an expert in Tantric rituals and had won the respect of the other monks both as a Dharma teacher and a debater. After obtaining his Geshe Lharampa degree in 1994, Nenten Rinpoche studied at Gyume Tantric College for four years and held the respected position of Geko (discipline master). Currently, Neten Rinpoche teaches monks at Sera Mey Monastery in India.



CHUNGBA MONASTERY, TIBET

Today, there are approximately 200 Chungba monks studying and teaching Dharma, with 104 studying in India and about 100 living in Chungba, Tibet. The Chungba monks in India are studying and living at the new residence at Sera Mey Monastery.

However in Chungba, Tibet, most monks are not living in the monastery, but in their family homes. There is not enough room for them to sleep in the monastery because it is completely run down. This is very much a temporary solution, which Rinpoche seeks to rectify by rebuilding his monastery. In 1985, a temporary Prayer Hall was built on top of the old one. The old Chungba monastery stone provided the foundation for the rebuilding of the prayer hall. Now, some 18 years later, due to the weather and the insecure foundation, the prayer hall is again falling into disrepair. Neten Rinpoche wishes to raise enough funds so that the new monastery will be rebuilt with today technology and using cement concrete for the foundation instead of the old stone.

For the people of Chungba, the community who for the five hundred years have relied on Neten Rinpoche's teachings, it is their hope to see the Chungba Monastery restored, Buddhist teachers return and the Dharma teachings flourish in the region once more. Any assistance is gratefully appreciated for altogether we could certainly help Neten Rinpoche realize his mission and his dream.






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