Khenpo Ngawang Pelzang
Khenpo Ngawang Pelzang, also known as Khenpo Ngagchung or Osel Rinchen Nyingpo Pema Lendrel Tsel, is considered by the Tibetan tradition to be an emanation of Vimalamitra, the Indian master who was responsible, with Guru Padmasambhava, for introducing Vajrayana teachings to Tibet in the 8th century and who promised to send an emanation every hundred years.
His teacher was the master Nyoshul Lungtok Tenpai Nyima (1829–1901), an incarnation of the abbot Shantarakshita, who spent twenty-eight years in the company of Patrul Rinpoche, receiving all the Nyingtik teachings, practicing them under his orientation and attaining the utmost accomplishment of the Great Perfection.
He is said to have been a most unusual child. It is said that even as a baby he displayed supernatural powers and had visions of deities. From his early teens he was kept under the guidance of Tenpai Nyima. He completed all the stages of the practice – the preliminaries, sadhana recitations, yogas, and the two aspects of the Great Perfection, trekchö and thögal.
Fully realized in the Longchen Nyingtik teachings, he is the author of the book The Guide to the Words of My Perfect Teacher, a theoretical explanation of The Words of My Perfect Teacher, written by Patrul Rinpoche, the main master of Tenpai Nyima, his root lama. His activity in benefiting beings has extended to the West, as his book is now available to the English-speaking world. This fact was predicted by Khenpo in a dream recounted to his teacher. In it he saw an immense stupa being destroyed and washed away by a river flowing west into the ocean, and he heard a voice from the sky declaring that millions of beings in that ocean would be benefited. Tenpai Nyima later explained that this dream predicted the destruction of the doctrine in the East and its spread to the West.
- Khenpo, Nyoshul (2005). A Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems: Biographies of Masters of Awareness in the Dzogchen Lineage. Padma Publications. pp. 247–256. ISBN 978-1881847410.
- Thondup, Tulku (1996). Masters of Meditation and Miracles. Boston & London: Shambhala. pp. 266–274.
- Pelzang, Ngawang (2004). A Guide to the Words of My Perfect Teacher. Boston & London: Shambhala. pp. xxii–xxv. ISBN 1590300734.
- Pelzang, Khenpo Ngawang. A Guide to the Words of My Perfect Teacher. Translated by Dipamkara with the Padmakara Translation Group. Boston, 2004.
- Rinpoche, Chatral. Compassionate Action. Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion Publications, 2007. Edited, Introduced and Annotated by Zach Larson.
- Nyoshul Khenpo, A Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems: Biographies of Masters of Awareness in the Dzogchen Lineage, Padma Publications, 2005, pp.247-256
- Smith, E. Gene, 'The Autobiography of the Rnying ma pa Visionary Mkhan po Ngag dbang dpal bzang and his Spiritual Heritage' in Among Tibetan Texts, Wisdom, 2001
- Tulku Thondup, Masters of Meditation and Miracles, edited by Harold Talbott, Boston: Shambhala, 1996, pp.266-274