Shangpa Lineage

RIDRÖ RECHEN (14th century)

Ridrö Rechen was born in Eastern Tibet, the oldest of five children, his father was Ayul and mother was Ngag Kek from a very virtuous family who lived in the mountains practicing yoga. Ridro Rechen took the lay vows of a monk at the age of nine and was given the name Ridro Rechen by Senge Dra. He received instructions from Senge Dra and was able to practice them in his dreams Ridro Rechen spent time in retreat in the plains below the village and by the age of twelve could teach the transmission of the Hevajra Tantra. At the age of eighteen, he gave commentaries on Engaging in the Bodhisattva's Path and knew the Prajnaparamita teachings by heart. At nineteen he spent about a year in Tsurpu practicing Cho and studied the Sakya branch of Buddhism with Sixth Kenchen abbot. When he was twenty-eight, he expounded on the commentaries and traveled to many monasteries throughout Tibet. Ridro Rechen met the great Shangpa adept Khyungpo Tsultrim Gon and practiced the Six Yoga's of Niguma under his guidance. After six years of practice, he asked for further meditation instructions and Khyungpo Tsultrim Gon granted his request and gave him many more teachings. Later, he presented himself to Lama Zhonnu Drup who gave him the responsibility for the Shangpa lineage. Ridro Rechen took over Dechen and maintained the teachings there before he passed away at the age of sixty-nine. During his passing the sky was filled with a rain of flowers and rainbows were seen above.