MASTER OF THE DRUKPA ORDER
Drubpon Ngawang Tenzin
Venerable Drubpon Ngawang Tenzin is the European representative of the Drukpa Order, based in Plouray, France. For many years, he has regularly traveled to all European centers of the order, giving teachings and working intensively to spread its teachings in the West. He is visiting Hamburg for the fourth time.
Drubpon Ngawang is a lama of the Drukpa Order, which goes back to Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of universal compassion, and was founded by Tsangpa Gyare Yeshe Dorje, the first Gyalwang Drukpa. The order became famous for the purity, simplicity and asceticism of its followers and the profundity of its spiritual teachings. Qualities that distinguish Drubpön Ngawang in a special way. He is greatly appreciated and revered by all who know him for his great kindness and extraordinary patience.
So also by H.H. the 12th Gyalwang Drukpa, who was asked by Drubpön's Guru Thuksey Rinpoche shortly before his death to accept Drubpon Ngawang as a disciple and to teach him meditation. He also prophesied to S.H, "Ngawang will never betray you and he will surely serve you as he served me." Then in early 2007, S.H also elevated Ngawang Tenzin to the position of "Drubpon," which means "perfected master of spiritual practice."
H.H. 12. Gyalwang Drukpa about Him
H.H. has clearly expressed His appreciation to Drubpon Ngawang: "If you like, I am the only witness of his so positive life with our Guru. His tolerance, humility, understanding and perseverance in fulfilling the wishes of the Teacher, day in and day out, without questioning anything, fills me with deep appreciation."
And according to H.H. further, "We call him Ngawang Chenpo because Chenpo means big in Tibetan. I believe he also has tremendous vastness within himself, which gave him a wonderful time with his guru, the late Thuksey Rinpoche, in his younger years. He served him day and night for more than 15 years. Most people have no idea how hard it is physically and mentally to serve a traditional master in an authentic way, unless they know biographies of Marpa, Milarepa or other authentic masters. It is very rare for someone to serve a lama in this way. Only truly fortunate people like Drubpön Ngawang can serve their master joyfully, without rest and without doubt. Therefore, I would say that just like Drubpon Ngawang, one must be especially happy to serve without mental difficulty."
A Relaxed Person
Drubpon Ngawang himself commented that there may be many reasons and causes why such a thing was possible in the first place. For example, he said, it may be that certain qualities of character were present on his side and that these are first of all general qualities, namely that one should perhaps generally be a relaxed person, have a certain basic relaxation in one's personality and that one should have a healthy ethical foundation. Likewise, the ability to be patient and trust in the Lama. He himself had been greatly blessed by this.
We would like to thank Gino Leineweber, freelance writer and chairman of the Buddhist Vihara e. V. Hamburg, who provided us with the article he wrote about his interview with Drubpon Ngawang. Here is the full article (PDF)