The most venerable H.E. Xiazhu Qiuyang Rinpoche (also known as H.E. Xiazhu Choying Rinpoche) is a greatly accomplished one from Guoluo who is a great yoga master free of all hindrances. He is also known as Xiazhu Qiuyang Rangzhuo. The day he was born in the winter of 1945, thunder rumbled in the sky and all kinds of fresh, colorful flowers bloomed forth from the grassland surrounding his tent. Many herdsmen in that area personally saw such rare and auspicious signs. Mantra master Regong, a famous and eminent monk, identified the child as the reincarnation of his venerable master Chagailong Cichengdaji Rinpoche and the great master Naropa.
To provide a model for other living beings, H.E. Xiazhu Qiuyang Rinpoche has lived in the mountains throughout his life practicing austerities. He has personally seen the most venerable Vajrayogini and was taught by her. The rinpoche is able to soar into the sky by using his monk robes as wings. At the age of fourteen, the rinpoche became a monk and learned under Xiari Huzuo Qintu Dannima. He later learned the Buddha-dharma from more than 100 accomplished, eminent, and highly virtuous masters, such as H.H. the tenth Panchen Lama and H.H. the sixth Dharma King Gongtang Yongzeng of the Geluk sect; H.H. Dodrupchen Rinpoche and Khenpo Mengse of the Longchen Nyingtik (Great Perfection) lineage within the Nyingma sect; Kanda Chiwa Gadan of the Sakya sect; Lama Wangcai Kazhige of the Kagyu sect; and Jiana Bannan of the Jonang sect. From those masters the rinpoche learned the essence of all the teachings of the various schools of exoteric and esoteric Buddhism.
Numerous eminent and highly virtuous monks accomplished in the dharma as well as tantric masters who practiced austerities conferred upon H.E. Xiazhu Qiuyang Rinpoche all of their secret mind-dharma teachings and secret lineage empowerments. Such teachings and empowerments were conferred without reserve, like a bottle freely pouring out water.
All year round the rinpoche wanders about the mountains and wild plains. At night he sleeps in a tent inside a cave. He eats cold rice and vegetables obtained from soliciting alms and wears old clothes that he scavenged. He might drift from town to town, appearing like a madman, totally indifferent to ridicule, slander, or praise. He did not speak one word for twenty-five straight years because his mind was completely focused on the dharma. Such was his diligent and uninterrupted practice of the dharma! During that period of time, the rinpoche entered into solitary self-cultivation at many holy places in India, Qinghai-Tibet and other places in China. At one of those places in India, he engaged in solitary cultivation for seven consecutive years.
He has realized wonderful enlightenment and accomplishment through the practice of Dakini Dharma, the Great Perfection Dharma (Longchen Nyingtik), the Kalachakra Vajra Dharma (Duoluonata lineage), Green Tara Dharma, and other dharmas. It is especially significant that starting from when he was still very young he received guidance and empowerment from the most venerable Vajrayogini. As a result, he obtained numerous extremely secret dakini teachings. Great beings of holy virtue within Buddhism have recognized that the rinpoche is the true incarnation of the most venerable Naropa, who was a great master known as “the venerable leader of 100,000 dakinis.” Moreover, the International Buddhism Sangha Association held an unprecedented Drawing Lots From a Golden Vase Ceremony to affirm the true reincarnated identity of H.E. Xiazhu Qiuyang Rinpoche and others. There were ten possible identities recognized by various rinpoches. One lot was drawn from among 120 lots to affirm the true reincarnated identity of H.E Xiazhu Qiuyang Rinpoche. That drawing affirmed that H.E. Xiazhu Qiuyang Rinpoche is the incarnation of Patriarch Naropa, which is the reincarnated identity that H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III recognized before that lot was drawn.
Numerous people of great virtue, such as H.H. the tenth Panchen Lama, H.H. Dharma King Yongzeng, and H.H. Dharma King Jigme Phuntsok, have highly praised H.E. Xiazhu Qiuyang Rinpoche many times on many different occasions. One of those numerous people was Xiaridong Rinpoche, a master who became accomplished through practicing the Yamantaka Dharma. He praised the rinpoche as being “truly a greatly accomplished one in the Dakini Dharma.” H.H. Dharma King Jigme Phuntsok highly praised the rinpoche as “an extremely rare master of great accomplishment who has practiced to perfection the Four Initiations Dharma.”Examples of such expressions of praise for the rinpoche are countless. All sects of Tibetan Buddhism recognize that the rinpoche is a master of great accomplishment in the dharma and that he is a brilliant model for all practitioners of Buddhism in this world of five defilements. Because he is humble, amiable, and has vast supernatural powers that he exercises freely and without attachment, people respectfully call him “the unhindered rinpoche.” Although the rinpoche strictly abides by the ancient teaching that one may not lightly display supernatural powers, nevertheless, many of his miraculous feats are widely known, such as his ability to fly, multiply his body, move under water, understand thoroughly many different languages, foreknow disasters and blessings, and read people’s minds. Moreover, clothing worn by the rinpoche and articles that he used in his daily life have miraculous powers to bless. Countless Tibetans have been able to turn a disaster into a blessing, pass safely through a dangerous situation, and be completely healed from a serious illness all because they wore or ate a tiny piece of the rinpoche’s monk robe. In Tibet, especially in Anduo District, almost everyone knows of the legendary feats performed by H.E. Xiazhu Qiuyang Rinpoche. Furthermore, such feats have been recorded in books such as Holy Cultivation and Its Marvelous Fruits and Biographies of Ten Major Disciples of Dharma Kings.
The holy patriarch Naropa is born,
an ancient magnificent Kagyu master of Geluk practice.
He has long ago mastered the profound dharma and is unhindered.
The holy, virtuous ones in all directions praise him as being a sage.
Those with the karmic affinity to encounter him become liberated.
He is the refuge of the countless living beings.
After H.E. Xiazhu Qiuyang Rinpoche read A Treasury of True Buddha-Dharma, he immediately applied his supernatural powers and saw that the true identity of H.H. Wan Ko Yeshe Norbu is Dorje Chang Buddha, the primordial and highest Buddha in Buddhism. This corroborated the recognitions of other dharma kings of great holiness. Thus, H.E. Xiazhu Qiuyang Rinpoche respectfully wrote a congratulatory letter.