with Kyabjé Kunzang & Jomo Sam’phel

Vajra Father and Vajra Mother

Ngak’chang Rinpoche with his Tsawa’i Lamas.

This photograph was taken in December 2002 when a small dedicated group accompanied Ngak’chang Rinpoche to Nepal: Ngakpa Trögyal Dorje and Naljorma Dzü’drül Pamo, Ngakma Shé-zér Khandro, Naljorpa Bar-ché Dorje, and Ngakpa Trö-rig.

It was an extraordinary time and none of those who were there with Kyabjé Künzang Dorje Rinpoche and Jomo Sam’phel will be the same again. Kyabjé Künzang Dorje Rinpoche looked through the large collection of photographs which Ngakpa Trögyal Dorje had brought with him and commented on many aspects of the gö kar chang lo appearance that he saw displayed in the scenes from apprentice retreats. He noticed Ngak’chang Rinpoche’s green to-nga with delight – and said:
I have only ever seen such a to-ngas in thangkas and described in the texts. I will show these photographs to all my friends to show them that it was still possible to wear the gö kar chang lo in the world.

On one occasion the group picnicked with Kyabjé Künzang Dorje Rinpoche and Jomo Sam’phel in what Ngak’chang Rinpoche described as:
‘ … desolation row’ – a ruinous area that resembled a bombsite; where a buffalo was being butchered; where a pile of festering rubbish was burning; where dogs were fighting over rancid scraps and rotten bones; where a man was chipping concrete from old bricks right next to us as we ate; where various other unlikely people carried out incomprehensible tasks – seemingly unaware of our presence. Kyabjé Künzang Dorje Rinpoche and Jomo Sam’phel sat in stately fashion – presiding as the Lord and Lady of the Charnel Ground. Flies settled on everyone and everything everywhere – but not one landed on Kyabjé Künzang Dorje Rinpoche or Jomo Sam’phel.