first Drubwang Pedma Norbu Rinpoche was born in 1679,
the eleventh rabjung year of the Earth Sheep, in Chagril.
Pedma Norbu was an emanation of the great Pandit
Vimalamitra and the Vidyadhara Terton Jatson Nyingpo.
principle root guru was Pedma Lhundrub Gyatso, from whom
he received full ordination and all the transmission of
the lineages of Kama and Terma as practiced in the
Palyul tradition. He accomplished and perfected the
practices of the stages of clear light togyal and
confidently realized the view of original purity,
trekchod. Because of these accomplishments in
practice, Pedma Norbu received the title, Drubwang,
meaning Powerful Lord of Accomplishment.
Drubwang Pedma Norbu was invited by the dharma King of
Dege, Tenpa Tsering, to visit and bless his palace.
During the visit, Drubwang Pedma Norbu said he would
perform the Vajrakilaya lama dance, from the Sakya tradition.
Although unfamiliar with this tradition having never
practiced it before, Drubwang Pedma Norbu performed the
dance flawlessly and several fortunate observers saw
that his feet were not even touching the ground.
Simultaneously, Sakya Dagchen Rinpoche, who lived far
away in central
, looked toward the east and said, “Today, in the
eastern region of Kham, an Arya Bodhisattva is
performing the Vajrakilaya lama dance, which will
liberate the boundless sentient beings who see or hear
1757, at the age of seventy-nine, the first Drubwang
Pedma Norbu Rinpoche dissolved his mind into the great
sphere of truth, producing astonishing signs. His sacred
body was placed just as it was, inside a large wooden
stupa, erected within the innermost chambers of his