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Tai Situpa, 9th, Pema Nyinje Wangpo
(1774-1853) Pema Nyinje Wangpo mastered scholarly disciplines at an early age, and it was under his influence in the stimulating intellectual climate of Palpung that a renaissance of Buddhist thought was precipitated. He recognized the innate greatness of the child who was to achieve renown as Jamgon Kontrul Lodro Thaye (1813-1899) was one of truly magnificent scholars in the history of Tibet; he called upon his profound knowledge of all traditions, from the bon family into which he was born to the other lineages he later studied.
Situ Pema Nyinje had the ability to recognize genius and foster it, and he did so without making sectarian distinctions, which were all too common at the time. As a result he was surrounded some of the finest minds of his age. He was one of the main teachers of the fourteenth Karmapa, and he was closely associated with the yogi Chog-Gyur Lingpa and Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, who became important figures in both the Nyingmapa and Kagyupa traditions.
The ninth Situpa spent the last thirty years of his long life in retreat during which time he often amazed his monks at his seeming omniscience in managing monastery affairs from his seclusion. One story is told about how he admonished a monk to stop drinking, much to the monk's surprise. The monk naturally thought his weakness was well hidden, at least the head lama who was holed up in strict retreat.
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