Lama Norbu Repa
Norbu Repa was born in Europe in 1949, the middle child amongst nine. The repeated loss of his closest relatives brought him swiftly to realize the truth of impermanence while turning his mind towards the practice of Dharma. From 1981 to 1996, he resided in the Himalayas: Nepal - India - Ladakh - Tibet - Kham, Qinghai Province, China. Since then he stays mainly in France where he is resident Lama at 'Theg-Chog Norbu-i Ga-Tsal' a Dharma centre established under the spiritual authority of His Holiness the XVIIth Gyalwang Karmapa.
Having taken refuge in Bodh-Gaya, the seat of Enlightenment - Bihar, India - his formal spiritual training started in 'Sherab Ling' the seat of His Eminence Tai Situ Rinpoche who gave him personally the teachings on the four foundations. The Blessings and realization received from Tai Situpa brought him to choose the life of an hermit.
Leaving Sherab-Ling for Tso-Pädma, the sacred lake of Guru Rinpoche, Norbu Repa travelled to several Buddhist Holy Places for almost a year (Ladakh, Kashmir, Madhya-Pradesh, Nepal, Bengal) while completing the Ngön-dro practices. Following this he was blessed to meet and receive guidance, teachings and initiations from several precious Masters. Amongst them were H. H. Sakya Trizin Rinpoche, H. H. Drukchen Rinpoche, Their Eminences Gyaltsab Rinpoche, Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Tulku Urgyen, Very Venerable Kalu Rinpoche, Venerable Pawo Rinpoche, Dabsang Rinpoche, Salje Rinpoche, Dzogchen Pönlop Rinpoche, Sangye Nyenpa Rinpoche, Thrangu Rinpoche, Tenga Rinpoche, Bokar Rinpoche, Drupön Dechen Rinpoche, Chogling Rinpoche, Chokyi Nyima Rinpoche and Chimey Dorje Rinpoche.
In 1983, at Sonada in West-Bengal, Norbu Repa was blessed to take part in the Precious Cycle of Initiations of the "Rinchen Ter-Dzöd" given by Kyabje Kalu Rinpoche and was ordained as a "Getsul" by H. E. Tai Situpa. For five years Norbu Repa trained in the Vinaya discipline, following the teachings of Ven. Tenga Rinpoche, while practicing the Vajrayana Path. In 1990 at Bodh-Gaya, Norbu Repa took the commitment to lead the life of a yogi, in presence of H. E. Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche. He received then ordination name "Repa Sang-Ngag Gompo". He then pursued his meditation training in retreat under the guidance of the late Drupön Rinpoche, Lama Södnam Gyurmed, abbot of the Karma Kagyüd Gompa at Swayambunath Stupa in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal.
In June 1992, the recognition of His Holiness the XVIIth Tsurphu Gyalwang Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, was going to bring major change to his life. Norbu Repa left his hermitage for Tibet. From 1992 to 1994, after attending the enthronement ceremony, Norbu Repa was in charge of the XIIth century monastery of Tashi Kang, in Central Tibet which he undertook to restore, Norbu Repa gave the monks all the needed support to reinstate their daily routine. To collect the necessary funds, he initiated the NCF Foundation in Hong Kong. Simultaneously he travelled and taught the practice of meditation, giving lectures on Vajrayana Buddhism and leading meditative workshops in Hong Kong, Belgium, France, England, Germany and the United States.
From 1994 to 1996, Lama Norbu Repa established NCF in Kham-NangXian. He initiated there several projects of assistance answering the persistent requests of the local authorities.
Since 1997, he is involved in the creation of a Dharma Centre located in the Cathar region of France where he currently stays in open retreat. In 1999, His Holiness Karmapa conferred to this place the auspicious name "Theg-Chog Norbu-i Ga-Tsal" - "The Garden of Happiness of the Unsurpassable Jewel Path".
In the spring 2006 Lama Norbu paid respect to Their Holinesses Karmapa and Dalai Lama. Presenting the work done so far in establishing TNG Centre, he requested both Holinesses to honour the Centre by their visit in the near future.
Later in June, Lama Norbu attended the ceremonies celebrating the 21st anniversary of His Holines Karmapa where he met worldwide representatives of Kagyud monasteries and Dharma Centres. He took this opportunity to develop the awareness of TNG Centre.
The rest of the year 2006 was focused on intensifying the Dharma at TNG: the calendar of events will be developed and major publication work on sadhanas and teachings will be taking place.
Further, the preparation of the enormous amount of blessing material needed to erect stupas will be prepared during the coming three years. There are nine stupas in preparation: a large one 8 meters high and a series of eight smaller ones.
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