Golok Serta Rinpoche
Golok Serta Rinpoche (1891-1963 or 1964) (also known as Pema Lungtok Gyatso (Wyl. pad+ma lung rtogs rgya mtsho, and Golok Wangdé Lingtrul was a great Chö practitioner of the Dudjom Tersar lineage. Born in 1891, he was 8 years old when he met Dudjom Lingpa, and continued his training with Goser Onpo Khyenrab Gyasto Rinpoche, one of his main students. He became one of the principal heart-sons and dharma custodians of the great Tertön Dudjom Lingpa Traktung Dorje.
In 1923, he walked to Western Tibet and reached the base of Mount Kailash. He heard there for the first time of Degyal Rinpoche, a lama from Golok who had been a student of Dudjom Lingpa. He then went under training with Degyal Rinpoche.
In 1946, Golok Serta Rinpoche went for a pilgrimage to India, and traveled all across the Himalayan mountains. He used to teach Dharma during summer, while staying secluded in retreat during winter.His root master Degyal Rinpoche was reborn within his own family, as his son, and was name Second Degyal Rinpoche
In 1961, he went to India and met Dudjom Rinpoche in Kalimpong, who was then giving the transmission of the Nyingma Kama. It was on this occasion that Dudjom Rinpoche put him on a throne and introduced him to all participants, calling him 'Serta Drupchen', the great accomplished one from Serta.
Having attained the most excellent degree of scholarly learning and a lofty level of accomplishment, it seems he composed a great many works. Of these, today we may find only this presentation of the nine yanas, an explanation of the Chöd practice of Dudjom Lingpa and a collection of practices related to Tara.
Among his sons and daughters are:
- Machik Zangmo
- Second Degyal Rinpoche, the incarnation of his root master
- Shakya Dorjé
- Tséwang Dorjé
- Tendrel Zangmo
Among his disciples are:
- Péma Kundröl Gyalpo
- Tsultrim Gyatso Rinpoche
- Lama Katak Rigzin Dorjé
- Lama Thubten Phuntsok
- Lama Tongnyé
- Lama Pema Tashi
- Yonten Gyatso aka Khenpo Yönga
- Lama Jampal Rabgyé
- Gourou Shri Zagat Prakash Lama.
Golok Serta Rinpoche's tulku is his own grand-son, Shiva Rinpoche.