Dagpo Tashi Namgyal

Philosopher, Deceased Person

1511 – 1587

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Who was Dagpo Tashi Namgyal?

Dakpo Tashi Namgyal was a lineage holder of the Dagpo Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He was also trained in the Sakya lineage, and "was renowned as both a scholar and yogi."

He helped establish Nalandra Monastery in 1425 (named after the ancient Nalanda), with Sakya master Rongton Sheja Kunrig (1367–1449). Later in life he served as chief abbot of the Kagyu Daklha Gampo Monastery in southern Tibet.

His "most famous works" were two Mahamudra texts, Moonlight of Mahamudra and Clarifying the Natural State. The latter is a meditation manual which

"sketches the path of meditation from the initial steps of the general and specific preliminaries ...," focusing on "the establishment and stabilisation of mindfulness and calm, through shamatha practice, and developing analytical understanding through vipashyana techniques."

As of 2012, some of his works were available in Tibetan in the "Rigpa Dorje Practice Series."

"Much of what we know about Tashi Namgyal and his reincarnations has come from an account written down by Lama Trinle Choedak, the personal tutor of the 6th Zimwock Rinpoche."

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Born
1511
Religion
  • Buddhism
Ethnicity
  • Tibetan people
Profession
Died
1587

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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