Philosopher, Author

1308 – 1363


Who was Longchenpa?

Longchen Rabjampa, Drimé Özer "Longchenpa" was a major teacher in the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. Along with Sakya Pandita and Je Tsongkhapa, he is commonly recognized as one of the three main manifestations of Manjushri to have taught in Central Tibet. His major work is the Seven Treasures, which encapsulates the previous 600 years of Buddhist thought in Tibet. Longchenpa was a critical link in the exoteric and esoteric transmission of the Dzogchen teachings. He was abbot of Samye, one of Tibet's most important monasteries and the first Buddhist monastery established in the Himalaya, but spent most of his life travelling or in retreat.

The date for Longchen Rabjampa's parinirvāṇa is often incorrectly given as having been during 1363. However, Longchen Rabjampa did not die in 1363; he died in 1364.

Longchen Rabjampa was born at Gra-phu stod-gron in g.Yo-ru in Eastern dBus in Central Tibet on the eighth day of the second lunar month of the Earth-Male-Ape year The date of Longchen Rabjampa's 'parinirvāṇa' was on the eighteenth day of the twelfth lunar month of the Water-Female-Hare year at O-rgyan-rdzong in Gangs-ri thod-kar, Tibet.

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Mar 1, 1308
Also known as
  • Longchen Rabjampa
  • Kloṅ-chen-pa Dri-med-ʼod-zer
  • Buddhism

on July 23, 2013


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