Sokpo Lhapal

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Sokpo Lhapal

Sokpo Lhapal (Tib. སོག་པོ་ལྷ་དཔལ་, Wyl. sog po lha dpal) aka Sokpo Palgyi Yeshé (Tib. སོག་པོ་དཔལ་གྱི་ཡེ་ཤེས་, Wyl. sog po dpal gyi ye shes) — one of the twenty-five disciples of Guru Rinpoche. A blacksmith by trade, he received teachings from both Nyak Jnanakumara and Guru Rinpoche. As a sign of accomplishment in the practice of Vajrakilaya, he could seize savage beasts of prey with his bare hands. On three occasions, with his miraculous power, he pacified the enemies of his teacher, Nyak Jnanakumara. He was also one of the teachers of Nupchen Sangye Yeshe.

The second throne-holder of Palyul Monastery, Pema Lhundrub Gyatso (1660-1727), was said to be one of Sokpo Lhapal's reincarnations.

Further Reading

  • Dudjom Rinpoche, The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, Its Fundamentals and History, trans. and ed. Gyurme Dorje (Boston: Wisdom, 1991), page 604-606.

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