Gampopa Sönam Rinchen

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Gampopa Sönam Rinchen

Gampopa Sönam Rinchen (Tib. སྒམ་པོ་པ་བསོད་ནམས་རིན་ཆེན་, Wyl. sgam po pa bsod nams rin chen) (1079-1153/9) was born in Nyal, Eastern Tibet, he first trained as a physician, hence his name Dakpo Lharje (Tib. དྭགས་པོ་ལྷ་རྗེ་, Wyl. dwags po lha rje), the Physician of Dakpo (the name of the province in which he was to spend many years), became ordained at the age of 26 after his two children and wife died in an epidemic. After studying and practising the Kadampa teachings, at the age of 32 he met Jetsün Milarepa, of whom he was to become the foremost disciple. His own disciples included the first Karmapa Düsum Khyenpa (1110-1193) and Phagmodrupa Dorje Gyalpo (1110-1170).


  • A Precious Garland of the Supreme Path (Tib. ལམ་མཆོག་རིན་ཆེན་ཕྲེང་བ་, Wyl. lam mchog rin chen phreng ba)
ལམ་མཆོག་རིན་ཆེན་ཕྲེང་བ་, lam mchog rin chen phreng ba
དམ་ཆོས་ཡིད་བཞིན་གྱི་ནོར་བུ་ཐར་པ་རིན་པོ་ཆེའི་རྒྱན་, dam chos yid bzhin gyi nor bu thar pa rin po che'i rgyan

Further Reading

  • Jampa Mackenzie Stewart, The Life of Gampopa (Ithaca: Snow Lion Publications, 2004)
  • Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche, The Instructions of Gampopa: A Precious Garland of the Supreme Path (Ithaca: Snow Lion Publications, 1996)
  • Thrangu Rinpoche, Life and Teachings of Gampopa, Zhyisil Chokyi Ghatsal, 2003, ISBN 978-1877294303

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