Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Annniversary of Gampopa

Today is the anniversary of Gampopa Sönam Richen (1079-1153/9).

Gampopa was Milarepa's foremost disciple. He was born in Nyal, Eastern Tibet. He first trained as a physician and was known as Dakpo Lharje, the physician of Dakpo, the region in which he lived for many years. He was ordained at the age of 26 after his two children and wife died in an epidemic.

He met Milarepa at the age of 32, after studying and practising the Kadampa teachings. His own disciples included the first Karmapa, Düsum Khyenpa (1110-1193), and Phagmodrupa Dorje Gyalpo (1110-1170).

Gampopa founded the Dakpo Kagyü school of Tibetan Buddhism, by bringing together the Drupgyü and Kadampa lineages. His major works include The Jewel Ornament of Liberation.

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