A Waterdrop from the Glorious Sea: The Sakya Tradition: A by Sherab Gyaltsen Amipa

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Kunga L09ho Gyaltshan became learned in almost all the teachings in Tibet concerning the Mahayana and Hinayana Dharmas and wrote many commentaries on the Sutras and Tantras, especially with regard to "The Eighteen Renowned Texts" of India. When he was thirty-three, he became master of the Dharma in Sakya by order of the king. From the time of Chogyal Phagpa until the reign of this lama, the Sakyapa lineage ruled the en tire land of Tibet. THE SAKYAPA LINEAGE OF RULERS. The following list of descendants shows the lineage from father to son except where otherwise noted: Kun-ga Legjung of Dhucho Palace phagpa Gyaltshan N amsa Gyaltshiin Namkha Legpa Namkha Gyaltshan Salo Jampa Dorje Ngagchang Kun-ga Rinchen, son of Sanggya Tshetan Sonam Wangpo, elder son of Ngagchen Kun-ga Rinchen phagpa Lo<;lho, younger son of Ngagchang Kun-ga Rinchen Jamgon Ama~ab Kun-ga Sonam Jamyang Sonam Wangchug Thichen Ngagwang Kun-ga Tashi Jamgon Sonam Rinchen Thichen Ngagwang Kun-ga Lo<;lho Thichen Jamgon Wangdu Nyingpo .

Furthermore, all his primary followers Were monks. e. He took delight in those who had taken vows due to their aspiration for liberation, and he never broke even the least of hispratimok~a, bodhisa[[va or tantric vows. His father, elder brother and Nyan TsugtorGyalpo gave him the complete oral teachings on the Siitras and Tantras, and he gained an understanding of the world equal to that of Virupa. While practising hissiidhana, his vajra and bell would remain suspended in midair, and the bell would sound by itseif.

Lama Mahalotsava and the Kashmiri Mahapan<;iit SiikyasrilO. " In particular, he received much instruction on the meditational deities Manjusri. Aksobhya, White Tara, Kamaraja, etc. vlanjusrl (with the mantra "Arapatsana") in a cave in Sakya (later known as the Manjusri Cave), he met with interferences sometimes in the form of a man made of conchshell and at other times in the fonn of a great lion. Qarlka wanted to obstruct his practice and that he could dispel these interferences by meditating on Aksobhya.

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