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Dagam Wangphuk. The place at Pawo Wangchen Drak where Chokgyur Lingpa discovered many termas. RY

Dagchen Kunga Legpai Gyaltsen: -1336 [MR]

Dagchen Namkha Gyaltsen: 1312- [MR]

Dagchen Wangdu Nyingpo (bdag chen dbang 'dus snying po, 1765-1806), the thirty-third holder of the throne of Sakya. [MR-ShabkarNotes]

Dagla Gampo (dvags la sgam po), the place where Gampopa lived. It is said that such was the devotion of Gampopa's disciples that some of them realized the meaning of Mahamudra simply by seeing the Dagla Gampo mountain from afar. [MR-ShabkarNotes]

Dagla Gampo Orgyen Drodul Lingpa - (dvags la sgam po'i mchog sprul o rgyan 'gro 'dul gling pa, 1757-?), also known as Jampel Trinley Wangpo ('jam dpal phrin las dbang po) and Terton Dorje Gyalpo (gter ston rdo rje rgyal po, see GC, vol, 4, pp.137-48 and ND p. 339-46). On Dechen Gyalpo's incarnation, see ND, pp. 345-6. [MR-ShabkarNotes]

Daglu Phungkham. [RY]

Dagmema (bdag med ma) was Marpa Lotsawa's wife. [MR-ShabkarNotes]

Dagnang. [RY]

Dagpo {dwags po}. The unequalled Gampopa. Gampopa was born in Nyal, eastern Tibet. He first trained as a physician, and after having studied and practiced the Kadampa teachings, at the age of thirty-two he met and became the foremost disciple of Jetsun Milarepa. [RY]

Dagpo Drumpa (dwags po bhrum pa), a noble family from Dagpo established in Lhasa. [MR-ShabkarNotes]

Dagpo Lharje (dwags po lha rje, 1079-1153) the Physician of Dagpo, is one of Gampopa's names. See chap.10, note 45. [MR-ShabkarNotes]

Dagpo Shedrup Ling (dwags po bshad sgrub gling), a monastic college, seat of the fifth Shamar Konchog Yanlak (dkon mchog yan lag, 1525-83). Also the place where the 8th Karmapa, Mikyo Dorje (mi skyod rdo rje) passed away (1307-1554). [MR-ShabkarNotes]

Dagpo Tashi Namgyal: 1512-1587. [RY]

Daily Confession for Mending Samayas (dam tshig skong ba'i rgyun bshags). [ZL] [RY]

Daily Practice Manual of Tukdrub. (thugs sgrub rgyun gyi bkol byang). The condensed version of the guru sadhana of Lamey Tukdrub Barchey Künsel. [RY]

Daka (dpa' bo). 1) Emanation of the chief figure in the mandala to fulfill the four activities; male counterpart of dakinis. 2) Male enlightened practitioner of Vajrayana. The Bardo Guidebook ISBN 962-7341-11-8 [ZL] [RY]

daka [LW1] [RY]

Dakas (mkha' spyod) a class of sky going beings; masculine counterpart of dakinis; tantric deities who protect and serve the Dharma. [RY]

Dakas {dpa' bo}. Lit. Hero. Male equivalent of a dakini, tantric equivalent of a Bodhisattva. [RY]

Dakas and dakinis (dpa' bo mkha' 'gro). These names have many levels of meaning which should be understood according to the context. [RY]

dakas and dakinis [LW1] [RY]

Dakini (mkha' 'gro ma). 1) Spiritual beings who fulfill the enlightened activities; female tantric deities who protect and serve the Buddhist doctrine and practitioners. Also one of the 'Three Roots.' 2) Female enlightened practitioner of Vajrayana. The Bardo Guidebook ISBN 962-7341-11-8 [RY]

Dakini (mkha 'gro ma). Beings of the form of women, of many types from witches and fiends, through various grades of guardians of the Doctrine, to fully Enlightened deities. [RY]

Dakini (mkha' 'gro ma). One of the three roots. Spiritual beings who fulfill the enlightened activities, female tantric deities who protect and serve the Buddhist doctrine and practitioners. [RY]

Dakini (mkha' 'gro ma). One of the three roots. Spiritual beings who fulfill the enlightened activities. However, the different levels of meaning should be understood in each context. [RY]

dakini (mkha' 'gro ma). See also Three Roots. See also Yeshe Tsogyal; literal meaning of; object of refuge; root of activity; script; sign script; three types; using symbols; Vajrayana Sangha [LW1] [RY]

Dakini and dharmapala, the roots of activity (mkha' 'gro chos skyong phrin las kyi rtsa ba). RY

dakini Lekyi Wangmo (mkha' 'gro las kyi dbang mo), who received the Vajrayana teachings from Vajrasattva and transmitted them to the first human guru of this lineage, Humchenkara, one of the eight Vidyadharas of India. She also entrusted to Guru Padmasambhava, here Pema Jungney (Skt. Padmakara, the "One Originated from the Lotus"), the transmission of the Eight Commands, the Union of the Sugatas (bka' brgyad bde gshegs 'dus pa). [MR-ShabkarNotes]

dakini script (mkha' 'gro'i brda' yig); expl.; [LWx] [RY]

Dakini Singhamukha. Singhamukha: "The Lion-Faced Dakini". (seng ge gdong pa can). Peter Roberts; RY -
Singhamukha, The Lion-faced Dakini.jpg (See more of Nick Dudka's thangka artwork, here> [1])

Dakini Teachings (Shambhala Publications) [LW1] [RY]

Dakini Teachings: Padmasambhava's Oral Instructions to Lady Tsogyal (Shambhala Publications). A collection of the great master's advice from the revelations of Nyang Ral, Sangye Lingpa and Dorje Lingpa. Covers the topics of taking refuge, bodhisattva vows, the vajra master, yidam practice, retreat, and the qualities of fruition.[AL] [RY]

Dakinis are female celestial beings of varying levels of realization. The wisdom dakinis are fully enlightened deities. Mamos are wrathful dakinis. [MR-ShabkarNotes]

dakinis; literal meaning of; [LWx] [RY]

Dakinis (Tib. - mkha' 'gro ma) a class of sky going beings; dakinis represent the inspirational impulses of consciousness leading to understanding and wisdom; goddesses or female tantric deities who protect and serve the tantric doctrine. [RY]

Dakinis {mkha' 'gro}. Lit. Sky walker. Female Bodhisattvas who manifest to help the doctrine and beings. [RY]

Dakinis and wisdom protectors (mkha' 'gro chos skyong) are the root of the pacifying etc. activities. [RY]

Dakpo Gomtsul (nephew of Gampopa): 1116-1169. [RY]

Dakpo Kagyu (dvags po bka' brgyud). The Kagyu lineage as transmitted through Gampopa who is also known as Dakpo Lhaje, the 'Doctor from Dakpo.' [RY]

Dakpo Tashi Namgyal (dvags po bkra shis rnam rgyal). (b.1512/1513, d.1587) [RY]

Dakpo Tashi Namgyal (dvags po bkra shis rnam rgyal, 1513-1587), a descendant as well as an incarnation of Gampopa and a holder of the throne of Dagla Gampo (dvags la sgam po). (See GC, Vol 4, pp.113-115 and JK, Vol Da, p.333). He studied with many masters, including Karma Trinlepa (kar ma phrin las pa) and Khenchen Sakya Zangpo (mkhan chen sha kya bzang po). He is the author of several commentaries on various aspects of contemplative life, including the famed Three Cycles of Light-rays ('od zer skor gsum), one of which, the zla ba'i 'od zer, has been translated into English (Mahamudra, The Moonlight: The Quintessence of Mind and Meditation, L.P. Lhalungpa, transl. 1986). As communicated by Tashi Tshering, a short biography of Tashi Namgyal is found in folio 83 of the biographies of Gampopa's successors (gangs can 'dir ston pa'i rgyal tshab dpal sgam po pa'i khri gdung 'dzing pa'i dam pa rnams kyi gtam be dur ya'i phreng ba). It was written by one Zangpo (bzang po) at Dagla Gampo in 1662 and is presently kept at the library of Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim. [MR-ShabkarNotes]

Dakpo Tulku Rinpoche [LW1] [RY]

Dalai Lama - Title given an incarnation lineage that traces to the Tibetan master dge 'dun grub; regarded as an incarnation lineage of Avalokiteshvara. (RY)

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, Tenzin Gyatso.jpg
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso

Dalai Lama. [RY]

Damaru - small ritual drum used in tantric ceremonies. [RY]

Damaru (da ma ru). A hand drum for Vajrayana/Tantric rituals. [RY]

Damaru or (cang te'u). Tantric drum. [RY]

Damchen Chogyal - The Pledge-holder Dharma King (dam can chos rgyal) is one of the three main protectors of the Gelukpa tradition. Tsongkhapa received a prophecy that the followers of his lineage must propitiate one of three protectors, and none other, failing which the Gelukpa tradition would decline. These three are: (1) Namsey (rnam sras), for beings of lesser faculties, (2) Damchen Chogyal (dam can chos rgyal), for beings of medium faculties, and (3) Gonpo Chadrukpa, the Six-armed Mahakala (mgon po phyag drug pa), for beings of highest faculties. These three categories of beings correspond to those explained in the Great Graded Path (lam rim chen mo) written by Tsongkhapa. [MR-ShabkarNotes]

Damchen Trak. [RY]

Damcho Shokde Drukpa. [RY]

Damdzin (dam 'dzin). A name for the second son of Trisong Deutsen. [RY]

Damdzin (dam 'dzin). See Murub Tseypo [LW1] [RY]

Damdzin; alias Yeshe Rölpa Tsal; expl. [LWx] [RY]

Damngak Dzö (gdams ngag mdzod) [LW1] [RY]

Damngak Dzo (gdams ngag mdzod). The 'Treasury of Oral Instructions.' A collection of 13 volumes containing the essential teachings of the Eight Practice Lineages. One of the 'Five Treasuries' by Jamgön Kongtrül the First. [RY]

Dampa Kunga (dam pa kun dga'). The Indian master Phadampa Sangye who brought the teachings of Shije to Tibet. [RY]

Damsi (dam sri). Samaya perverter; a certain type of malevolent spirit. [RY]

Danakosha; expl. [LWx] [RY]

Danakosha; Treasury of Wealth (nor gyi mdzod). [RY]

Danarakshita (Skt.). [ZL] [RY]

Danasamskrita (nor gyi legs sbyar) [LW1] [RY]

Danashila (Skt.). [ZL] [RY]

Danyi Chenpo Sangpo Pal: -1262 (held the throne 1343-1344) [MR]

Danyi Khala Rongo (zla nyi kha la rong sgo). A sacred place in the East Tibetan province of Kham. [RY]

Darchen (dar chen) or Darpoche (dar po che), the Great Flag: a prayer flag that is so huge that a hundred men are required to raise the pole. The pole is raised every year after changing the flag on the full moon of the fourth lunar month (sa ga zla ba), the month of the birth, enlightenment, and parinirvana of the Buddha. There is a small temple and a marketplace--the only one in the Mount Kailash area. MR-ShabkarNotes]

Darikapa [LW1] [RY]

Dark age of degeneration (snyigs ma'i dus). The present age, when the five degenerations are rampant - those of life span, the era, beings, views and disturbing emotions. See also 'five degenerations.' [RY]

Dark Blue Guardian of Mantra (sngags srung smug mthing). [ZL] [RY]

Dark Red Yama Tantra (gshin rje dmar nag gi rgyud). Tantra belonging to the Sadhana Section of Mahayoga. [ZL] [RY]

Dark Red Yamantaka (gshin rje dmar nag). [ZL] [RY]

darkness-retreat (mun mtshams)". The dark retreat, a part of the Mahasandhi teaching, is held in a retreat of complete darkness for forty-nine days. [Peter Roberts]

Darma (dar ma). Tibetan translator predicted by Padmasambhava. [ZL] [RY]

Dathim (brda' thim). Literally 'sign dissolved,' this word often occurs at the end of a terma.[AL] [RY]

Datura (Skt. - (dhattura), Tib. - da du ra or dha du ra). the white thorn-apple, Datura alba, mentioned in commentary to MA VI.25 as a drug that distorts the perceptions. [RY]

Dazang Rinpoche 6, 8 [RY]

death and impermanence [LW1] [RY]

Deathless Lord - This image refers to Indra, also called the Lord of the Deathless Ones (= the God of Gods), who lives in the All-Victorious Mansion in the Thirty-three-fold celestial realm, and rides upon a thirty-two-headed elephant. [MR-ShabkarNotes]

death-stars. "Death-stars" are the present day term for what is called a "wheel" in the Tibetan. A "wheel" as a weapon, being a disc, its rim composed of sharp spikes. It is hurled at an enemy. It is said that Songtsen Gampo had such weapons but of immense size. He banned their use due to the extensive destruction they caused. This "weapon-wheel" or "death-star" plays a prominent part in the sadhanas of many wrathful deities and protectors, often forming a dais upon which they are situated, or even being their palace. [Peter Roberts]

Dechen Chodron (bde chen chos sgron) [LW1] [RY]

Dechen Gyalpo (bde chen rgyal po). One of the 12 manifestations of Guru Rinpoche. [RY]

Dechen Ling, Rina Monastery, (bde chen gling ri sna dgon). According to Ven. Khetsun Sangpo, this monastery is located by the Kyichu River, east of Lhasa. [MR-ShabkarNotes]

Dechen Paldron. [RY]

Declarations (gleng gzhi); 1 of 12 aspects of excellent speech. [LW1] [RY]

Dedication (bsngo ba). The wish that the goodness created through one's spiritual practice may cause temporary benefit and ultimate enlightenment for all beings. [RY]

Dedication {bsngo ba}. Any virtuous deed we do should be dedicated for the sake of enlightenment of all beings. [RY]

Deer Park - Location in Sarnath where Buddha first set in motion the Wheel of the Dharma, teaching his five former disciples [RY]

Deer Park [LW1] [RY]

Defiled mind (nyon yid, nyon mongs pa'i yid kyi rnam par shes pa). The aspect of mind which, taking the all-ground as reference, conceives the thought "I am," one of the eight collections of consciousnesses. [RY]

defiled suchness (dri bcas de bzhin nyid) [LW1] [RY]

Defilement (Klesha, nyon mongs (pa). Negative emotions involving one or more of the three poisons (greed, hate and delusion), under whose influence we create actions that cause us to be reborn in samsara. They include six root defilements - ignorance, attachment, aversion, pride, defiled doubt and wrong view - and secondary defilements, sometimes counted as twenty. [RY]

defilement; definition of the word [LW1] [RY]

Definite Essence Tantra (nges pa snying po'i rgyud). One of The Twenty-five Tantras of the Great Perfection taught by Shri Singha to Vairochana. [ZL] [RY]

Definite goodness (nges par legs pa). True and complete enlightenment. [RY]

Definitive Commentary on the Wisdom Mind; Skt. - (Samdhinirmocana-sutra); (mdo dgongs pa nges 'grel). [PK] [RY]

definitive meaning (nges don) [LW1] [RY]

definitive meaning (nges don); expl.; of homage; sutras of [LWx] [RY]

Definitive meaning (nges pa'i don). The direct teachings on emptiness and luminosity as opposed to the 'expedient meaning' which leads to the definitive meaning. [RY]

definitive meaning of homage [LW1] [RY]

Dega. [RY]

Degenerate age, times of decline, etc. (snyigs dus). The present age, when the five degenerations are rife - those of lifetime, the era, beings, views and defilements. [RY]

Deha. One of the eight sub-continents. [RY]

Deity (Skt. - (deva), Tib. - (lha); in feminine, Skt. - (devi), Tib. - (lha mo). Enlightened Being taken as an object of practice. [RY]

Deity with attributes (mtshan bcas kyi lha). The ultimate deity is the dharmakaya of our own mind. In order to realize this natural state, we use the support of an enlightened being with face arms, legs, ornaments, etc.. [RY]

Delusion - Skt. - (moha), Tib. - (gti mug) or (rmongs pa). Most important of the three poisons. [RY]

Demchog Sangye Nyamjor. [RY]

Demigod (lha ma yin). One of the six classes of beings whose mentality is dominated by competitiveness and warfare. [Bardo Guide 91] [RY]

Demigod (lha ma yin). One of the six classes of beings. [RY]

Demo Gelegs Gyatso - a regent from 1757 until his death in 1777. Restored Samye in 1770 [MR]

Demo Rinpoche Gelek Gyatso (de mo rin po che, dge legs rgya mtsho, d. 1777) himself had visions of Guru Padmasambhava, Thangtong Gyalpo, and others (see GC, vol. Ga, p.227). He received the full transmission of Dechen Gyalpo's termas. [MR-ShabkarNotes]

Demo Rinpoche, (de mo rin po che) - see chap.9, note 31. He died of smallpox in 1819. Under his regency Tibet knew a period of peace and prosperity. The regency then fell to a weaker character, Tsemön Lingpa, Ngawang Jampel Tsultrim (tshe smon gling pa ngag dbang 'jam dpal tshul khrims), who ruled from 1819 to 1844. See Shakabpa 1976 and 1984. [MR-ShabkarNotes]

Demo Rinpoche, (de mo rin po che) - whose full name was de mo ngag dbang blo bzang thub bstan 'jigs med rgya mtsho. He acted as regent-king from 1811 until his death in 1819. [MR-ShabkarNotes]

Demo. [RY]

Demon (bdud}. Negative force which prevents one from revealing enlightenment. [RY]

Demon of arrogance (snyems byed kyi bdud). The pitfall of becoming self-infatuated with one's state of temporary experience. One of the 'four Maras' according to Chod practice. [RY]

Demon of disease of sickness (gra ha, gdon). [RY]

Demons of rotting corpses, kataputana, (lus srul po). A kind of preta. [RY]

demons, four maras - The first of the four demons is the demon of the Lord of Death, which cuts our life short. Second is the demon of the physical aggregates, which prevents the attainment of the rainbow body. Third is the demon of the disturbing emotions, the three poisons which prevent liberation from samsara. Finally there is the demon of the son of the gods, which is distraction in the meditation state and the tendency to postpone practice. Procrastination is the mara of the son of the gods, which creates obstacles for samadhi. The real demon is our conceptual thinking. Falling into conceptualization is the demon. By recognizing our mind essence, all demons are defeated; the four maras are vanquished and all obstacles are done away with. The main point is to train in that. [Primer] [RY]

Denkarma - (ldan dkar ma) - Eighth century Tibetan palace; home of an important collection of Tibetan translations catalogued early in ninth century by several leading translators. [RY]

Denma Tsemang (ldan ma rtse mang). Important early Tibetan translator of the Tripitaka. Extremely well-versed in writing, his style of calligraphy has continued to the present day. Having received Vajrayana transmission from Padmasambhava, he had realization and achieved perfect recall. He is said to be the chief scribe who wrote down many termas, including the Assemblage of Sugatas, connected to the Eight Sadhana Teachings. [AL] [RY]

Densathil - Monastery of Densathil (gdan sa mthil) lay west of Ngari Tratsang (mnga' ris grwa tshang), at the border of Yon and Zangri, in a scenic valley with high cliffs, cascades, and beautiful groves of flowering shrubs and juniper trees. It was founded by Phagmo Drupa who used to live there in a small meditation hut made of willow branches. Many disciples soon came to live near the saint. After his death, the place came under the rule of the Drigung hierarchs who built a large monastery. Densathil became a political center, with the rise of the Phagmo Drupa oligarchy which reigned over Tibet from 1364 to 1435. It has now been thoroughly destroyed by the Chinese. See Dowman (1988) and Thubten Namkhar (1990). [MR-ShabkarNotes]

Densathil was famous for the precious images, paintings, and relics it sheltered. [MR-ShabkarNotes]

Densely Arrayed Akanishtha ('og min stug po bkod) [LW1] [RY]

Dentig (dan tig) where Lhachen Gongpa Rabsel (lha chen dgongs pa rab gsal, 892-975 or 832-915?) spent thirty-five years and passed away. Gongpa Rabsel was the disciple of the three monks known as the "three learned men from Tibet" (bod kyi mkhas pa mi gsum) who fled from central Tibet to escape the persecution waged by King Langdarma (841-6). With the help of two monks from China, they ordained Gongpa Rabsel, who in turn ordained the ten monks from U and Tsang. Thus the monastic lineage survived in Tibet. At Dentig, there are naturally formed in the rock famous images of Jetsun Drolma, Chenrezi, and other deities; a cave blessed by Guru Padmasambhava is also there. [MR-ShabkarNotes]

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