Mipham Rinpoche

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Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche
Kunkhyen Jamyang Mipham Rinpoche

འཇུ་མི་ཕམ་རིན་པོ་ཆེ་
'ju mi pham rin po che
Jamgon Mipham Namgyal Gyatso
འཇམ་མགོན་མི་ཕམ་རྣམ་རྒྱལ་རྒྱ་མཚོ་
'jam mgon mi pham rnam rgyal rgya mtsho

Short Biography

Repository of the four aspects of perfect intelligence,
Lord of the kingdom of dharma,
You were the greatest pandita of your generation:
Homage to Jamgon Mipham.


Jamyang Mipham Namgyal Gyatso Rinpoche (1846-1912) ranks alongside Longchen Rabjam and Tsongkhapa as one of Tibet's most prolific and influential masters. His presentation of the Nyingma School's unique approach to the view and practice of Buddhism, and in particular the relationship between Madhyamaka and the Great Perfection, has had an enormous impact on the past few generations of Tibetan Buddhist scholars and practitioners. Namdrolling Monastic College, currently the largest functioning Nyingma educational institution, includes twenty of his texts in its curriculum. By comparison, only five texts by Longchenpa are included and only one by Rongzom Mahapandita.

Mipham's primary teachers were Patrul Rinpoche and Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, both incarnations of the tertön Rigdzin Jigme Lingpa. Khyentsé Rinpoche requested Mipham to preserve the Nyingma teachings through teaching, debate, and composition—a task in which he admirably succeeded. About his remarkable student, Khyentsé remarked: “In this time, there is no one else on earth more learned than Lama Mipham.”

He excelled not only in study and teaching, however, but in practice as well. The numerous retreats he completed were always accompanied by miraculous signs of accomplishment.

Mipham Rinpoche’s collected writings comprise twenty-seven volumes and cover a vast array of topics. Among his most influential writings are The Speech of Delight—a commentary on Shantarakshita's Ornament of the Middle Way, Gateway to Knowledge—which provides an overview of the Buddha’s teachings, and Beacon of Certainty—an elucidation of the view of the Great Perfection and its relationship to the Middle Way teachings.

Mipham’s most important students were Dodrupchen Rinpoche, the Fifth Dzogchen Rinpoche, Gemang Kyabgon, Khenpo Padmavajra, Palyul Gyaltrul, Karma Yangtrul, Palpung Situ Rinpoche, Ling Jetrung, Adzom Drukpa, Tokden Shakya Shri, Ngor Ponlob, and others. The great tulkus of Sechen Monastery, Dzogchen Monastery, Kathok Monastery, Palyul Monastery, Palpung Monastery, Dege Gonchen, Repkong and others of all lineages, Sakya, Gelug, Kagyu, and Nyingma, all became his disciples.

Jamgon Mipham Rinpoche was also instrumental in training some of last century’s most important Nyingma teachers. His most prominent students include Khenpo Kunpal, Katok Situ, Sechen Rabjam Rinpoche, Khenpo Pema Dorje, and the terton Lerab Lingpa.

Verses by Ju Mipham

Whenever there is focus or reference on something, that is poison to the view.
Whenever there is contrivance or effort, that is a fault of meditation.
Whenever there is some reification of adopting and rejecting, conduct is lost.
May we realize pure reality, free of pain.


Supplicational Prayers

སྨྲ་བའི་སེང་གེའི་མཁྱེན་རབ་སྙིང་ལ་ཞུགས། །
The wisdom of Manjushri, Lion of Speech, arose in your heart,
ཀུན་ཏུ་བཟང་པོའི་སྨོན་ལམ་རྣམ་པར་སྦྱར། །
And you trained in the infinite aspirations of Samantabhadra,
སྲས་བཅས་རྒྱལ་བའི་ཕྲིན་ལས་སྒྲུབ་མཛད་པ། །
Performing the enlightened actions of the buddhas and their heirs:
འཇམ་དཔལ་དགྱེས་པའི་རྡོ་རྗེར་གསོལ་བ་འདེབས།། །།
Jampal Gyepé Dorje, to you I pray!


རིག་སྟོང་འཇམ་དཔལ་གཞོན་ནུའི་བྱིན་བརླབས་ལས། །
Through the blessings of ever-youthful Manjushri, who is awareness-emptiness,
དགོངས་པའི་ཀློང་ལས་སྤོབས་པའི་གཏེར་ཆེན་རྡོལ། །
You released the eight treasures of confidence from the space of the wisdom mind.
ལུང་རྟོགས་ཆོས་མཛོད་རྒྱ་མཚོར་མངའ་དབང་བསྒྱུར། །
Supreme master of the vast treasure of the dharma of scripture and realization,
མི་ཕམ་འཇམ་དབྱངས་རྣམ་རྒྱལ་ལ་གསོལ་བ་འདེབས།། །།
I supplicate you, Mipham Namgyal.

Literary Works

See Writings of Mipham

Main Teachers

Main Students

Main Lineages

Alternate Names & Spellings

Other Reference Sources

  • Biographies: The Life of Mipham Jamyang Namgyal (1846–1912)
  • The Life and Works of Mipham Rinpoche
  • Mipham Rinpoche Timeline
  • Mipham's commentary on the Shambhala sections of the Kalachakra Tantra[1]
  • Mipham Rinpoche's The Sword of Knowledge with Khenchen Palden Sherab's commentary The Blazing Lights of the Sun and Moon[2]
  • "Molten Gold" The Pith Instruction on Looking Into the Mind; A Guide to the Mind entitled Liquid Gold Vomited from the Stomach of a Dog[3]
  • The Meaning Of The Vajra Seven Line Prayer To Guru Rinpoche[4]
  • Instruction on Attaining Inner Calm[5]
  • The Teaching of the Essential Point in Three Words[6]
  • The Lion's Roar Proclaiming Extrinsic Emptiness by Mipham Rinpoche[7]
  • Douglas Duckworth, Mipam on Buddha-Nature. The Ground of the Nyingma Tradition, State University of New York Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-7914-7521-8. The translation is contained in Appendix 1.
  • Douglas Duckworth, "Distinguishing the Views and Philosophies, Illuminating Emptiness in a Twentieth-Century Tibetan Buddhist Classic" - State University of New York Press, 2011. ISBN 978-1-4384-3437-7. Commentary on Mipham's Beacon of Certainty.
    • From: Rigpa Shedra:
  • The Lion's Roar: A Commentary on Sugatagarbha - Khenpo Namdrol's audio-commentary for Rigpa Shedra East podcast[8]
  • Mipham's "Lion's Roar: Buddha Nature in a Nutshell" Translated by Gyurmé Avertin based on Khenpo Namdrol Rinpoche’s teachings[9]
  • Mipham Rinpoche's commentary on the Uttaratantra Shastra - Khenpo Dawa Paljor's audio-commentary for Rigpa Shedra East podcast[10]
    • From: Orgyen Khamdroling Shedra:
  • "Journey to Certainty" The Quintessence of the Dzogchen View; An Exploration of Mipham’s Beacon of Certainty - Anyen Rinpoche Translated and edited by Allison Graboski, Wisdom Publications forthcoming {late 2011-early 2012 this book is Outright Amazing BL}
  • Also at Anyen Rinpoche's website you can get recordings and transcriptions from his Orgyen Khamdroling Shedra series'; Mipham's "Beacon of Certainty" and Mipham's "“Great Lion’s Roar; [An] Exposition on the Buddha-nature"[11]
  • Forthcoming {late 2012-early 2013} Anyen Rinpoche and Allison Graboski's translation of Khenpo Kunpal's very important commentary to Mipham’s Beacon of Certainty.

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