Kawa Paltsek

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Kawa Paltsek (ska ba dpal brtsegs). Direct disciple of both Padmasambhava, Vimalamitra and Shantarakshita; important contributor to the translation of the Tibetan Tripitaka and the Nyingma Gyübum. Born in Phen Valley, he became an eminent translator in accordance with a prophecy by Padmasambhava, and was among the first seven Tibetan monks ordained by Shantarakshita. He received Vajrayana teachings from the great master Padma and attained unimpeded clairvoyance. Kawa is a place name and Paltsek means 'Mountain of resplendence.'


Kawa Paltsek. A translator, he translated numerous texts from Sanskrit into Tibetan at Samye during the reign of King Trisong Detsen, and became the principal translator at Samye. He was a disciple of Padmasambhava and Shantarakshita. He was one of the first seven people ordained by Shantarakshita. He also helped reinstate Vairotsana, after Vairotsana was exiled to Tshawa Rong. Vairotsana was accused of having received impure teachings from India.

Kawa Paltsekis the author of

  • 1. "Manual of Key Buddhist Terms, Categorization of Buddhist Terminology with Commentary." (lo tsa ba ka ba dpal brtsegs kyis mdzed pa'i chos kyi rnam grangs dang, chos kyi rnam grangs kyi brjed byang bzhugs so)
  • 2. Seventeenfold Appearance of the Sequence of the View, lta rim snang ba bcu bdun pa