Yangti Nagpo

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yang ti nag po

  • Yangti Nagpo, Black Quintessence [RY]
  • The Yanti Nagpo, the "Single Golden Syllable of the Black Quintessence" (yang ti nag po gser gyi 'bru gcig), a cycle of teachings belonging to the Yangti yang ti class of Ati Yoga (a ti yo ga). It contains practices upon the Hundred and Peaceful and Wrathful Deities and the Great Perfection, with some pith instructions upon the practice of meditation in complete darkness. It is a terma found by the later Dungtso Repa (dung mtsho ras pa phyi ma), 15th century, in the Lake Mandal Nagpo in Gampo (sgam po mtsho man dal nag po). He was an emanation of Yeshe Tsogyal and Vairochana, and the immediate reincarnation of the first Dungtso Repa (dung mtsho ras pa snga ma) who himself was a rebirth of Yeshe Dorje (ye shes rdo rje), a disciple of Gampopa. (if Yeshe Dorje is Tsangpa Gyare, then disciple of Lingje Repa, not Gampopa???) Both Yeshe Dorje and the first Dungtso Repa are among the great saints who opened the doors of the hidden land of Tsari.[RY]



  • Yangti Nagpo, or the Single Golden Syllable of the Black Quintessence (yang ti nag po gser gyi 'bru gcig). This cycle of teachings belonging to the most esoteric section (yang ti) of Ati Yoga. It involves practices upon the Hundred Peaceful and Wrathful Deities, focused on dealing with the stages of the Great Perfection, with some pith instructions for the practice of meditation in complete darkness. The later Dungtso Repa (dung mtsho ras pa phyi ma, see Gene Smith (1972), GC, Vol.2, pp.784-6, TN, p.518-9, and Yangti Nagpo Vol.3, p.267), a disciple of the famed dakini Kunga Bum (kun dga' bum), found this terma in a tortoise-shaped rock near the Lake of the Black Mandala (mtsho mandal nag po) also known as Kala Dungtso (ka la dung mtsho). The latter lies across the Kashong Pass (kha shong la, see Fletcher, 1975, and Huber, 1992) near Gampo. The "later" Dungtso Repa is thus called for being the immediate reembodiement of the "earlier" Dungtso Repa (dung mtsho ras pa snga ma, 1267-1329?, see GC, Vol.3, p.30-31 and TN pp. 515-6) who also revealed a terma (the sems khrid yid bzhin nor bu) from Lake Mandal Nagpo. Although the above sources concur consistently, there is a certain amount of confusion between the two Dungtso Repas, since in ND p. 144b for instance, Kunzang Ngedön Long Yang attributes the discovery of the Yangti Nagpo to the first Dungtso Repa, and so do other historians who based their works on ND (for intance, BD, Vol.3 p.424). In his gter ston chos 'byung, pp.65-6, Karma Mingyur Wangyal, too, considers only one Dungtso Repa and attributes to him the termas of both the "earlier" and the "later". [MR-ShabkarNotes]