Zurchen Shakya Jungne

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Zurpoche

ཟུར་ཆེན་ཤཱཀྱ་འབྱུང་གནས།
zur chen sha kya 'byung gnas

Short biography

Lharje Deshek Zurpoche

Ngakpe Gyalpo Zurchen Shakya Jungne(1002-1062), was born in Kham region. His father is Zurzang Sherab Jungne and his mother is Dewacham. Since his youth he followed his father to learn how to read and write, and when he mastered these skills, he followed master Lachen Gongpa Rabsal and received the 3 stages of monastic ordination from him. He then followed his uncle Zur Rinchen Gyatso to learn the science of logic, the five sciences of Buddhism, and the Outer and Inner Tantra and he mastered them. Zurpoche had many root gurus. He followed Nyang Yeshe Jungne to learn the Mind Class Tantra of the Great Perfection and Guhyagarbha Tantra. He learned Trekchod (Cutting Through) and Togal (Direct Crossing) from Master Dre Trochungpa. He also learned under Master Zhuton Sonam Shakya many Yidams Practices from The Sutra that Gathers All Intentions. He received countless oral instructions from his root gurus and having practiced al of them, he attained great accomplishments with many sign of attainment. Thus, he became a siddha (accomplisher) who mastered the Tripitaka of the all sutras and tantras. At the valley of Tanag in a cave facing east, which contains an owl’s nest, he practiced the nine-deity mandala of Yangdag Heruka and actually beheld the visage and mandala of the deities. O that site later was built a monastery and Zurpoche became famed everywhere as Lama Ugpalungpa, the “Guru of Owl Valley”. His lineage teaching have been responsible for training many distinguished Siddhas. Throughout his entire life, he often demonstrated miracle as a sign of his siddhis, like during the construction of a monastery where he made the uneven length of the pillars, even by simply rolling them with his feet. This monastery was formed by Zurpoche Shakya Jungne and Zurchung Sherab Drakpa, who established its system of practice. Zur Shakya Senge (also known as Sangdag Drophugpa) propagated the teaching of this lineage. This monastery became a historical cause of the profundity of the lineage of Nyingmapa.

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  • snga 'gyur rdzogs chen chos 'byung chen mo (pg.153)
  • The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, Its Fundamentals and History (pg.617)

  • zur rnam pa gsum - the three Zur. 1) {zur chung pa}. 2) {sgro sbug pa} 3) {zur chen pa} [RY]
  • zur mes dbon rnam gsum - the three teachers zur mes and dbon [gsang sngags rnying ma'i slob dpon zur mes dbon rnam gsum ni, dang po zur po che sh'akya 'byung gnas te, khong gis bstan pa phyi dar la snga 'gyur gyi bstan pa'i rtza ba btzugs, gnyis pa zur chung shes rab grad pa'am bde gshegs rgya bo pas yal ga bskyangs, gsum pa rje sgro phug pa chen po sh'akya seng ges lo 'bras rgyas par mdzad pa yin no [IW]
  • zur mes dbon gsum - the three teachers zur mes and dbon [gsang sngags rnying ma'i slob dpon zur mes dbon rnam gsum ni, dang po zur po che sh'akya 'byung gnas te, khong gis bstan pa phyi dar la snga 'gyur gyi bstan pa'i rtza ba btzugs, gnyis pa zur chung shes rab grad pa'am bde gshegs rgya bo pas yal ga bskyangs, gsum pa rje sgro phug pa chen po sh'akya seng ges lo 'bras rgyas par mdzad pa yin no [IW]

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