Khyungpo Naljor

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Khyungpo Naljor (11/12th cent.) with masters of the Shangpa Kagyu lineage

Khyungpo Naljor (khyung po rnal 'byor), (11/12th cent.).

adapted from "Shangpa Masters" on [1]

Khyungpo Naljor was born in a year of the tiger in the southern part of Tibet, into a distinguished family. The clan of the Khyung, being the same family clan from which the lord of yogins, Jetsun Milarepa hailed. Thus, his own name meant "the Yogin of the Garuda clan." At his birth the great Mahasiddha Amogha came flying through the air from India and made the prophecy that this newborn child, who was already highly realized, would in time come to India and there receive the profound transmissions that would make him a great guide of beings. The qualities of Khyungpo Naljor began to manifest while he was still very young. When he was five years old, he told detailed stories about his past existences, and revealed insight into his lives to come, and into the future in general. By the age of ten he excelled in reading, writing, arithmetic and both Chinese and Indian astrology. At twelve, in accordance with the tradition on his father's side of the family, he studied the Bon teachings. Later on he practiced Dzogchen, and finally, Mahamudra. Then, taking jewels and gold dust to present as offerings, he left for Nepal and India in search of teachings. During his journeys Khyungpo Naljor was unconcerned about comforts for himself and endured much hardship. Over the course of seven journeys, he studied with a hundred and fifty sages and fifty great adepts. He adopted four of his teachers as his glorious Root Lamas, of these; the wisdom Dakini's Niguma and Sukhasiddhi had received direct transmissions from Vajradhara, the enlightened enjoyment body of the sixth Buddha. His other Indian main teachers were Maitripa, Rahula and Vajrasanapa.They took delight in Khyungpo Naljor and granted him the ultimate oral instructions that cut off all distractions and he practiced single-pointedly. All doubts were erdicated and he obtained both ordinary and extraordinary accomplishments. Khyungpo Naljor established his monastic seat in the Shang valley, which is how the lineage got its name. He passed away at the age of 150.