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'''Mipham Rinpoche''', Jamgön Ju Mipham Namgyal (Tib: 'jam mgon 'ju mi pham rnam rgyal, mi pham rgya mtsho) 1846-1912
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[[Image:Jigme_Lingpa.jpg|frame|Jigme Lingpa  (1730-1798)]]
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'''Jigme Lingpa''' Tib: [['jigs med gling pa]] (1730-1798)
  
Ju Mipham 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]].
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Jigme Lingpa was regarded as an incarnation of both [[King Trisong Deutsen]] and [[Vimalamitra]]. His most enduring contributions to the Tibetan tradition are his revealed teachings, the [[Longchen Nyingthig]], the diverse body of literature he composed, and the amazing lineage of realized masters that have followed in his wake, which includes [[Patrul Rinpoche]], [[Do Khyentse Yeshe Dorje]] and [[Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo]].
  
Mipham's primary teachers were [[Patrul Rinpoche]] and [[Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo]], both incarnations of the tertön [[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.
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Unlike many masters of the Tibetan tradition that went on to compose influential philosophical treatises, Jigme Lingpa did not receive extensive educational training. Neither was he a recognized reincarnation, a [[tulku]]. Instead, his great realization came directly through practice. In particular, it came from a series of three visions he had of the great master [[Longchenpa]] while in retreat at the [[Samye Chimpu]]. In these visions, Jigme Lingpa received the entire transmission of Longchen Rabjam's works, both their words and meanings, and his mind eventually merged completely with that of Longchenpa's.
  
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.
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Following his pivotal retreat at Samye Chimpu, Jigme Lingpa went on to found one of the most influential lineages in the [[Nyingma]] tradition. In the centuries since his passing, the inheritors of the Longchen Nyingthig have proven to be some of the greatest scholars, meditation masters and realized yogis in recent history. Many of his literary works, particularly the ''[[Treasury of Precious Qualities]]'' (Tib: [[yon tan mdzod]]), continue to be widely studied in Nyingma educational institutions, while his works on tantric practice, such as the famed [[yeshe lama]], are among the most commonly taught practice manuals.
 
 
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 Rinpoche was also instrumental in training some of last century’s most important Nyingma teachers. His most prominent students include Khenpo Künpal, Katok Situ, Sechen Rabjam, Khenpo Pema Dorjé, and the tertön Lerab Lingpa.
 
  
 
===Literary Works===
 
===Literary Works===
See '''[[Writings of Mipham]]'''
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See '''[[Writings of Jigme Lingpa]]'''
  
 
===Main Teachers===
 
===Main Teachers===
*[[Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo]]<br>
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*[[Longchenpa]]<br>
*[[Patrul Rinpoche]]
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*[[Terton Rigdzin Thukchok Dorje]]<br>
  
 
===Main Students===
 
===Main Students===
*[[Khenpo Kunpal]]<br>
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*[[Jigme Trinley Ozer]], the first [[Dodrupchen Rinpoche]]<br>
*[[Kathok Situ Rinpoche]]<br>
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*[[Jigme Gyalwey Nyugu]], root guru of [[Patrul Rinpoche]]<br>
*[[Sechen Rabjam]]<br>
 
*[[Lerab Lingpa]]<br>
 
  
 
===Main Lineages===
 
===Main Lineages===
*[[Fill in the blanks]]<br>
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*[[Longchen Nyingthig]]<br>
  
 
===Alternate Names===
 
===Alternate Names===
*[[Ju Mipham]]<br>
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*[[Namkhai Naljor]]; [[nam mkha'i rnal 'byor]]<br>
*[[Mipham Gyatso]]<br>
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*[[Drime Ozer]]; [[dri med 'od zer]]<br>
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*[[Ranjung Dorje]]; [[rang byung rdo rje]]<br>
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*[['jigs med gling pa mkhyen brtse 'od zer]] [primary name]
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*[[mkhyen brtse 'od zer]] [personal name]
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*[[rang byung rdo rje mkhyen brtse 'od zer]] [personal name]
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*[[padma dbang chen]] [personal name]
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*[[padma mkhyen brtse'i 'od zer]] [first ordination name]
  
 
===Other Reference Sources===
 
===Other Reference Sources===
*[[Fill in the blanks]]<br>
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*Thondup, Tulku (1996). ''Masters of Meditation and Miracles''. Boston: Shambhala Publications.<br> Contains a short biography of Jigme Lingpa and most of the primary masters of the Longchen Nyingthig lineage.<br>
  
 
===Internal Links===
 
===Internal Links===
*Add double-brackets "[[ ]]" around any relevant word or phrase and it will create a new page for that term or link to an already existing page
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*[[Longchen Nyingthig]]
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*[[Nyingthig]]
  
 
===External Links===
 
===External Links===
*[http://www.tbrc.org/cgi-bin/tbrcdatx?do=so&resource=P252 Writings] by [[Mipham]] at [[TBRC]]
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*[http://www.tbrc.org/cgi-bin/tbrcdatx?do=so&resource=P314 TBRC Page on Jigme Lingpa]
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[[Category:Buddhist Masters]]
 
[[Category:Buddhist Masters]]
 
[[Category:Nyingma Masters]]
 
[[Category:Nyingma Masters]]

Revision as of 10:16, 17 December 2005

Jigme Lingpa (1730-1798)

Jigme Lingpa Tib: 'jigs med gling pa (1730-1798)

Jigme Lingpa was regarded as an incarnation of both King Trisong Deutsen and Vimalamitra. His most enduring contributions to the Tibetan tradition are his revealed teachings, the Longchen Nyingthig, the diverse body of literature he composed, and the amazing lineage of realized masters that have followed in his wake, which includes Patrul Rinpoche, Do Khyentse Yeshe Dorje and Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo.

Unlike many masters of the Tibetan tradition that went on to compose influential philosophical treatises, Jigme Lingpa did not receive extensive educational training. Neither was he a recognized reincarnation, a tulku. Instead, his great realization came directly through practice. In particular, it came from a series of three visions he had of the great master Longchenpa while in retreat at the Samye Chimpu. In these visions, Jigme Lingpa received the entire transmission of Longchen Rabjam's works, both their words and meanings, and his mind eventually merged completely with that of Longchenpa's.

Following his pivotal retreat at Samye Chimpu, Jigme Lingpa went on to found one of the most influential lineages in the Nyingma tradition. In the centuries since his passing, the inheritors of the Longchen Nyingthig have proven to be some of the greatest scholars, meditation masters and realized yogis in recent history. Many of his literary works, particularly the Treasury of Precious Qualities (Tib: yon tan mdzod), continue to be widely studied in Nyingma educational institutions, while his works on tantric practice, such as the famed yeshe lama, are among the most commonly taught practice manuals.

Literary Works

See Writings of Jigme Lingpa

Main Teachers

Main Students

Main Lineages

Alternate Names

Other Reference Sources

  • Thondup, Tulku (1996). Masters of Meditation and Miracles. Boston: Shambhala Publications.
    Contains a short biography of Jigme Lingpa and most of the primary masters of the Longchen Nyingthig lineage.

Internal Links

External Links