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[[Image:Virupa_drawing.jpg|frame|right|Virupa ([[bir wa pa]])]]
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===Short Biography===
 
A famous [[Sakya]] master who lived from 1429 -1489 AD. He was the of author of a vast collection of commentaries on sutra and tantra and is venerated by all schools of [[Tibetan Buddhism]]. He instituted the formal study of logic in the [[Sakya]] tradition. He founded the Thupten Namgyal Ling monastery in Tanag.
 
*Gorampa Sönam Senge, Sakya master: 1429-1489 [RY]  
 
  
[[Image:Gorampa_Sönam_Senge.jpg|frame|]]
 
  
===Literary Works===
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[[Virupa]] ([[bir wa pa]]), one of the [[Eighty-four Mahasiddhas of India]], was born into a royal family one thousand and twenty years after Lord Buddha entered [[parinirvana]]. He took novice monk vows and entered the [[Nalanda monastery]], of which he became abbot later. He perfected his disciples of study and meditation. However, after seventy years of one-pointed tantric practice he had not attained any [[siddhis]] of any kind, and actually negative events were happening in his life. He decided he had no connection with the tantric teachings, [[Vajrayana]], and with this state of mind he threw his rosary into the toilet and stopped doing [[Deity Meditation]]s.
See [[Writings of Gorampa]]
 
  
===Publications===
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However, the same night [[Nairatmya]] manifested for him, and said:
*Freedom from Extremes: Gorampa's "Distinguishing the Views" and the Polemics of Emptiness (Studies in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism); Go-rams-pa Bsod-nams-seṅ-ge, José Ignacio Cabezón, Lobsang Dargyay [http://books.google.ca/books?id=l21zNNMhQB0C (google books)]
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Noble son, do not act in this way. Pick up your rosary, clean it, and take up your practice again. I am the deity which whom you have a karmic connection to, and I will bestow my blessings upon you".
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===Main Teachers===
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The following evening [[Nairatmya]] appeared to him again in her own [[mandala]] of fifteen goddesses, and she bestowed upon him the four specific empowerments, and he reached the first [[bodhisattva]] [[bhumi]] level including the [[Path of Seeing]]. On the evening of the twenty-ninth day he became a [[bodhisattva]] of the sixth [[bhumi]]. The monastic community at [[Nalanda monastery]] knew that something strange happened, but they were dubious about the strange behavior of [[Virupa]], and he left the monastery.
*[[Rongton Sheja Kunrig]]
 
  
===Main Students===
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Being one of the principal Indian originators of the [[Sakyapa]]s "Lamdre" teachings, he is also important in the [[Shangpa Kagyu]] tradition as a teacher of the awareness dakini [[Sukhasiddhi]].
  
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== Literature ==
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*[[bi rU pa la bstod pa lhan skyes spros bral ma]] by [[Sachen Kunga Nyingpo]]
  
===Alternate Names===
 
*<noinclude>[[Gowo Rabjampa Sonam Senge]]</noinclude> - <noinclude>[[go bo rab 'byams pa bsod nams seng ge]]</noinclude><br>
 
*Go-rams-pa Bsod-nams-seṅ-ge
 
  
===Other Reference Sources===
 
*[http://www.tibet.dk/pktc/download/gampobiogderge.zip At The TCC Web-site "The Extensive Biography of Lord Gampopa"]
 
 
*The Two Truths Debate: Tsongkhapa and Gorampa on the Middle Way
 
*Removal of Wrong Views: A General Synopsis of the "Introduction to the Middleway" and Analysis of the Difficult Points of each of its Subjects
 
*[http://www.sakyaiba.edu.np/middleway.html#biography The IBA Web-site]
 
 
===Internal Links===
 
* [[Sakya Masters]]
 
* [[Biography of Gorampa]]
 
 
===External Links===
 
*[http://www.tbrc.org/cgi-bin/tbrcdatx?resource=P1042 Works] listed at [[TBRC]]
 
*[http://www.tbrc.org/catalog/W11249.php Collected Works] listed at [[TBRC]]
 
 
 
[[Category:Buddhist Masters]]
 
 
[[Category:Sakya]]
 
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[[Category:Indian Masters]]
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[[Category:Indian Siddhas]]

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Virupa (bir wa pa)


Virupa (bir wa pa), one of the Eighty-four Mahasiddhas of India, was born into a royal family one thousand and twenty years after Lord Buddha entered parinirvana. He took novice monk vows and entered the Nalanda monastery, of which he became abbot later. He perfected his disciples of study and meditation. However, after seventy years of one-pointed tantric practice he had not attained any siddhis of any kind, and actually negative events were happening in his life. He decided he had no connection with the tantric teachings, Vajrayana, and with this state of mind he threw his rosary into the toilet and stopped doing Deity Meditations.

However, the same night Nairatmya manifested for him, and said:

Noble son, do not act in this way. Pick up your rosary, clean it, and take up your practice again. I am the deity which whom you have a karmic connection to, and I will bestow my blessings upon you".

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The following evening Nairatmya appeared to him again in her own mandala of fifteen goddesses, and she bestowed upon him the four specific empowerments, and he reached the first bodhisattva bhumi level including the Path of Seeing. On the evening of the twenty-ninth day he became a bodhisattva of the sixth bhumi. The monastic community at Nalanda monastery knew that something strange happened, but they were dubious about the strange behavior of Virupa, and he left the monastery.

Being one of the principal Indian originators of the Sakyapas "Lamdre" teachings, he is also important in the Shangpa Kagyu tradition as a teacher of the awareness dakini Sukhasiddhi.

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