Dagpo Tashi Namgyal

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Dakpo Tashi Namgyal (Dakpo Paṇchen Tashi Namgyel, Wylie: dwags po paN chen bkra shis rnam rgyal) (1511, 1512, or 1513–1587) was a lineage holder of the Dagpo Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.[1] He was also trained in the Sakya lineage,[2] and "was renowned as both a scholar and yogi."[1]

He helped establish Nalandra Monastery in 1425 (named after the ancient Nalanda), with Sakya master Rongton Sheja Kunrig (1367–1449).[3] Later in life he served as chief abbot of the Kagyu Daklha Gampo Monastery in southern Tibet.[2]

His "most famous works" were two Mahamudra texts, Moonlight of Mahamudra and Clarifying the Natural State.[1] The latter is a meditation manual which

"sketches the path of meditation from the initial steps of the general and specific preliminaries ...," focusing on "the establishment and stabilisation of mindfulness and calm, through shamatha practice, and developing analytical understanding through vipashyana techniques."[4]

As of 2012, some of his works were available in Tibetan in the "Rigpa Dorje Practice Series."[5]

"Much of what we know about Tashi Namgyal and his reincarnations has come from an account written down by Lama Trinle Choedak, the personal tutor of the 6th Zimwock Rinpoche."[2]

He was one of the teachers of Mikyö Dorje, the 8th Karmapa Lama.[6]


  • Bkra-śis-rnam-rgyal; Michael Tweed (2001). Clarifying the natural state: a principal guidance manual for Mahamudra. Hong Kong: Rangjung Yeshe. ISBN 9627341452. 


  1. ^ a b c "23. 8th Karmapa 1507 - 1554". Kagyu Golden Rosary. Karma Lekshey Ling Shedra. Retrieved 2013-11-08. 
  2. ^ a b c Gallagher, Pauline; Venerable Freeman Trebilcock. "Tibetan Buddhism unbounded - The Zimwock Rinpoche lineage. DrPauline Gallagher & Venerable Freeman Trebilcock". Buddhism and Australia, International Conference on Buddhism. Retrieved 2013-11-08. 
  3. ^ Townsend, Dominique (February 2010). "Rongton Sheja Kunrik". The Treasury of Lives: Biographies of Himalayan Religious Masters. Retrieved 2013-08-09. 
  4. ^ Williams, Hugh. "Clarifying the Natural State, Dakpo Tashi Namgyal". Rangjung Yeshe Publication. Retrieved 2013-11-08. 
  5. ^ "Rigpe Dorje Practice Series". Jamgon Kongtrul Labrang. Retrieved 2013-11-08. 
  6. ^ "The Eighth Karmapa, Mikyo Dorje". The Treasury of Lives: Biographies of Himalayan Religious Masters. Retrieved 2013-11-08. 

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