From the Editors / Treasury of Lives

Sokpo Pelgyi Yeshe

This series of blog posts are meant to be resources guides to complement the biographies of the great masters and scholars on the Treasury of Lives site.

Sokpo Pelgyi Yeshe

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Sokpo Pelgyi Yeshe, from the Shechen Archives

Sokpo Pelgyi Yeshe, also known as Sokpo Lhapal, was a direct disciple of both Guru Rinpoche and Nyak Jnanakumara and then later became the teacher of Nupchen Sangye Yeshe.

In Masters of Meditation and Miracles, Tulku Thondup Rinpoche relatesCover of Mastes of Meditation and Miracleshow Sokpo Pelgyi Yeshe was a blacksmith who became adept at the practice of Vajrakilaya. As a result, “with a gesture he could catch dangerous wild beasts; and on threeoccasions with his miraculous power he pacified the enemies of his teacher, Nyak.

In Yeshe Tsogyal’s biography, Lady of the Lotus-Born, there was a contest among Guru Rinpoche’s disciples to show signs of accomplishment. “With the mudra of the hook, the mantCover of Lady of the Lotus Bornra of summoning and the power of his concentration, Sogpo Lhapel caused a pregnant tigress to appear from the south.”

Jamgon Kongtrul talks about him in several plCover of The Treasury of Knowledge: Books Two, Three, and Fouraces. In the second volume of Treasury of Knowledge, his role in transmitting the teachings of Nyak Jnanakumara is discussed.

In Sacred Ground, Jamgon Kongtrul while describing an area at Tsadra Rinchen Drak where he founded his famous retreat hermitage, the cliff had an impression of Sokpo Pelgyi Yeshe’s head.

TBRC Reference: http://tbrc.org/#!rid=P2JM8

Treasury of Lives Site: http://treasuryoflives.org/biographies/view/Sokpo-Pelgyi-Yeshe/5281

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