Sakya Drakpa Gyaltsen

Sakya Drakpa Gyaltsen

Born like a prince of Sakya, yet left the great comfort life and wandered in the mountains of Sakya as a Yogi. In his whole life, he has never shown his back of the body to his Lama as a sign of actual devotion. 

The Journey of a Great Yogi.

Jetsun Drakpa Gyaltsen was born in 1147; he was the 5th great throne holder of Sakyapa. Ordained as a monk at the age of eight and a great admirer of monastic life, he used to tell the monks to take the vows strictly, and he would serve them with tea.

He received many precious teachings from his father, great Yogi Sachen Kunga Nyingpo, brother, and master Nyen Phulwa. He took the Bodhisattva Vow at age ten and diligently learned the Tantric. 

At the eleventh age, he became his master and taught the Dharma to many monks. Jetsun Drakpa Gyaltsen practiced the Buddha Dharma diligently throughout his life and later received the name as an emanation of Jamphelyang wisdom Buddha. Praised by the Kache Pandita Shakya Shiri as the Tantric holder Guhyasamaja. ( One of the significant Tantras and Yidams)

Buddhism flourished during the time of King Genghis Khan in Mongolia through the kindness of the great Yogi Jetsun Drakpa Gyaltsen. 

In short, he was very generous and never kept anything with him. He was always dedicated to offering spiritual materials to benefit sentient beings. Even when he passed away, there was only one cloth and nothing else. 

Buddha VajradharaPhoto: Buddha Vajradhara is the tantric form of Buddha Shakyamuni

Guru of Sakya Pandita

Jetsun Drakpa Gyaltsen is one of my favorite masters from the Sakya sect. The root Lama of the first Pandit in Tibet, Jetsun Sakya Pandita. When Jetsun Sakya Pandita asked: Uncle, I have practiced everything as you have said, but why does my spiritual attainment have no progress?

Jetsun Drakpa Gyaltsen: You have taken me as your uncle, so the blessings are few. Later, Jetsun Sakya Pandita became one of the wisest masters of Buddhism in Tibet. 

Proverbs from Jetsun Drakpa Gyaltsen

Did the egg come first, or the chicken?

Did the cause come first, or the effect? 

Buddha came first, or the Dharma?

1. You must stay alone to attain Siddhi. 

2. What's the point of leaving the hometown and not following an Authentic Lama?

3. Not practicing the teachings of Buddha, what's the point of only hearing the teachings? 

4. At the time of death, other than Buddha Dharma, nothing can help. 

5. To acquire merit, you must take the vow; even if your friends are unhappy, there is nothing to regret.

Extraordinary devotion to Root Guru.

Every day, he will practice Samadhi meditation and compose the Dharma teachings. To please his Lamas, he will always make sure to accomplish the tasks from the Lama. He never showed the back of his body to his Lama. Never do anything to displeased Lama. Whenever he had doubts about teachings, he would always offer Mandalas to the Lama to clear the doubts.

Maha Siddha Drakpa Gyaltsen passed away at 70 in Sakya in 1216. He passed away at the same place where he was born, and it is different from other ancestors. Thank you for reading the short biography of the great Maha Siddha Drakpa Gyaltsen.

He was born as a prince, but he left all the worldly beauties to benefit all the sentient beings. Jetsun Drakpa Gyaltsen Khenno!


Written By :Tenzin

Feb 08, 2023


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