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21October2017

Monasteries in Mount Kailash

The Drikung and Drukpa Practitioners at Mount Kailash

In the 8th century CE, Guru Padmasambhava meditated at Mount Kailash and the cave where he meditated was known as "Sangag Chophug". In the 11th century CE, the great translator, sent his famous disciple Milarepa to meditate at Mount Kailash. Later, Milarepa's disciple, Gampopa, instructed Phagmo Drupa to send practitioners to meditate at Tsari, Lachi and Mount Kailash, but the coincidence of cause and effect did not work out appropriately for the latter to carry out the instructions of Gampopa.

Nevertheless, Phagmo Drupa explained the importance of meditating and sending meditators to these three places to his disciples Drikung Kyobpa Jigten Gonpo and Lingchen Repa Pema Dorje.

Drikung Kyobpa Jigten Gonpo sent three batches of disciples to meditate at Mount Kailash. Lingchen Repa instructed his disciple Tsangpa Gyare, the first Gyalwang Drukpa, to meditate at Mount Kailash. The latter not only meditated at Tsari and Lachi, but also visited almost all the sacred places around Mount Kailash and spread the Drukpa lineage teachings.

The first Gyalwang Drukpa gathered so many disciples that the following became a popular folk saying in Tibet,

མི་ཕྱེད་འབྲུག་པ།
Half the population is Drukpa

འབྲུག་ཕྱེད་སྤྲང་པོ།
half the Drukpas are begging mendicants

སྤྲང་ཕྱེད་གྲུབ་ཐོབ།
and half the begging mendicants are enlightened beings.