Life of Drubwang Sakya Shri

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Life of Drubwang Sakya Shri

Post by phantom59 » Wed Oct 21, 2009 8:45 am

Sakya Shri was born into a humble nomadic family in Kham, Tibet He started life as a cook at Dugu Monastery Yet he was never distracted by mundane activities and in tyhe evening after his daily tasks were done He would sit beside the stove and tying his hair to the ceiling singlepointedly practice the whole night Sakya Shri practiced with great diligence under the guidance of the 6th Khamtrul Rinpoche Tenpai Nyima (1849-1907) who became his root guru and from whom he recieved all the higher teachings of Mahamudra Skya Shri was also a contemporary of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo(1820-1892) and it was from him he recieved all the Nyingma transmissions and taechings thus acomplishing the mastery of Dzogchen

For many years Sakya Shri lived and practiced in a remote cave above the Khampagar Monastery in Kham with his consort and children All his family were happily living and practicing in absolute solitude and poverty The mocking continued and they became known as that dirty yogi family in the cave above who pollute the water in the valley

It was not until the 6th Yongzin Rinpoche Sheja Khunkyen travelled to teach in this area that the greatness of Sakya Shri's realization became known Yongzin Rinpoche was camping with his retinue in a pasture below Sakya Shri's cave and while meditating there had a vision of the entire mandala of 13 Cakrasambhava manifesting where Sakya Shri's cave lay Upon asking the locals they replid the dirty yogi Yongzin rinpoche then invited Sakya Shri down to the monastery and tested his realization and was amazed at what Sakya Shri had achieved He then named him Drubwang Sakya Shri(Drubwang meaning Great Yogi) and composed a prayer in praise of Sakya Shri's greatness which is still recited by his students everywhere He was also often known as Sakya Shri Jnana a titled bestowed by Mipham Rinpoche after his profound understanding of Dzogchen

After that incident Sakya Shri became very well known and his activities flourished so that soon he had thousands of yogi students His main centre became Siddhikha in Kham Abut 7 years before he passed away he was invited by the 10th Gyalwang Drukpa to Druk Sangag Choeling Monastery in Southern Tibet for personal treachings and to propagate the Drukpa lineage However because of his ascetic lifestyle he requested to live in a remote place nearby and so the Gyalwang Drukpa assisted him to settle in Kyiphuk, Happy Cave Sakya Shri became the root guru of the 10th Gyalwang Drukpa and many students from all over the Himalayas flocked to him to study Thus Kyiphuk became a huge yogi training centre where practitioners of all kinds practiced diligently under tight schedules living in caves
dens tents for no building was allowed Each was trained according to their capacity in Dzogchen or Mahamudra
and there was one hill for Dzogchen practitioners and one for Mahamudra practitioners Many signs and
miracles were displayed at that time and peoples' minds were transformed just by visiting the place Everything was imbued with Dharma

There were countless miracles that his students witnessed and recounted including one where his body was totally transparent so that a butter lamp can be seen through it and he cast no shadow Every one of his students at this time was also said to have manifested great signs at the time of death showing their level of realization to be very high His students and students' students are still scattered throughout the Himalayas, Tibet and Bhutan The depth of
their devotion is amazing, boundless to this day.

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