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Teacher: Wangdu Nyingpo (Sakya Tridzin)

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Wangdu Nyingpo, Tuchen (c.1763-c.1806): Patriarch of the Khon Family, the 32nd Sakya Tridzin, the second Padmasambhava of this Age and a renowned Terton (finder of Revealed Treasure). He was considered to be a rebirth of Garchen Tutob Wangchug, Ngor Khenchen Palden Chokyong and others. Most of his profound teachings were received from his father Kunga Lodro, the previous Sakya Tridzin. Wangdu Nyingpo constructed a new Vajrabhairava temple in Sakya with a bigger than life size central image along with the twelve wrathful retinue figures slightly larger than the size of a man. Along with that he constructed a new protector chapel with very large sculpture. Renowned as a 'treasure Revealer' (terton) his books are still available and read today.

Wangdu Nyinpo is sometimes employed as a guruyoga practice based on a text that he wrote himself. He is depicted in a wrathful form with either a black hat topped with a raven or a standard Sakya hat with lappets draped over the top.

List of Previous Incarnations:
1. Guhya Siddha
2. Krishnacharin
3. Raja Vessantara
4. Gyalpo Nyatri Tsenpo
5. Padmasambhava
6. Jetsun Dragpa Gyaltsen
7. Marpa Lotsawa
8. Ngagchang Kunga Rinchen
9. Garchen Tutob Wangchug
10. Sonam Rinchen
11. Ngagwang Palden Chogyong

The 69th Abbot of Ngor Evam Choden Monastery, Ngagwang Yontan Gyatso (1902-1963), was believed by some to be an incarnation of Wangdu Nyingpo, as is the current Sakya Tridzin, Ngagwang Kunga (born 1941).

To the buddhas of the three times as the second Oddiyana. Protector with all gathered power over the animate and inanimate. Subduer of wrong doers, possessing the essence of the path entwined as the great bliss of the four joys together with wisdom, compassion and power. I pray, pacify obstacles of daemons and bhutas, and bestow the blessing of attainments - making aspirations spontaneous." (Trakshul Thinley Rinchen, 1871-1935).

(See Wangdu Nyingpo depicted as a minor figure: HAR #89191 top right side, HAR #74078 top left side).

Jeff Watt 8-2003 [updated 3-2012]

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