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Jeff Watt [updated 8-2017]
Jatson Nyingpo, 1585-1656, ('ja' tshon snying po) was born in 1585 in Waru, in Kongpo. His father was named Chogyong Gonpo (chos skyong mgon po) and his mother was Namlang Buti (nam langs bu khrid). From the age of twelve until twenty he studied various subjects, including medicine. Then, at the age of twenty, he took preliminary ordination under Mipam Tashi Lodro (mi pham bkra shis blo gros, 1577-1636), and received the name of Ngagwang Chogyal Wangpo (ngag dbang chos rgyal dbang po). He received full ordination from a certain Lhatsewa (lha rtse ba).
Jatson Nyingpo spent seventeen years in retreat, sealing the door of his hermitage with clay. According to his hagiography, while in retreat or soon afterwards, at the age of thirty-six, in 1620, Jatson Nyingpo revealed a treasure inventory written in the hand of Yeshe Tsogyal (mtsho rgyal gyi phyag bris ma), and went on to reveal numerous treasure texts, including his best known cycle, the Konchog Chidu (dkon mchog spyi 'dus). He is also known under the treasure name Ledro Lingpa (las 'phro gling pa) and the tantric name Ngagchang Humnag Mebar (sngags 'chang hUm nag me 'bar).
Jatson Nyingpo established the monastic center of Pangri Jokpo (bang ri 'jog po), and he served as master to many prominent Nyingma and Kagyu lamas. These included the Tenth Karmapa, Choying Dorje (karma pa 10 chos dbyings rdo rje. 1610-1674); the Fourth Tsurpu Gyaltsab, Dragpa Dongrub (mtshur phu rgyal tshab 04 grags pa don grub, 1550-1617); the First Drigung Chungtsang, Chokyi Dragpa ('bri gung chung tshang chos kyi grags pa, 1595-1659); The Fifth Drugchen, Pagsam Wangpo ('brug chen 05 dpag bsam dbang po, 1593-1641), Dordrag Rigdzin Ngagi Wangpo (rdo brag rig 'dzin ngag gi dbang po, 1580-1639), Tsele Natsog Rangdrol (rtse le sna tshogs rang grol, b. 1608), Lhatsun Namkha Jigme (lha btsun nam mkha' 'jigs med, 1597-1650), Rigdzin Trinle Lhundrub (rig 'dzin 'phrin las lhun grub, 1611-1662) and Terton Dudul Dorje (gter ston bdud 'dul rdo rje, 1615-1672). Jatson Nyingpo died at the age of seventy-two.