Dromtön

Dromtön Gyalwe Jungney (Tibetan: འབྲོམ་སྟོན་པ་རྒྱལ་བའི་འབྱུང་གནས་Wylie: 'Brom-ston-pa Rgyal-ba'i 'Byung-gnas) (or Dromtönpa) (1005–1064) was the chief disciple of Buddhist master Atisha. He was born in Tolung at the beginning of the period of the second propagation of Buddhism in Tibet. He began preaching in the Tibetan region in 1042. He has been remembered as the initiator of the Tibetan Tantric School known as Kadampa.

Dromtön is considered to be the 45th incarnation of Chenresig or Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion and, thus, part of the early lineage of the Dalai Lamas (the First Dalai Lama is said to have been the 51st incarnation).[1]

Dromtön founded Reting Monastery in 1056 in the Reting Tsampo Valley north of Lhasa which became the seat of the Kadampa lineage and brought some relics of Atisha there.[2]

It was Dromptonpa's student Chekawa Yeshe Dorje who first compiled Atiśa's core teachings on the practice of bodhicitta in written form, as The Seven Point Mind Training.

Footnotes

  1. ^ Stein, R. A. (1972). Tibetan Civilization, p. 139. Stanford University Press, Stanford, California. ISBN 0-8047-0806-1 (cloth); ISBN 0-8047-0901-7 (pbk).
  2. ^ Dowman, Keith. (1988). The Power-Places of Central Tibet: The Pilgrim's Guide, p. 93. Routledge & Kegan Paul, London. ISBN 0-7102-1370-0.

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