'bri gung skyob pa 'jig rten mgon po

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Wylie 'bri gung skyob pa 'jig rten mgon po
English Phonetics Jikten Gönpo
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Other names
  • འཇིག་རྟེན་མགོན་པོ་
  • རིན་ཆེན་དཔལ་
  • འཇིག་རྟེན་གསུམ་མགོན་
  • འབྲི་གུང་གདན་རབས་༠༡་
  • 'jig rten mgon po
  • rin chen dpal
  • 'jig rten gsum mgon
  • 'bri gung gdan rabs 01
Birth:   1143
Death:   1217
Place of birth:   tsu ngu (khams)

Tibetan calendar dates

Dates of birth
Day 40
Month 15
Gender Female
Element Water
Animal Pig
Rab Jyung 2
Religious Affiliation
Drikung Kagyu
phag mo gru pa rdo rje rgyal po
'bri gung spyan snga shes rab 'byung gnas · Rdo rje shes rab
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Treasury of Lives Excerpt
Jikten Gonpo Rinchen Pel ('jig rten mgon po rin chen dpal) is credited with the founding of Drigung Til Monastery in 1179 and the establishment of the Drigung Kagyu tradition. He was a close disciple of Pakmodrupa and briefly administered Densatil following Pakmodrupa's death. His close disciple was Sherab Jungne.

He was born to an illustrious clan called the Kyura (skyu ra) at a town in Kham called Tsungu (tsu ngu), in 1123. He studied with teachers from many traditions and completed many years of retreat, after which he took monastic vows in 1177...

"...Jikten Gonpo and his Drigung lineage are best known for the set of teachings known as The Five Profound Paths of Mahāmudrā (phyag chen lnga ldan). Some of his sayings were collected by Sherab Jungne into what is known as the Single Intention (dgongs gcig), teachings of a profoundly philosophical character further developed in commentarial works written in the following generation. Some of Jikten Gonpo's teachings were collected by yet another disciple into what is known as the Heart of the Great Vehicle's Teachings (theg chen bstan pa'i snying po)..."

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Person description or short bio

Expand to see this person's philosophical positions on Buddha-nature.

Is Buddha-nature considered definitive or provisional?
Position: Definitive
Notes: Mathes, K., A Direct Path to the Buddha Within, p. 42 and 369.
All beings have Buddha-nature
If "Qualified", explain:
Which Wheel Turning
Position: Third Turning
Notes: Mathes, K., A Direct Path to the Buddha Within, p. 42.
Yogācāra vs Madhyamaka
Zhentong vs Rangtong
Promotes how many vehicles?
Position: 1
Notes: Mathes, K., A Direct Path to the Buddha Within, p. 42.
Analytic vs Meditative Tradition
What is Buddha-nature?
Position: Tathāgatagarbha as a Causal Potential or Disposition (gotra)
Notes: "The [buddha] element in sentient beings makes enlightenment attainable. This enlightenment is attained gradually and not instantaneously..." Mathes, K., A Direct Path to the Buddha Within, p. 42.
Svātantrika (རང་རྒྱུད་) vs Prāsaṅgika (ཐལ་འགྱུར་པ་)
Causal nature of the vajrapāda