Drukpa Kunley

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Drukpa Kunley from a painting by Dugu Choegyal Rinpoche

Drukpa Kunley (Tib. འབྲུག་པ་ཀུན་ལེགས་, Wyl. 'brug pa kun legs) or Kunga Lekpa (1455-1529) was an eccentric master of the 'crazy yogi' or 'divine madman' type, whose enlightened deeds and exploits, often involving women and alcohol, are commonly recounted even to this day among Tibetans and Bhutanese people. Drukpa Kunle is considered to have been a rebirth of the Indian mahasiddha Shawaripa, who was known, like Drukpa Kunley, to lead a hunting dog and carry a bow and arrow.

Further Reading

  • Keith Dowman, Divine Madman: The Sublime Life and Songs of Drukpa Kunley, Dawn Horse Press, 1982

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