Rechung Dorje Drak

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Rechung Dorje Drak
Rechungpa looking for Milarepa inside the Yak's Horn from a painting by Dugu Choegyal Rinpoche

Rechung Dorje Drak (Tib. རས་ཆུང་རྡོ་རྗེ་གྲགས་, Wyl. ras chung rdo rje grags) or Rechungpa (Tib. རས་ཆུང་པ་, Wyl. ras chung pa) (1083/5-1161) was one of the main disciples of Jetsün Milarepa. In later biographies, he is mentioned as the second most important of Milarepa's students, the 'moon-like' disciple, with Gampopa being the foremost, and compared to the sun. Rechungpa, as his name suggests, was a cotton-clad yogin, unlike Gampopa who was a monk.

Primary Students

  • Sumpa aka Sumtön (Tib. སུམ་སྟོན་, Wyl. sum ston), Tsangpa Sumpa (Tib. གཙང་པ་སུམ་པ་, Wyl. gtsang pa sum pa) and Dampa Sumpa (Tib. དམ་པ་སུམ་པ་, Wyl. dam pa sum pa)
  • Gyal-lo
  • Yang-gön aka Tönpa Yangdak Pal
  • Yeshe Lama (Tib. ཡེ་ཤེས་བླ་མ་, Wyl. ye shes bla ma)


  • White Rock Vajra Fortress

Further Reading

  • Peter Alan Roberts, The Biographies of Rechungpa: The Evolution of a Tibetan Hagiography, Routledge, 2007
  • Thrangu Rinpoche, Rechungpa: A Biography of Milarepa's Disciple, Namo Buddha Publications, 2002

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