Sotang Yardrok

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Sotang Yardrok (Tib. གསོ་ཐང་ཡར་འབྲོག་དགོན་, Wyl. gso thang yar ’brog dgon) is a Sakya monastery located in Powo.[1]

Location

Sotang Yardok is located close to Tramog.[2][3]

Foundation

Sotang Yardrok was founded around the fifteenth century by Kunga Tenzin (Wyl. kun dga’ bstan ‘dzin), a direct disciple of Gowo Rabjampa Sonam Senge (Wyl. go bo rab 'byams pa bsod nams seng ge) (1429-1489).[4]

Description

It is reported that originally Sotang Yardrok was a place for monks as well as for white robed monastery, thus a place for lay tantric practitioners.

Development

Due to his founder’s background, Sotang Yardrok was a Sakya monastery, and likely connected to the Sakya strongholds in Central Tibet. After the death of its founder, there was no head lama for a long time, and Sotang Yardrok was taken care of personally by the Kanam Depa of that time. After that, it is said that Chögyal Pakpa (1235-1280) visited the monastery on his way to China. [5][6]

Main Practices

The main practices of Sotang Yardrok are Lamdré and Hevajra, as taught in the Sakya lineage.

Main Teachers

There has been a line of eight tulkus of the founder Kunga Tenzin.

Notes

  1. Emeric Yeshe Dorje, The History of the Düdjom Tersar Lineage, forthcoming.
  2. It is located between 95° and 96° width and 29° height on map of East Tibet, Gecko Maps, A. Rohweder, Switzerland.
  3. Phurbu rdo rje (1988), sPo bo lo rgyus, [History of Powo], Lhasa: Bod ljongs mi dmangs dpe skrun khang.
  4. It is written go‘u rab ‘byams in Phurbu rdo rje (1988), sPo bo lo rgyus, [History of Powo], Lhasa: Bod ljongs mi dmangs dpe skrun khang.
  5. Phurbu rdo rje (1988), sPo bo lo rgyus, [History of Powo], Lhasa: Bod ljongs mi dmangs dpe skrun khang.
  6. This information is to be taken with a grain of salt as the date of this supposed visit does conflict with the chronological order of previous events, preceding them.

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