Thubten Chökyi Drakpa

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Thubten Chökyi Drakpa or Minyak Kunzang Sönam (1823-1905) - an important disciple of Patrul Rinpoche famous for his commentaries on the Bodhicharyavatara and Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva. He was a teacher of Loter Wangpo and Khunu Lama Tenzin Gyaltsen, from whom the Dalai Lama received teachings on the Bodhicharyavatara. Although a follower of the Gelugpa school, he is also mentioned in as a prominent figure in the Dzogchen lineage of Patrul Rinpoche, and is also said to have composed some Sakya writings.


He composed a major commentary on the first eight chapters of the Bodhicharyavatara called The Excellent Vase that Grants the Qualities of the Bodhisattvas, and two commentaries to the famous ninth chapter on wisdom.

Further Reading

  • Wisdom: Two Buddhist Commentaries, Khenchen Kunzang Palden and Minyak Kunzang Sönam, translated by Padmakara Translation Group, 1993, 2nd edition 1999, ISBN 2-906949-07-8

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