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An inspiring and obtainable consultant to the 3 crucial dimensions of the religious direction, in keeping with the Sakya culture of Tibetan Buddhism.

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Preeminent among these was that of the great Sachen Kunga Nyingpo (1092-1156), whose line of transmission is called the "direct line" because Virilpa, Damarilpa (an Indian master of Lam dre and the teacher of Gayadhara's teacher Avadhiltipa), and Gayadhara appeared to him in visions and gave a month-long transmission on seventy-two anuttarayoga tantras and the Four Profound Dharmas of Sakya. Later, Ngorchen Kunga Zangpo (1382-1456), the founder of the Ngor school of the Sakya order, caused Lam dre to become widespread through his lifelong career of transmitting its teaching.

Viravajra then told his pupil: Rejoice, for I have successfully transmitted all the teachings I have to give. Now go to Tibet and integrate your practice and teaching. I will come some time to help clear up your doubts. Since you are the holder of the teachings ofViriipa, there will come a master who will bring the entire teaching to your doorstep. xx:xi THE THREE LEVELS OF SPIRITUAL PERCEPTION Drogmi returned to Tibet and taught many disciples, among them the great Marpa Lotsawa, Milarepa's guru.

Sarvavid-Vairocana, Tib. Kun-rig rnam-par snang-mdzad, the main deity in the Elimination ofBad Rebirths, Skt. Durgati-parishodhana-tantra), for rescuing beings who have fallen into unhappy states. He studied these and other rites with Deshung Chophel, a learned monk from the Deshung regionwho was a close disciple of Garon Rinpoche and who became the fifth abbot of the Dsongsar seminary. When the new Tarlam temple was finished later that year, Gaton Rinpoche held the official investiture of Deshung Rinpoche III, regent and heir to the Tarlam throne.

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