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Gampopa སྒམ་པོ་པ།

(Sönam Rinchen, Dakpo Rinpoche)

1079 – 1153 CE

Doctor, student of Milereapa, and founder of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism; Gampopa started as a householder with a family and then became a monk when they died. In a similar way, he changed the yogi/householder style of Marpa and Milarepa into a monastic approach. He integrated Atisha’s Kadam school with the Mahamudra teachings of Milerapa and four of his disciples founded the four main Kagyu schools. Though on the surface, this moved the tradition away from the non-thought, wisdom-beyond-words approach and instead emphasized rules and concepts; stories tell of Taoist teachers and influences on Gampopa, secret practices and teachings he gave in this lineage as well.




Jewel Ornament of Liberation

Quotes by Gampopa (7 quotes)

“Enlightenment is not far away.”

from Jewel Ornament of Liberation

Chapters: 34. An Unmoored Boat

Themes: Enlightenment

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“The best signs of success are a decreasing of self-centeredness.”

from Jewel Ornament of Liberation

Chapters: 2. The Wordless Teachings

Themes: Success

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“Grant your blessing so that confusion may dawn as wisdom.”

from Jewel Ornament of Liberation

Chapters: 32. Uncontrived Awareness

Themes: Confusion Wisdom

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“Regard everyone you meet as the Buddha.”

from Jewel Ornament of Liberation

Chapters: 25. The Mother of All Things

Themes: Sacred World

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“When thoughts arise, recognize them clearly as your teacher.”

from Jewel Ornament of Liberation

Chapters: 27. No Trace

Themes: Teachers

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“You should meditate on death without thinking of anything else, like a mother whose only child has died.”

from Jewel Ornament of Liberation

Chapters: 24. Unnecessary Baggage

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“In the end, you should know that there is nothing else to do like a shepherd whose flocks have been driven off by his enemies.”

from Journey to Enlightenment

Chapters: 57. Wu Wei

Themes: Emptiness

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Quotes about Gampopa (1 quotes)

“The songs of Gampopa inspire us in the supreme samadhi that quells neurotic tendencies... by achieving ultimate samatha-vipasyana and realizing the great bliss”

Chögyam Trungpa 1939 – 1987 CE
from Rain of Wisdom

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