Shangpa Lineage

PALZANG (1398-1465)

Sangye Palsang was born near Taksang in the mountains west of Lhasa to the Be family, his father was Pon Rinpoche Zang and mother was Tsebum Pal. His parents suffered much grief because they had lost their first child but hermit Ridro Rinchen and scholar and translator Jangchup Tsemo assured them that they would soon have a wonderful child and asked the parents to protect him. When the child was born his parents named him Name Sangye Palsang. As a small child Sangye Palsang was very kind and compassionate to all of the animals. He began to help the villagers by writing letters and reading documents when he was ten because was the best at writing letters in the province. At the age of fifteen, Sangye Palsang took novice monks' vows before the abbot Kenchen Galway Shangpa. He studied with Shangkarwa and by the age of eighteen was able to give new explanations on the texts. In his nineteenth year, he took the full monks' vows with Shangkarwa as his abbot, Lopon Kansan as the action teacher and Lama Sangye Dorje as his secret preceptor. Sangye Palsang trained in the two kinds of bodhichitta; following this he received instruction for the yoga's of Niguma, including the teachings on Inner heat yoga. After one year of practice he experienced the blazing heat of bliss and the realization of Illusoriness arose in him. He gained a clear understanding of the Dream yoga practices of transformation as well as a continuous experience of the clear light nature of mind. When Sangye Palsang passed sweet smells and a clear radiance filled the room and when his body was cremated rainbows shown in the sky.