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Early Masters (13th–16th)

From Kunpang to Dolpopa&Disciples– up to 15th cent.

Tangpo Chungwa Lodro Pel

Tangpo Chungwa, who was one of the Dharma lord Dölpopa's fourteen major disciples, studied at many places in Central Tibet and Tsang, especially Sakya monastery. When he first received the Kalacakra initiation and the instructions of the six-branch yoga from Dölpopa, the great master recognized him as an emanation of the eleventh-century yogin Yumowa. Tangpo Chungwa also received many transmissions from several of Dölpopa's other major disciples.

Puntsok Pelzang

Puntsok Pelzang, who was one of the Dharma lord Dölpopa's fourteen major disciples, first studied extensively in the Kagyu tradition. After seeing a copy of Dolpopa's Ocean of Definitive Meaning, he went to meet the great master and received many special teachings. He later lived and taught in Central Tibet, first at Sangpu Monastery and then in Penyul north of Lhasa. He mostly practiced and taught the Kalacakra tradition and the six-branch yoga.

Jonang Lotsawa Lodro Pal

Lodrö Pal was one of Dölpopa's fourteen major disciples. He was a great Sanskrit scholar who completed a new translation of the Kalacakra Tantra and the Vimalaprabha. Dölpopa personally selected Lodrö Pal as his successor and the fifth holder of the monastic seat of Jonang monastery. Lodrö Pal also made important new additions to the art and architecture of the Jonang stupa.

Sazang Mati Panchen

Sazang Mati Panchen Lodro Gyaltsen was born in the Ngari (mnga' ris) region of western Tibet. He was recognized very early as an emanation of the buddha Maitreya and could recite the Five Treatises of Maitreya from memory when he was four years old.

Kunga Drolchok

Kunga Drolchok was one of the greatest masters of 16th century Tibet. He studied, practiced, and taught many different teachings from various lineages, but especially those of the Sakya, Shangpa, and Jonang traditions. Kunga Drolchok’s exemplary life of nonsectarian study and practice, and his many written works, were later an inspiring example for the great Jamgon Kongtrul (1813–1899).

Nyawon Kunga Pal

Nyawon Kunga Pal (1285-1379) was one of Dolpopa Sherab Gyaltsen's fourteen major disciples. In addition to Dolpopa, he counted among his chief teachers Chogle Namgyal, Sakya Lama Dampa Sonam Gyaltsen (1312-1375), and Zhang Dodepal. He was also a great teacher of the Sakya tradition of the Path with the Result (lam 'bras).