Khenpo Sherab Sangpo will teach a series of teachings on A Lamp to Dispel Darkness: An Instruction that Points Directly to the Very Essence of Mind In the Tradition of the Old Realized Ones by Mipham Rinpoché. Visit our teaching schedule page of our website to find registration information for our online events.
We are looking for the English translations for the two commentaries on A Lamp to Dispel Darkness: An Instruction that Points Directly to the Very Essence of Mind In the Tradition of the Old Realized Ones by Mipham Rinpoché written by Khangsar Tenpé Wangchuk (Ontrul Tenpa’i Wangchuk) and Khenchen Jigmé Phuntsok. If you know of an extant version in English, please contact Kate Thomas at (651) 647-6767, or email Kate Thomas (Gyurmé Chötso).
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Biography of Mipham Rinpoché
In his early career, Mipam studied the Bodhicaryāvatāra with Dza Patrul Orgyen Jigme Chokyi Wangpo (1808-1887). The teaching only took five days, but apparently this was enough for Mipam to fully comprehend the words and meaning of this classic. He later composed an important commentary on the ninth chapter—the Wisdom Chapter—of this Indian classic. Patrul was later asked, “Who is more learned, you or Mipam?” To which he replied that they were about even in sutra, but that Mipam was much better in tantra.
Throughout his life, Mipam is said to have read the entire collection of the translated words of the Buddha, in one hundred and eight volumes, seven times. Mipam’s knowledge did not always come without effort. He is reported to have struggled with the Vinaya Sutra, a central text outlining the essentials of Buddhist ethics. Only after he read the entire thirteen volumes of the Vinaya section of the Buddhist canon did he express satisfaction with his understanding.
Mipam studied the wide range of Buddhist scriptures with a number of prominent teachers of his day, such as Dzogchen Khenpo Pema Vajra (1807-1884). He considered the Sakya master Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (1820-1892), to be his main teacher. He received instructions on the fundamentals of the Buddhist path, and what are known as the common arts such as grammar, from the famous scholar-practitioner, Jamgon Kongtrul Yonten Gyatso (1813-1899). Mipam, along with Kongtrul and Jamyang Khyentse, came to be known as “the three Jamgon of Kham”—jamgon being an epithet for a consummate scholar who embodies wisdom.
Excerpt from the biography written by Douglas Duckworth for The Treasury of Lives
Online Resources for Mipham Rinpoché
- A Lamp to Dispel Darkness: An Instruction that Points Directly to the Very Essence of Mind In the Tradition of the Old Realized Ones by Mipham Rinpoché – Root text translated by Adam Pearcey – Lotsawa House
- Root text and commentary to The Lamp that Dispels Darkness by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoché in The Collected Works of Dilgo Khyentse, Volume Three
- Way of the Old Realized Dogs: Advice that Points out the Essence of Mind Called A Lamp that Dispels Darkness by Ju Mipham Namgyal – Root text translated by Tony Duff
- Mipham Rinpoche – Rigpa Wiki
- Mipham Rinpoche Series – Lotsawa House
- Ju Mipham Gyatso – Himalayan Art Resources
- Mipham Rinpoche – Rangjung Yeshe Wiki
- Mipam Gyatso – The Treasury of Lives
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