Lang Pelgyi Sengge

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Lang Pelgyi Sengge 8th cent.

Name Variants: Pelgyi Sengge

Pelgyi Sengge (dpal gyi seng ge), born into the Lang (rlangs / glang) clan, was the son of Ame Changchub Dekhol (a mes byang chub 'dre khol), who had been a disciple of Padmasambhava and participated in the Buddhist subjugation of Tibetan deities. His mother was Jomo Kaldenma (jo mo skal ldan ma).

King Tri Songdetsen sent Pelgyi Sengge to India to serve as a translator. Later, Padmasambhava empowered Pelgyi Sengge; his flower landed on the maṇḍala of Jigten Choto ('jig rten mchog bstod). As the fruition of his practice, he came to be served by the eight groups of spirits.

While practicing meditation at Paro Taksang in Bhutan, he received a vision of the wrathful buddha Trakpa Kundu (dregs pa kun 'dul), of the Jigten Choto Maṇḍala, and subsequently achieved both common and uncommon accomplishments.

Pelgyi Sengge fathered three sons and passed on the tantric teachings through them. His reincarnations include Rabton Tobden Dorje (rwa ston stobs ldan rdo rje, d.u.) and Dzogchen Drubwang Pema Rigdzin (rdzogs chen grub dbang pad+ma rig 'dzin, 1625-1692).




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Arthur Mandelbaum
August 2007