Tsarchen Losal Gyatso and the Tsarpa Lineage

Sakya Losal Choe Dzong and its sister centres are deeply associated with the late Kyabje Chogye Trichen Rinpoche, as he was the patron of the centre and main Heart Guru of Lama Choedak Rinpoche.  In exile, Kyabje Chogye Trichen Rinpoche was undisputedly recognised as the head of Tsarpa lineage. The Tsarpa branch of the Sakya school was founded by Tsarchen Losal Gyatso (1502-1556), who established the Dar Drangmoche Monastery in Tsang Province in Central Tibet. Tsarchen was a master of extraordinary realisation who beheld pure visions of Guru Padmasambhava, Vajrayogini, Chakrasamvara, Kalachakra, Yamantaka and numerous other masters and tantric deities. He met them just as one would meet another person, face to face. The uncommon Path with the Result (Lamdre Lobshe) was transmitted and elaborated on by Tsarchen, as was the uncommon Vajrayogini practice lineage of the Sky-going Goddess of Naropa (Naro Khachoma).

The Tsarpa lineage is renowned for maintaining all the highly prized uncommon and most esoteric meditation lineages of the Sakya school – so Tsarpa masters have traditionally been represented as the holders of the practice lineage within the Sakya tradition. The precious practice lineages for which the Tsarpa are known include the uncommon Path with the Result (Lamdre Lobshe), the uncommon Vajrayogini of Naropa, the greater and lesser Mahakala, the Thirteen Golden Dharmas, the Kalachakra of the Jonangpas and many others.

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