Tokme Zangpo

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Tokme Zangpo (T. Thogs med bzang po ཐོགས་མེད་བཟང་པོ་) (1295-1369), a.k.a. Gyalse Tokme Zangpo, was a Kadampa master of the fourteenth century based at Ngulchu Monastery where he sat in retreat for twenty years. He had previously served as the abbot of Bodong E for about nine years, from 1326 to 1335.[1]

Significant in the transmission of Lojong teachings, his compositions include the famous Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva, one of the classics of Tibetan buddhist literature. A specialist in tantric Mahākaruṇā, he was a disciple of Butön Rinchen Drup and a teacher of Rendawa Zhönu Lodrö, and is counted as seventy-third in the Lamrim lineage.[1]

He also composed a commentary on the Bodhisattvacāryāvatāra, entitled The Ocean of Good Saying (legs par bshad pa'i rgya mtsho).[2]

He is also known as Ngulchu Tokme.[3]

Further reading


  1. 1.0 1.1 Tsadra commons icon.jpg Thogs med bzang po, Tsadra Commons
  2. Treasury-of-lives-logo-sm.png Gyelse Tokme Zangpo, Treasury of Lives
  3. Ringu Tulku. Daring Steps towards Fearlessness (p. 57). Shambhala.