Drubwang Shakya Shri


A Pure-vision Tértön of the Drukpa Kagyu School

Ngak’chang Rinpoche was introduced to the history of Shakya Shri by his great grandson – Sé Rinpoche. In a teaching given on the Confederate Sanghas of Aro Pilgrimage in 1992, Ngak’chang Rinpoche gave a discourse on dag-ngang gTér in which he discussed the importance of Shakya Shri as one of the great ngak’phang Lamas of recent history.

Ngak’chang Rinpoche said:

Shakya Shri was initially the cook at a Drukpa Kagyüd Gompa. He was known during that period of his life as a devout practitioner, but he was not particularly respected by the monks, who regarded his interest in practice with mild amusement. They were not aware that their cook was a truly great yogi, and so they would often make fun of him when he attended the teachings in his free time. On one occasion the Abbott of the gompa reprimanded the monks for the stupidity and ignorance of their remarks. He told them that there would come a time when they would look back on their behaviour with shame. He told them that when they realised who Shakya Shri was, that they would be grateful to have a drop of his urine to drink.

Shakya Shri became a pure-vision Tértön, who received a cycle of Térmas directly from Milarépa. It is this body of teachings which is practised today at the A’pho Rinpoche Gompa in Manali – in the Kulu Valley, Himachal Pradesh, Northern India. This picture of Shakya Shri is a mixture of photography and painting. Ngak’chang Rinpoche photographed this portrait at the A’pho Rinpoche Gompa when he stayed there in 1982. Part of the gTérma of Shakya Shri is a secret namthar (spiritual biography) of Milarépa in which it is disclosed that Milarépa was not a celibate yogi as is often thought. In this namthar the details of his female spiritual consort are given, and an image of Milarépa is presented which shows him to be a ngakpa in the authentic sense of the word – an ordained Vajrayana practitioner like his teacher Marpa. This portrait shows Shakya Shri wearing a red, white, and blue striped ngak’phang shawl. He is wearing the ngak’phang conch earrings (dung kyi a long) and the chuba of a naljorpa.

Drubwang Shakya Shri : The cook who became Mahasiddha
Posted on June 10, 2012 by snowraven9

Shakya Shri began his spritual life as a cook at Dugu Monastery. In the evening after his daily tasks was done he would sit beside the stove tying hos hair to the ceiling singlepointedly practice the whole hight Shakya Shri practiced with great diligence under the guidance of the 6th Khamtrul Rinpoche Tenpai Nyima (1849-1907) who became his root guru recieving the teachings of Mahamudra From Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo(1820-1892) he recieved all the Nyingma tranmissions and teachings thus accomplishing the teaching of Dzogchen

For many years Shakya Shri practiced in a remote cave above the Khampagar monastery in Kham.

With his consort and children. All the family was happily living and practicing in absolute solitude and poverty. The mocking of the monks continued and they became known as the dirty yogi family in the cave above who pollute the water in the valley.

It was not until the 6th Yongzin Rinpoche Sheja Khunkyen travelled to teach in that area that Shakya Shri’s realization became known Yongzin Rinpoche was camping with his retinue in a pasture below Shakya Shri’s cave and while meditating had a vision of the entire mandala of 13 Cakrasambhava manifesting where Shakya Shri’s cave lay Upon asking the locals who lived there they replied ‘the dirty yogi’ Yongzin Rinpoche invited Shakya Shri down to the monastery and tested his realization and was amazed at what Shakya Shri achieved He then named him Drubwang Shakya Shri(Drubwang means Great Yogi) and composed a prayer in praise of Shakya Shri’s expriences He was also named Shakya Shri Jhana by Mipham Rinpoche after recognizing his profound understanding of Dzogchen.

About seven years before he passed away he was invited by the 10th Gyalwang rukpa to Druk Sangag Choeling Monastery in Southern Tibet for personal teachings and to propagate the Drukpa Lineage However Shakya Shri requested to live in a remote place so the Gyalwang Drukpa assisted him in settling at Kyiphuk (Happy Cave) Shakya Shri became the root guru of the 10th Gyalwang Drukpa and many students acroos the Hinalayas flocked to recieve teachings from him Kyiphuk became a huge yogic training centre whgere all types of students monks, nuns, lay men and women practiced diligently under tight schedules living in cave dens tents and holes for no building was allowed. Each was trained according to their capacity in Dzogchen or Mahamudra. There was one hill for Dzogchen practitioners and another for Mahamudra. Many signs and realizations were displayed at that time and people’s minds were transformed just by visiting the place Everything was imbued with Dharma.

There were countlees miracles thet his students witnessed and recounted including one where his body was transparent so that a butter lamp could be seen through it and he cast no shadow. Every one of his students manifested great signs at the time of death showing their level of realization to be very high. His students and student’s students are still scatttered everywhere throughout the Himalayas.

Throughout the end of his life He used all his resources to renovate the 3 Holy Stupas of nepal Bhoudanath, Swayambhunath and Namo Buddha Though not all his renovations were completed during his lifetime. His sons finished the work soon after his passing He had 6 sons and 4 daughters. All were great masters and lineage holders in their own right. The daughters were all realized yoginis and emanations of Wisdom Dakinis and diplayed many miraculous powers.

The youngest daughter Ashi Phurla was the spiritual consort of 10th Gyalwang Drukpa and their son the 1st Thuksey Rinpoche without whom the Drukpa Lineage would have fallen apart at the critical time of the Cultural Revolution.