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Alison Melnick, 2007

NameDaklagampo དགས་ལྷ་སྒམ་པོ།
PeriodGampopa’s lifetime
Transliteration formdags lha sgam po
Sectarian affiliationKagyu
Source of informationRoerich, George N. The Blue Annals Motilal Banarsidass, Delhi 1996 (Reprint) Snellgrove, David, and Hugh Richardson. A Cultural History of Tibet Shambhala Press, Boston and London, 1995. Yeshi, Pedron and Jeremy Russell Cho-yang. The Voice of Tibetan Religion and Culture The Council of Religious and Cultural Affiars of H.H. the Dalai Lama, 1995. The Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center external link: http://www.tbrc.org
Blue Annals Referencespp. 528, 719, 976

Daklagampo and the Blue Annals

According to Snellgrove, Daklagampo was founded by Gampopa, Milarepa's direct lineal successor (Snellgrove, pg. 136).Daklagampo is only mentioned three times in the entire Blue Annals. In the first of these three occurrences, a practitioner sees Daklagampo in a vision that he has while taking part in a tantric practice (a tantric feast : tshogs gral) directly before suddenly reclling all of his former existences. It is interesting that he sees the mountains of Daklagampo directly before he attains this level of understanding. Although Daklagampo is not mentioned anywhere else in this passage, it is clearly a symbol of realization for this practitioner. The other significant mention of the monastery in the Blue Annals is on pg. 719, where a sacrifice is performed for a local deity that results in a treasure revelation. The account provides detailed information as to how treasures were revealed. In the account, Dungsorepa (dung tsho ras pa) performs a sacrifice to the Tsen spirit (Tsen are wrathful spirits) of Daklagampo which results in his discovery of a treasure in the nearby lake. In these accounts, Daklagampo is associated with two different kinds of influence for practitioners. In the first, the result of intensive practice is heralded by a vision of the mountains near the monastery. The land itself is considered sacred enough to serve as a symbol of attainment of a high level of realization. In the second account, propitiating the deities associated with the region results in treasure revelation, which suggests that the deities associated with Daklagampo are especially powerful.

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