mnyam med sangs rgyas dpal bzang
Nyamé Sangyé Palsang was born near Taktsang in the mountains west of Lhasa to the Be family, his father was Pön Rinpoché Zang and his mother Tsebum Pal.
His parents suffered much grief because they had lost their first child but hermit Ritrö Rechen Sangyé Sengé and scholar and translator Jangchup Tsemo assured them that they would soon have a wonderful child and asked the parents to protect him. When the child was born his parents named him name Sangyé Palsang.
As a small child Sangyé Palsang was very kind and compassionate to all of the animals. He began to help the villagers by writing letters and reading documents when he was ten because was the best at writing letters in the province.
At the age of fifteen, Sangyé Palsang took novice monks’ vows before the abbot Kenchen Gyalwé Shangpa.
He studied with Shangkarwa Rinchen Gyaltsen and by the age of eighteen was able to give new explanations on the texts. In his nineteenth year, he took the full monks’ vows with Shangkarwa as his abbot, Lopön Kansan as the action teacher and Lama Sangyé Dorjé as his secret preceptor. Sangyé Palsang trained in the two kinds of bodhicitta; following this he received instruction for the Six Yogas of Niguma, including the teachings on Inner Heat. After one year of practice he experienced the blazing heat of bliss and the realization of illusoriness arose in him. He gained a clear understanding of the Dream Yoga practices of transformation as well as a continuous experience of the clear light nature of mind.
When Sangyé Palsang passed away, sweet smells and a clear radiance filled the room and when his body was cremated rainbows were seen in the sky.
He is the fifth of the Later Seven Jewels of the Shangpa Kagyü.
Adapted from: mnyam med chos rje rin po che sangs rgyas dpal bzang gi rnam thar, shangs chos, vol. 1, p. 641-656. (Translation from Tibetan by Lama Shérab Drimé).