Namchö Mingyur Dorje

Namchö Mingyur Dorje (Tibetan: གནམ་ཆོས་མི་འགྱུར་རྡོ་རྗེ།, Wylie: gnam chos mi 'gyur rdo rje, 1645–1667) was an important tertön or "treasure revealer" in Tibetan Buddhism. His extraordinary "pure vision" revelations, which mostly occurred around the age of 16, are known as the Namchö (Wylie: gnam-chos "Sky Dharma" terma. He first transmitted these to his teacher Karma Chakmé (Wylie: karma chags med, 1613-1678), the illustrious Buddhist scholar of the Kagyu school, who wrote them down. The collection of his revelations fill thirteen Tibetan volumes and are the basis of one of the main practice traditions of the Palyul lineage, a major branch of the Nyingma school of Tibetan Buddhism. He was considered to be a reincarnation of Palgyi Senge of Shubu, one of the ministers the 8th-century Tibetan King Trisong Detsen sent to invite Padmasambhava to Tibet. He recognized Kunzang Sherab as the Lineage Holder of the Namchö terma.[1] Loden Chegse, one of Padmasambhava's eight emanations, had a vision which helped him learn to read and write. At age 7, his Dakini visions helped focus on reliance upon the lama. At age 10, after a vision and with a Dharma Protector's help, he met his root lama Karma Chagme. Karma Chakmé recognized him as manifestation of Padmasambhava, Senge Dradok. Mingyur Dorje revealed the Namchö treasures at age thirteen, which were written down with Karma Chakmé's help while they stayed in retreat together for three years.

Namchö Mingyur Dorje
gNam-chos Mi-'gyur rdo-rje
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Near the Nabun Fortress in Ngom, Nangchen, Kham
Notable work(s)“Hundred Thousand Names of the Buddhas” prayer, and other texts on fire-puja rituals, grammar, poetry, spiritual poems, collected in three small volumes, in addition to 13 volumes of revealed treasures
Dharma namesTertön Sherab Mebar (gter ston shes rab me 'bar) ("Treasure Revealer with Blazing Wisdom")
Senior posting
TeacherKarma Chagme (ka+rma chags med 1610/1613-1678)
SuccessorNamcho Rigdzin Namkha Chowang (gnam chos rig 'dzin nam mkha' chos dbang, died 1784)
ReincarnationTrulzhik Chenpo Wangdrak Gyatso ('khrul zhig chen po dbang drag rgya mtsho, died c. 1640)

He showed signs of illness at age 23, which progressed to his mind stream dissolving in to the great sphere of empty truth with full eight Heruka vision and mandalas.

Variant namesEdit

He was also known as Drakpo Nuden Tsel, Mingyur Dorje, Terton Mingyur Dorje, and Terton Sherab Mebar.[2]

See alsoEdit



  • Karma Chagmé (2008). The All Pervading Melodious Sound of Thunder: The outer liberation story of Terton Migyur Dorje. Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center. Sonam Tsewang, Judith Amtzis (translators). Palri Parkhang.
  • Karma Chagmé (February 2010). A Spacious Path to Freedom: Practical Instructions on Union of Mahamudra and Atiyoga. B. Alan Wallace (translator), Gyatrul Rinpoche (introduction). Ithaca: Snow Lion (published 2009). pp. 9–11. ISBN 978-1-55939-340-9.
  • Tsering Lama Jampal Zangpo (Tshe-riṅ Bla-ma ʾJam-dpal-bzaṅ-po); Khenpo Namdrol (1988). A Garland of Immortal Wish-fulfilling Trees: The Palyul Tradition of Nyingmapa. Sangye Khandro (translator). Ithaca: Snow Lion Publications. pp. 45–52. ISBN 0937938645.
  • Brief History of Rinchen Terdzoed (gter mdzod lo rgyus gces btus blo gsal dgyes pa'i 'dzum zer). Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center. Byallakuppe: Ngagyur Nyingma Institute. 2001. pp. 120–123.
  • Oasis of Liberation. Byallakuppe: Ngagyur Rigzöd Editions. 2009.
  • Georgios T. Halkias (2013). Luminous Bliss: a Religious History of Pure Land Literature in Tibet. With an Annotated Translation and Critical Analysis of the Orgyen-ling golden short Sukhāvatīvyūha-sūtra. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, Chapter 5.
  • Samten Chhosphel (August 2011). "Namcho Mingyur Dorje". The Treasury of Lives: Biographies of Himalayan Religious Masters.
  • Halkias, Georgios (2003), "Pure-Lands and other Visions in Seventeenth-Century Tibet: a Gnam-chos sādhana for the pure-land Sukhāvatī revealed in 1658 by Gnam-chos Mi-'gyur-rdo-rje (1645-1667)", in Cuevas, Bryan J.; Schaeffer, Kurtis R. (eds.), Power, Politics and the Reinvention of Tradition: Tibet in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century' Tibet in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, PIATS (2003), Leiden: Brill (published 2006), pp. 103–128, ISBN 9004153519, ISSN 1568-6183
  • Short biographies of Mingyur Dorje:
    • Ein Tibetisches Wunschgebet um Wiedergeburt in der Sukhāvatī by Peter Schwieger (1978). St. Augustin: VGH Wissenschaftsverlag.
    • ‘gNam čhos, Die Schriften des Mi 'gyur rdo rĵe (1646-1667)’ by Von. R.O. Meisezahl (1981). Ural-Altaische Jahrbücher, Neue Folge, Wienbaden, Harrassowitz, 1:195-226.
    • Recherches sur l’Épopée et le Barde du Tibet. by A. Stein (1959). Paris: Presses Universitaires de France.


  1. ^ Chagme, Karma; Lopon Sonam Tsewang; Judith Amtzis (30 April 2008). The All-Pervading Melodious Sound of Thunder: The Outer Liberation Story of Terton Migyur Dorje. Pharping, Nepal: Palri Translations Group.
  2. ^ Samten Chhosphel (August 2011). "Namcho Mingyur Dorje". The Treasury of Lives: Biographies of Himalayan Religious Masters. Retrieved 2013-10-08.

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