Gyerpung Nangzher Löpo

Deities & Enlightened Teachers
 

Gyerpung Nangzher Lópo was a renowned eighth century scholar and practitioner. He was the first to put down in writing the Zhang Zhung Nyen Gyü (Oral Transmission of Zhang Zhung), one of the most revered series of Bön dzogchen teachings, which he received from his master, Tapihritsa.

Nangzher Lópo belonged to the illustrious Gurib family of Zhang Zhung, an important family with several previous Bön lineage holders. He received teachings from Dawa Gyaltsen. Through the practice of the yidam Zhang Zhung Meri he obtained great power and became royal priest to King Ligmincha. However, Nangzher Lópo developed pride due to his great power and fame, and it was to help him overcome this pride that Tapihritsa, after attaining the rainbow body, appeared to him in the form of a young boy who challenged his understanding of self-nature and released him from his subtle obscurations.

This thangka illustrates the moment when Nangzher Lópo achieved supreme realization and spontaneously composed a devotional prayer of invocation to his compassionate master, Tapihritsa, who manifested in the sky above him as a radiant Buddha of white light.