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Tai Situpa, 8th Chokyi Jungne
Tai Situpa,  8th Chokyi Jungne

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Tibetan: Si tu chos kyi 'byung gnas

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(1700-1774) He of all the incarnation may well be the most extraordinary to date. He was a sage of great insight, a Sanskrit scholar, a doctor, and an innovative thangka painter. Even as a child he was a brilliant scholar and known for his ability to accurately predict future events. In 1727 he founded Palpung, the monastery in Dege that was subsequently the seat of the Tai Situpas. He was invited to China with the twelfth Karmapa,Changchup Dorje, but he remained behind to look after the monastery.

When the Karmapa died within a few days in China, Situ Chokyi Jungne was left with the responsibility of the Karmapa's monasteries in addition to his own. He became the teacher of the thirteenth Karmapa, Dudul Dorje, and of Tenpa Tsering, the king of Dege. With the patronage of the Dege king, who had asked him to revise the Kangyur and the Tengyur, the eighth Tai Situpa set up the Dege Printing Press at Lhundrup Tend.Texts Printed there were of such excellent quality that they have been reprinted in modern facsimile editions, with copies residing in Tibetan archives throughout the world. He was a linguist who taught in Sanskrit, Nepali, and Chinese, and his text on Tibetan grammar is still in use today.

The eighth Tai Situpa travelled widely in Tibet, Nepal, and China. He composed numerous texts on astrology and medicine, and he established styles of drawing and painting that were later developed and passed on by his students. Palpung Monastery itself became one of the most important monastic centers in Tibet, and it developed a unique scholarly and monastic tradition, which radiated to subsidiary monasteries in places as far-flung as Shitzang, Yunnan, Chinghai,and Shenwan. With the Dege king's sponsorship he established many monasteries beside Palpung.


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