Minyak Kunzang Sönam
mi nyag kun bzang bsod nams
Thubten Chokyi Drakpa
thub bstan chos kyi grags pa
Minyak Khenpo Kunzang Sonam, Thubten Chokyi Drakpa (d.1901), was an amazing scholar from Minyak Kham. Kunzang Sonam was trained within the Geluk tradition, but later became one of the most important heart-students of Dza Patrul Rinpoche.
Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo
Alternate Names & Spellings
Khenpo Kunzang Sonam
Thubten Chökyi Drakpa (Wyl. thub bstan chos kyi grags pa) or Minyak Kunzang Sönam (Wyl. mi nyag kun bzang bsod nams) (1823-1905) was an important disciple of Patrul Rinpoche famous for his commentaries on the Bodhicharyavatara and Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva. He was a teacher of Loter Wangpo and Khunu Lama Tenzin Gyaltsen, from whom the Dalai Lama received teachings on the Bodhicharyavatara. Although a follower of the Gelugpa school, he is also mentioned as a prominent figure in the Dzogchen lineage of Patrul Rinpoche, and is also said to have composed some Sakya writings.
Chökyi Drakpa's writings include:
- The Excellent Vase that Grants the Qualities of the Bodhisattvas - a major commentary on the first eight chapters of the Bodhicharyavatara
- The Brilliant Torch - one of two commentaries to the famous ninth chapter of the Bodhicharyavatara
- Wisdom: Two Buddhist Commentarieswww.wisdom-books.com, Khenchen Kunzang Palden and Minyak Kunzang Sönam, translated by Padmakara Translation Group, 1993, 2nd edition 1999, ISBN 2-906949-07-8