Konchok Yenlak, the 5th Shamarpa

Könchok Yenlak, the 5th Shamarpa

According to his biographers, the 5th Shamarpa, Könchok Yenlak, was born in a remote area of Tibet called Kyen Zhölmo Ché. Shamar Könchok Yenlak is remembered for his tireless bodhisattva activity. He built a number of monasteries and ordained his disciples with great enthusiasm. He composed many memorable treatises, notably on madhyamika, abhidharma, tantric practice, the six yogas of Naropa, mahamudra meditation, and Tibetan language. His collected works are generally presented in eight substantial volumes.

Image: 18th century, Courtesy of the Himalayan Art Resource (item no. 3314391), Collection of Museum der Kulturen, Basel, detail. Biography courtesy of Pamela Gayle White.