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Kunga Legpai Zangpo (1455 - 1529), was also known by other names such as Drukpa Kunley, Drukpa Kunleg (Tibetan: འབྲུག་པ་ཀན་ལེགས་, Wylie: 'brug pa kun legs), and "The Divine Madman of the Dragon Lineage" Kunga Legpa (Tibetan: འབྲུག་སྨྱོན་ཀུན་དགའ་ལེགས་པ་, Wylie: 'brug smyon kun dgas pa).
Drukpa Kunley was born into the branch of the noble Gya (Tibetan: རྒྱ, Wylie: rgya) clan of Ralung in the Tsang region of western Tibet, which was descended from Lhabum (lha 'bum), the second eldest brother of Tsangpa Gyare Yeshe Dorje.
His father was Nang So Rin Chen Bzang Po.
He was the nephew of Gyalwang Kunga Paljor.
Visitors to Drukpa Kunley's monastery in Bhutan are welcome, but the visit requires a long uphill walk from the road. The monastery is very modest, only one smallish building, but it contains a wood-and-ivory lingam through which one can obtain blessings from the monk in residence.
Poems and songsof Drukpa Kunley
Poem about happiness
So I grow more and more into my inner happiness.
I can have sex with many women,
Outwardly I'm a fool
Outwardly, I enjoy wine, women and song.
and inwardly I do everything in the right moment.
Outwardly I am a ragged beggar
Song about the pleasure
The five spiritual ways
- Gyalwang Drukpa II, Gyalwang Kunga Paljor ('brug chen kun dgal 'byor) 1428-1476
- Lhatsun Kunga Chökyi Gyatso (lha btsun kun dgas kyi rgya mtsho) 1432-1505
- Pema Lingpa (padma gling pa) 1445-1521
Drukpa Kunley (Wyl. 'brug pa kun legs) or Kunga Lekpa (1455-1529) was an eccentric master of the 'crazy yogi' or 'divine madman' type, whose enlightened deeds and exploits, often involving women and alcohol, are commonly recounted even to this day among Tibetans and Bhutanese people.