Dungtso Repa ''The Earlier''
He was considered an incarnation of Nyang Tingzin Zangpo (myang ting 'dzin bzang po, 8th cent.) as well as of Kyepo Yeshe Dorje (skye po ye shes rdo rje, 12th cent.), a disciple of Gampopa Sonam Rinchen (sgam po pa bsod nams rin chen, 1079-1153).
In his youth Dungtso Repa stayed at the Densa Til (gdan sa mthil) monastery, the seat of Pakmodrupa's (phag mo gru pa) disciples. There he took novice ordination with a lama named Chennga Sertokpa (spyan snga gser thog pa, 1250-1310) and was giving the name Sherab Gyeltsen (shes rab rgyal mtshan).
From beneath the floorboard of the hut he extracted a treasure inventory (gter kyi kha byang) that listed treasures concealed by Gampopa. According to the inventory he was to reveal the treasure in the year 1315.
With a clear mission, Dungtso Repa set out for Daklha Gampo (dwags lha sgam po), where he took final ordination with a lama named Dorje Lowa (rdo rje blo ba), receiving the name Rinchen Zangpo (rin chen bzang po).
Memorizing the text on the scrolls he returned them to the inside of the image, which he concealed in a crack in a cliff face. He brought the rest of the contents of the casket to Daklha Gampo, but left the monastery several days later.
Fearing that thieves might take his treasure, Dungtso Repa went to Mt. Tsari (tsa ri), staying at Kala Dungtso (kA la dung mtsho) for a year, and attracting some eight hundred disciples, mostly cotton-clad hermits in the tradition of Milarepa.
One, Drogon Rinchendze ('gro mgon rin chen mdzes), from Tselpa Chukpo (mtshal pa phyug po) monastery, apparently knew of the treasures Dungtso Repa had in his possession, and received the entire transmission from him.
The treasure Dungtso Repa had extracted was eventually codified as the Wish Granting Instruction on Mind (sems khrid yid bzhin nor bu), which came to be trasmitted primarily through the Zurmang Nyengyu tradition (zur mang snyan brgyud).
His lineage holders included Trulzhik Nauwa ('khrul zhig sna'u ba), Tsari Repa (tsa ri ras pa), Jema Repa (bye ma ras pa), Domtsang Repa (dom tshang ras pa), Drolungpa (sgrod lung pa), and Tagtsang Repa (stag tshang ras pa).
Jakob Leschly August 2007