Kandrak - unidentified Buddhist monastic site, CN

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Potowa Rinchen Sal  b.1027 - d.1105 […] was an important master of the early Kadam. He founded the [Poto] monastery in Penyul for which he was named: Potowa, in Penyul. He ordained at Gyel Lhakang, and went to Reting in 1058, becoming a chief disciple of Dromton and serving as that monastery’s third abbot.”

Penyul ('phan yul), a valley north of Lhasa,- www.treasuryoflives.org/biographies/view/Vairocanavajra/13066

“Potowa Rinchen Sal Chokle Namgyel (po to ba rin chen gsal phyogs las rnam rgyal) was born in either 1027 or 1031. He ordained at Gyel Lhakang (rgyal lha khang) in the presence of Lan Tsuljang (glan tshul byang, d.u.) and served as steward for Drayab Monastery (brags rgyab) in Penyul ('phan yul).
At the age of twenty-eight, in 1058, Potowa went to Reting Monastery (rwa sgreng) and became one of three main disciples of Dromton Gyelwa Jungne ('brom ston rgyal ba 'byung gnas, 1005-1064), the main disciple of Atisha Dīpaṃkara Śrījñāna (c.982-1054). The other two were Puchungwa Zhonnu Gyeltsen (phu chung ba gzhon nu rgyal mtshan, 1031-1106) and Chennga Tsultrim Bar (spyan snga tshul khrims 'bar, 1038-1103.
Dromton passed away six years later, in 1064, after which Potowa went into retreat for roughly fifteen years. At the age of fifty he began teaching, staying at Kandrak (mkhan grags), Drolag (sgro lag), and Tartok (mthar thog), all in Penyul, as well as the site where Taklungtangpa Tashi Pel (stag lung thang pa bkra shis dpal, b. 1142) would late found Taklung (stag lung) Monastery. Later in life he founded the Poto Monastery (po to) in Penyul. He also served as abbot of Reting Monastery following Gonpawa Wangchuj Gyeltsen (dgon pa ba dbang phyug rgyal mtshan, 1016-1082). […]

Input by: tmciolek, Mar 25, 2013

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