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Dit. On his return to Tibet, he was stricken with fever and passed away in Buddh Gaya. 31 THE EARLY MASTERS SONAM TSEMO AND DHAGPA GYALTSHAN Kiin-ga Nyingpo's second son, the great Acarya Sbnam Tsemo, was able to recall his eleven preceding incarnations aspar;cjits such as the Indian Mahasiddha Durjayacandra. ยท' This was seen and its fame spread as far as the Ganges River. As a youth. he received much instruction from his father, Kiin-ga Nyingpo, Chawa Chbkyi Sengge and other masters, and he reflected deeply upon these teachings.

As well as other riches. On more than one occasion, the king said that no other spiritual tradition besides the Sakyapa should be followed in Tibet, but Chbgyal Phagpa refuted him. saying that each person should be allowed to follow his own tradition. By means of his clairvoyance, he could see that this would lead to a flourishing of the Dharma in the future. The king then accepted his advice and reversed his command. Without even looking at the other incidents of his life, this one alone fills one with great faith and admiration for him.

For three days, his body retained a radiant complexion: then on the morning of the eighteenth day of the month, his body was put into a box, and on the twenty-fifth, it was given to the fire. At that time, the sky was filled with such divine offerings as t10wers and the scent of sandalwood. From the smoke of the fire and the tent of rainbows surrounding it came gods and goddesses bearing parasols and victory banners. While they sang songs of joy and sounded cymbals, everyone saw the designs of a vajra, sword, lotus and other objects appear in the smoke.

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