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Mipam Gyatso(1846 - 1912) 
Ju Mipam Gyamtso was a prolific author who brought formal philosophical study, including debate, to the Nyingma tradition. Based in Kham during a period of great inter-sectarian exchange, he trained with the Kagyu lama Jamgön Kongtrul and the Sakya lama Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, among others, even as he preserved a strong Nyingma identity. Among his most celebrated works are the Beacon of Certainty and a commentary on the Ninth Chapter of the Bodhicaryāvatāra. In addition to his considerable literary output he spent decades of his life in retreat.

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For sentient beings, buddha-nature is present, but not yet manifest.
"The primordial endowment of the qualities of Buddha in sentient beings is a central part of Mipam’s presentation of Buddha-nature. This is an important aspect of his interpretation that he shares in common with the Jonang tradition." Duckworth, D., Mipam on Buddha-Nature, p. 97.

Buddha-nature is a third wheel teaching, but he holds both third and second to be of definitive meaning and integrates the two as noncontradictory in his presentation of buddha-nature as the unity of emptiness (in the seceond wheel) and appearance (of kayas and wisdoms in the third wheel). Duckworth, D., Mipam on Buddha-Nature, pp. 4-5.

Though his view is nuanced and he at times wrote from both perspectives. Following are some examples of these variations.

Though Mipam clearly presents several different perspectives on this issue:

Other names

  • མི་ཕམ་འཇམ་དབྱངས་རྣམ་རྒྱལ་རྒྱ་མཚོ་ · other names (Tibetan)
  • འཇམ་དཔལ་དགྱེས་པའི་རྡོ་རྗེ་ · other names (Tibetan)
  • འཇུ་མི་ཕམ་ · other names (Tibetan)
  • mi pham 'jam dbyangs rnam rgyal rgya mtsho · other names (Wylie)
  • 'jam dpal dgyes pa'i rdo rje · other names (Wylie)
  • 'ju mi pham · other names (Wylie)
  • mipham · other names

Affiliations & relations

  • Nyingma · religious affiliation
  • 'jam dbyangs mkhyen brtse'i dbang po · teacher
  • 'jam mgon kong sprul · teacher
  • Dpal sprul rin po che · teacher
  • Lung rtogs bstan pa'i nyi ma · teacher
  • Dzogchen Drubwang, 4th · teacher
  • A 'dzoms 'brug pa 'gro 'dul dpa' bo rdo rje · student
  • Las rab gling pa · student
  • Dodrupchen, 3rd · student
  • Zhechen Gyaltsab, 4th · student
  • Lung rtogs bstan pa'i nyi ma · student
  • Pad+ma dbang mchog rgyal po · student
  • Kun bzang dpal ldan · student
  • Khyentse, Dilgo · student