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They did as requested, and as signs of their movement, many people saw a great number of ravens eating the torma offerings (made by the translator), then flying off in the direction of India. And they heard a great roar. At that time, the realm protector Caturmukha said to the translator, "Previously, I was sent by the yogin! on the mountain to be your servant. " Thus, he came to be known as "The Word of Honour Guardian" due to his affection for the lama and his adherence to his word of honour.

Then Harinanda cut off his long hair,took the vows of a Buddhistmonk and served the Buddhadharma. The well-known statue of the deity (as he appeared at that time) called "Maiijusri, the Victor in Debate," is found today in the Lhachen Temple. qit's fame was so widespread, the emperor of China named Godan sent messengers to Tibet to seek a lama worthy of being the emperor's spiritual guide. They found that most ofthe monks in Tibet were of the Kadampa tradition, and specificaJly, they learned that LamaTaglung Choje was the most skilled in diplomacy, Dhikhung Cannga was the most impressive lama, and the Sakya Pa~qit was the most learned in Dharma.

Another 44 brother, who was a highly esteemed lama named Namkha Gyaltshiin Pal Zangpo, lived in the Ringang La<;lhang and took monastic vows at the age of seventeen. Then at the age of twenty, he received the full initiation of a bhik0u. The father, Tishri phag Wopa, and his son Tishri Lo<;lho Gyaltshan and Khatsun Namkha Legpa all studied and practised Dharma under the guidance of many learned and well-known tutors including Gyalwa phagphugpa. Kunga L09ho Gyaltshan became learned in almost all the teachings in Tibet concerning the Mahayana and Hinayana Dharmas and wrote many commentaries on the Sutras and Tantras, especially with regard to "The Eighteen Renowned Texts" of India.

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