Sokpo Lhapal, also known as Sokpo Palgyi Yeshé, was a blacksmith and one of the twenty-five disciples of Guru Rinpoche.
He received teachings from both Nyak Jnanakumara and Guru Rinpoche and was renowned for his ability to seize savage beasts of prey with his hands.
On three occasions, he used his miraculous power to pacify the enemies of his teacher, Nyak Jnanakumara.
He was also a teacher of Nupchen Sangye Yeshe. Pema Lhundrub Gyatso (1660-1727), the second throne-holder of Palyul Monastery, is believed to have been one of Sokpo Lhapal's reincarnations.
The 25 disciples of Padmasambhava also called as Guru Rinpoche were instrumental in the spread of Buddha's teachings throughout Tibet. They emerged as masters, having achieved great wisdom, understanding, and success.
These Mahasiddhas are believed to have special future incarnations due to their connection with Padmasambhava's terma treasures.
To this day, these disciples continue to be reborn as Tertons, imparting the teachings of Padmasambhava in a contemporary and authentic way to new .