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His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche

 Upasaka Vidyadhara Jigdrel Yeshe Dorje 


His Holiness had numerous lives dedicated to the performace of the Buddha’s activity. During His life, Rinpoche became respected as the supreme holder of the Nyingma Lineage. 

1) Ages ago, during the aeon of the Buddha Pranidhanaraja, Rinpoche was the yogin Nuden Dorje Chang,who vowed to appear as the 1000th and the last Buddha of this Light Aeon "Mopa Od Thaye".

2) Shariputra, one of the foremost disciples of the Buddha in India, was reknowned for his wisdom. He acted as the speaker in many sutras, especially those concerning the Prajnaparamita.

3) As Saraha, one of eight four great Siddhas of India, he was a tantric meditator whose teachings were passed down and who was famous for his spiritual songs (dohas)

4) He was the minister to the King Indraboti of Oddiyana, Krishnadhara

5) He was Humaka, one of the eight knowledge holders (vidyadharas) of India.

6) As one of the twenty five principle disciples of Guru Rinpoche, he was the translator Drogbhen Lotsawa

7) As the Indian Pandit Smrtijnanakirti he visited Tibet to bring the dharma there

8) As Rongzom Pandita Chokyi Zangpo the literature of the Nyingma lineage was explained and exceptional commentaries were composed.

9) He founded Kathok Monastery in eastern Tibet as Dampa Deshek (1122-1192)

10) He was one of the founding patriarchs of the Drukpa Kagyu lineage as Palden Lingje Repa

11) As the Sakya Trizin Chogyal Pakpa (1235-1280), he ruled much of Tibet during the Yuan dynasty.

12) He was the yogi Drum Khar Nagpa in eastern Tibet

13) He was the siddha Hepa Chojung in eastern Tibet.

14) He was the Terton Traktung Dudul Dorje (A.D. 1615-1672), in Puwo (southeast Tibet).

15) As Gyalse Sonam Detsen he restored and perserved the tradition of Kathok Monastery

16) As the yogi Dudal Rolpa Tsal, he taught Jigmed Lingpa (A.D. 1730-1798).

17) As Dudjom Lingpa, Gharwang Dudjom Pawo (1835-1904) he was a reknowned Terton in eastern Tibet.

Dudjom Rinpoche was recognized as the incarnation of Dudjom Lingpa (A.D. 1835-1904), a famous discoverer of many concealed teachings or "treasures" (Terma), particularly those related to the practice of Vajrakilaya (Dorje Phurba). It had been Dudjom Lingpa's intention to visit southern Tibet to reveal the sacred land of Pemakod, but being unable to do so, he predicted that his successor would be born there and reveal it himself. Za-Pokhung Tulku Gyurme Ngedon Wangpo, who was a holder of the teachings of Dudjom Lingpa, and Lama Thubten Chonjor of Ling came to Pemako and enthroned him.

Dudjom Lingpa was a terton who discovered treasure texts such as those of Dorje Phurba. His desire to visit the southern tibetan region of Pemakod (one of the four hidden lands of Guru Rinpoche) was fulfilled by his next incarnation being born there. On June 10, 1904 (the water dragon year), His Holiness was born to a family that beared royal blood (of past rulers of the Powo region). His father was Norbu Tenzing, a tulku of the Kathok lineage, and his mother was the descent of the Terton Ratna Lingpa. His was recognized and enthroned by the doctrine holder of Dudjom Lingpa’s termas (Ngedon Wangpo) , Lama Thubten Chonjor, and the disciples of Dudjom Lingpa.

His studies began with texts and commentaries in Pemako under Khenpo Aten. By the age of five he was already discovering Ter. He studied the "Bodhicaryavatara" with Patrul Rinpoche’s disciple Urygen Chogyur Gyatso. For sixteen years he gained realizations and meditated on the Dzgochen under Tulku Gyurme Ngedon Wangpo, his predcessor’s disciple. Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro bestowed and had great realizations on the teachings of Dzogpachenpo. From Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro, he received the tantric teachings. Rinpoche attened various monastic shedras such as Mindroling, Dorje Drak and Tarje Tingpoling, Kathok and Dzogchen. The Dorje Lopon Dorzim Namdrol Gyatso, taught him the rituals of the Terdak Lingpa. He received all the Dzogchen teachings from Jedrung Rinpoche (and was considered his heart son), and from others the teachings of Pema Lingpa, the treasures of Longchenpa. From Mipham Rinpoche’s disciple Pande Odzer he received the various vows for individual, mahayana and vajrayana liberation, the cycles of Nyingma and Kagyu empowerments, and Sangye Lingpa’s cycle. His Holiness studied under numerous other lamas.  He became accomplished in the Dorje Phurba practice. He meditated at many isolated places and signs of accomplishment included the nectat (tsechang) boiling and rediscovered holy texts and writings.

His Holiness became not only a highly realized meditator and terton, but also a scholar.   Rinpoche composed poetry and his works on Dzogchen are considered very clear. His knowledge included the medicine and astrology. A twenty five volume set was composed that consisted of some of his works. He also wrote the “History of the Nyingma School,” a very authoritive text. His personal library was one of largest ever, and his recognized the 58 volume Nyingma Canon of texts His Holiness was considered Guru Rinpoche’s living representative, was the teacher to many lamas today and gave the mind (pointing out) transmission to even the students of whose Lamas sent them to Dudjom Rinpoche to receive this. He have
numerous empowerments and transmissions such as the Rinchen Terdzo and the cycle of the Nyingmapa Kama.

His Holiness established new monasteries and colleges for monks and yogis (ngakpas) and reconstructed others. Upon his exile to India, Rinpoche lived in Kalimpong and then Kathamdu. He established many communities and helped Tibetans settle. He founded monasteries and constructed gompas, encouraged the study of the dharma and later on traveled to the West to teach and spread the dharma there to estalbish the Nyingma lineage which began in 1972.

His Holiness married twice, first to Sangyum Kusho Tseten Yudron and had six children including Thinley Norbu Rinpoche (emanation of Longchen Rabjam and father of Jamyang Khyentse the Third) and Sakya Tulku Jigme Nyima Rinpoche. His second wife was Sangyum Kusho Rikzin Wangme. They had three children including Shenphen Dawa Norbu Rinpohce. On January 17, 1987, His Holiness passed into parinirvana.

Dudjom Rinpoche’s activity is ceaseless.  In the future, His Holiness will incarnation as Rigden Dorje Nonpo, the king of Shambhala and as last of the Thousand Buddhas, known as the Lord Buddha Mopa Od Thaye.

Dedicated to the impeccable perpetuation of the glorious Kagyu lineage and to the
success of its leaders and followers in accomplishing their commitment to
bring all sentient beings to the state of enlightened awareness.

May all mother sentient beings, boundless as the space, have happiness and the causes of happiness.
May they be liberated from suffering and the causes of suffering.
May they never be separated from the happiness which is free from sorrow.
May they rest in equanimity, free from attachment and aversion.