Anniversary of Dudjom Lingpa


Dudjom Lingpa Thangka from Sonam Famarin painted by Yehse Dorje, Buthan

119th Anniversary of Dudjom Lingpa’s Mahaparinirvana (Dechöd) is on
the 8th day of the 11th month,. This year, 2022 of the Western Calendar,
it falls today, December 30th.

Traktung Dudjom Lingpa was a mystic with great power and wisdom.  He was born in 1835 – just before steamships started crossing the Atlantic Ocean – in Golok, in eastern Tibet.  His birthplace was a land known for its wild and pure landscapes, its fierce bandits, and its uncompromising and realized Dharma practitioners.

Never recognized as a tulku or reincarnated master, Dudjom Lingpa did not receive formal training in a monastic environment.  His education came principally through direct teachings from wisdom teachers encountered in his rich and vivid visionary life.  He was a yogi, a lay practitioner and family man with eight sons and four daughters. His life was characterized by material poverty and hardship, intrigue, and unwavering confidence in the tantric teachings.  Direct encounters with wisdom deities and fearsome spirits were part of his daily experience.

As a terton or Treasure-revealer, Dudjom Lingpa had the fortune to discover a vast storehouse of sacred teachings. These had been hidden and sealed centuries earlier by the Buddhist master Padmasambhava and his consort Yeshe Tsogyal in Tibet.  The spiritual practices and instructions that Dudjom Lingpa revealed – contained within twenty-one volumes and

over 20,000 pages of scripture – form the basis of the Dudjom Tersar lineage. They are unsurpassed in their potency to lay bare the true nature of reality, directly and swiftly, for those who practice them correctly.

During Dudjom Lingpa’s lifetime, a series of events amazed people all over Tibet and brought renown to his Treasure lineage. More than thirteen students manifested the ultimate sign of complete enlightenment: the achievement of a rainbow body. This is the fruition of the path of Dzogchen, Great Perfection, where the physical body dissolves into its pure nature of wisdom light. 

Since Dudjom Lingpa himself departed the world in 1904, his spiritual heritage has spread throughout the east and west. Up to the present day, vibrant communities of Dudjom Tersar practitioners committed to awakening continue to demonstrate high levels of spiritual realization among their members. The Dudjom tradition is alive and well, thriving with the warm breath of the dakinis as one of the most important Early Translation Nyingma lineages in the history of Tibetan Buddhism


༄༅། །པདྨའི་རིང་ལུགས་སྔ་འགྱུར་རྫོགས་པ་ཆེ། །
Padmasambhava’s tradition is the Early Translation Great Perfection School

ངེས་དོན་སྙིང་པོའི ་ཤིང་རྟ་བདུད་འཇོམས་གླིང་། །
And Dudjom Lingpa is the chariot of the essential true meaning.

གང་གི་ཟབ་གཏེར་བསྟན་པ་སྲིད་མཐའི་བར། །
Until the end of cyclic existence,
may his profound treasure doctrine be preserved

མི་ནུབ་བཤད་དང་སྒྲུབ་པས་འཛནི་གྱུར་ཅིག །
Through study and practice, without declining.

ཅེས་རགིས་སྲས་མིང་འཛིན་མཁྱེན་བརྩེའི་མྱུ་གསུ་སོ༎ ༎
This was written by Khyentse Nyugu,
the son of Dudjom Lingpa and holder of the family name.


Benefit of Paying Attention

Kyabje DoDrupchen Rinpoche with HH Dudjom Rinpoche III Sangye Pema Shepa

Putting aside the future and just thinking about our lives here and now, we can see the benefit of paying attention to how the mind works and of working to develop and train the mind. Someone whose mind is naturally virtuous and good is going to be someone who is completely relaxed, with a sense of openness towards him or herself. If that person has many nice things, she is completely happy and content. If she doesn’t have these things, she is also completely happy and content. Such people are very relaxed and easy going; they are comfortable with whatever circumstances arise. It’s said that when our minds are positive then everything that we experience is also positive.”

~ Dudjom Rinpoche III Sangye Pema Shepa

HH 4th Dodrupchen Rinpoche entered into Parinirvana 24th day of the 11th lunar month of Tibetan Calendar in Sikkim, coinciding with the Bodhisattava Sai Nyingpo Day.

The master of the Dzogchenpo Lineage, His Holiness Kyabje Dodrupchen Jigme Thukten Thinley Pelzangpo entered into Parinirvana and now in the state of thuk-Dam. The 4th Dodrupchen Rinpoche was born at daybreak on a special day in the year of 1927. A true Buddha in person and one of the most accomplished test humble yogis, Kyabje Rinpoche remained for 97 years in this world helping beings immeasurably through his vast wisdom mind and boundless compassionate activities.

H.H. 4th Dodrupchen Rinpoche was the principal lineage holder of the Longchen Nyingtik Cycle of Teachings (The Heart Essence of the Vast Expanse), a treasure teaching revealed by the esteemed treasure revealer, Jigme Lingpa. In his childhood, Dodrupchen Rinpoche manifested various awe-inspiring actions, which brought tears to the students of his predecessor. A spontaneous learner and leader, Dodrupchen Rinpoche accomplished all of his studies in the Sutras, Tantras and the Great Perfection with effortless ease. This was reflected in the words of his root Guru, Yukhok Chatralwa Choying Rangdrol, “Among hundreds of students who practice the Dzogchen, there is no one greater than you, my son.” Dodrupchen Rinpoche has also set foot on multiple lands around the world where he transmitted important teachings of the Nyingma lineage, the root volumes of Longchen Nyingtik, the essential empowerments of Dzogchen and many others.

2022 Trekchod Retreat with Lama Sonam Rinpoche

Trekchod is the epitome of Vajrayana’s Great Perfection (Dzogchen) teachings, introducing qualified practitioners to the view of original purity by “cutting through” deluded perceptions about the nature of mind and phenomena.

On January 1-9, 2022 at Pema Osel Ling and streaming online, Lama Sonam Rinpoche will give profound dzogchen teachings from Dudjom Rinpoche Jigdral Yeshe Dorje’s Ri Chod: Extracting the Quintessence of Accomplishment – Oral Instructions for the Practice of Mountain Retreat Expounded Simply and Directly in their Essential Nakedness.

Trekchod Retreat is for serious practitioners, ordinarily reserved for those who have finished Ngondro. Because of Lama Sonam Rinpoche’s kindness, you may attend these teachings if you have begun your Ngondro practice.

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