Dorje Zangpo

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Dorje Zangpo, 'Excellent Vajra' (19th c.), an emanation of Dakini Yeshe Tsogyal, was a direct disciple of Dudjom Lingpa from Chutsang.

In the year 1873, Dudjom Lingpa recounts in one of his biographies that a dakini appeared to him and said[1]:

”Here is something you need.” She gave me an extremely beautiful and fascinating iron phurba wrapped in black silk; attached to the silk was an unsightly stone ritual dagger. “My child, I’m giving this to you. As a sign that this has come through the hands of a foolish lama, it has a black silk wrapping. The stone dagger connected to it will be of scant help to anyone else: It will likely accomplish its own purpose.”
Early the next morning on the tenth day, Dorjé Zangpo, Excellent Vajra, from Chutsang and a sculptor name Dorjé, Vajra, arrived together. We offered a vajra feast celebration. That night a dakini appeared telling me, “This Dorje Zangpo is an emanation of Dakini Yeshe Tsogyal, therefore reveal to him the innermost pith of your profound teachings. There is a grave danger that his mind will be altered by a corrupt scriptural transmission: If that change doesn’t occur and if he listens to your advice, he will have countless disciples and establish then on the path to freedom. At the end of his life, he will attain liberation in the light-mass rainbow body.”
I asked, “”Dakini who knows all, if his mind is altered by another’s corrupt teachings and transmissions, what will become of him?” “He will become like a garuda plummeting into a poison lake: His life will be short and throughout this lifetime, he won’t be helpful to others. As for Dorjé, his companion, he won’t be of service to others, but he will accomplish his own purpose [by attaining realization]. They must both stay in mountain hermitages, wandering to unfixed locales. This is of utmost importance!” Then she vanished without a trace.


  1. Dudjom Lingpa, ‘A Clear Mirror’, The Visionary Autobiography of a Tibetan Master’, The Outer Autobiography, translated by Chönyi Drolma, Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 2011, p134-135.

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