Dudjom Lingpa

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Dudjom Lingpa (Tib. བདུད་འཇོམས་གླིང་པ་, Wyl. bdud 'joms gling pa) aka Chakong Tertön (ལྕགས་སྐོང་གཏེར་སྟོན, lcags skong gter ston) (1835-1904) — a great Nyingma master and tertön whose revelations fill twenty volumes. He was considered to be the emanation of Khye'u Chung Lotsawa, one of the twenty-five disciples of Guru Rinpoche. His immediate incarnation, born even before he himself passed away, was Dudjom Rinpoche.


His Sons

He was the father of eight important tulkus:

  1. Dodrupchen Jikmé Tenpé Nyima (1865-1926)
  2. Tulku Pema Dorje (1867-1934), an incarnation of Dragyur Marpo Lotsawa. Tulku Pema Dorje's tulku is Tulku Theglo Rinpoche
  3. Khyentse Tulku Dzamling Wangyal (1868/9-1907), an incarnation of Do Khyentse Yeshe Dorje, father of Dzongter Kunzang Nyima, and grand father of Tulku Theglo Rinpoche
  4. Namtrul Mipham Dorje, tulku of Cheyö Rigdzin Chenmo (b.1879, died young)
  5. Tulku Trimé Özer (1881-1924)
  6. Tulku Lhatop (1884/5-1942), an incarnation of Shechen Aphpong Tulku
  7. Tulku Namkha Jikmé of Dzachukha (1888-1960), an incarnation of Patrul Rinpoche
  8. Tulku Dorje Dradül (1891/2-1959)
  • Apang Tertön (1895-1945) is also considered to have been miraculously conceived through Dudjom Lingpa's enlightened intent (Tib. དགོངས་པ་, Wyl. dgongs pa).

His Writings & Termas

His Reincarnations

According to Gyatrul Rinpoche, Dudjom Lingpa had five emanations:

  1. Sonam Deutsen, the enlightened body emanation
  2. Dzongter Kunzang Nyima, the enlightened speech emanation. Dudjom Rinpoche said it was obvious Dzongter Kunzang Nyima was the speech emanation as he revealed 60 volumes of terma.
  3. Dudjom Rinpoche, the enlightened mind emanation
  4. Tulku Pednam, the enlightened qualities emanation
  5. Tulku Natsok Rangdrol, the enlightened activity emanation, who was Gyatrul Rinpoche's root lama

Further Reading

  • Traktung Dudjom Lingpa, A Clear Mirror: The Visionary Autobiography of a Tibetan Master, translated by Chonyi Drolma, North Atlantic Books, 2011
  • Dudjom Lingpa, Buddhahood Without Meditation, translated by Richard Barron, Padma Publishing, 1994, revised edition 2002

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