Dudjom Rinpoche's Family Lineage

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Dudjom Rinpoche's Family Lineage includes:

Dudjom Rinpoche's Father Family Lineage

Through his father Khengen Tulku, Dudjom Rinpoche was part of the Kanam Depa clan, rulers of the kingdom of Powo (which includes the northern part of Pemakö and a descendant himself of the early kings of Tibet.

According to Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal[1]:

Approximately two thousand years ago, the Tibetan king Drigum Tsenpo (the 8th in the line of the original rulers of Tibet) was assassinated by his minister Longam. The king three sons—Jatri, Shatri, and Nyatri—fled. Jatri settled in the Powo area and ruled as king. He and his descendants later came to be known as the Kanam Depa clan. They ruled Tibet’s southern-most regions, centered in Powo but including Pemakö and other valleys, for almost two thousands years. They subdued outlaws and extended their loving protection to the weak, thereby gaining a very special place in Tibetan history. They were Dharma patrons mainly for the Nyingma and Kagyu schools and in particular for the great Nyingma tertön Rigdzin Düddul Dorje, Taksham Nüden Dorje, and Tsasum Lingpa.

Among the children of King Kanam Depa are:

Dudjom Rinpoche's Father Incarnation Lineage

Khengen Tulku, Dudjom Rinpoche's father, was recognized as an incarnation of Japhur Lama, a son of Katok Gyalse Sönam Deutsen, himself a son of Longsal Nyingpo.

Dudjom Rinpoche's Mother Family Lineage

Namgyal Drolma, Dudjom Rinpoche's mother, was a descendant of Ratna Lingpa.

Dudjom Rinpoche’s Sons & Daughters

Dudjom Rinpoche manifested as a householder with family and married twice.

His Children with Sangyum Kusho Tseten Yudron

With Sangyum Kusho Tseten Yudron, they had seven children, four sons and three daughters:

  1. Semo Dechen Yudron (daughter), who stayed in Lhasa and then Lama Ling.
  2. Thinley Norbu Rinpoche (son), who went to India, Bhutan and settled in the USA.
  3. Dola Tulku Jigme Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche (son), who stayed in Qinghai, China.
  4. Semo Pema Yudron (daughter).[2]
  5. Phende Norbu Rinpoche (son), who settled in Nepal.[3]
  6. Se Dorje Palzang (son), who was killed during the Cultural Revolution.[4]
  7. Tsering Yangchen (daughter), who passed away in Tibet when she was young.[5]

His Children with Sangyum Rigzin Wangmo

With Sangyum Rigzin Wangmo, they had four children, one son and three daughters:

  1. Dekyong Yeshe Wangmo (daughter) was recognized as an incarnate dakini and was believed to be an emanation of Yeshe Tsogyal, but died when she was a baby.
  2. Chimey Wangmo (daughter)
  3. Shenphen Dawa Rinpoche (son)
  4. Tsering Penzom (daughter)


  1. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal, Light of Fearless Indestructible Wisdom: The Life and Legacy of H. H. Dudjom Rinpoche, Snow Lion 2008, page 61.
  2. Semo Pema Yudron-La (‘Lotus if Turquoise Light’). According to Thinley Norbu Rinpoche (A Brief Fantasy History of an Himalayan, Shambhala, 2014, page 12.): "She looked like and angel princess just descending from heaven. I thought that if the drought of human being aging did not exist, she would always be every hero’s heart-thief."
  3. Phende Norbu Rinpoche (‘Jewel of Beneficial Well-Being’). According to Thinley Norbu Rinpoche (A Brief Fantasy History of an Himalayan, Shambala, 2014, page 12: "Phende Norbu Rinpoche is very generous, kind, humble, and unconcerned about doing anything himself for this ordinary life, which is actually of no concern, but causes those who love him to worry."
  4. Se Dorje Palzang (‘Indestructible Noble Glory”). According to Thinley Norbu Rinpoche (A Brief Fantasy History of an Himalayan, Shambala, 2014, page 12.): "My brother was very fresh and brave with a natural mind. In his youth he was murdered by the savage Red Guard for heroic resistance."
  5. Tsering Yangchen (‘Melodious Long Life’). According to Thinley Norbu Rinpoche (A Brief Fantasy History of an Himalayan, Shambhala, 2014, page 12): "My youngest sister Tsering Yangchen had a very good sense of humor and was always laughing. But as samsara’s words always entice beings, she was lured by her name and passed away when she was very young.'