Lama Pema Longdrol

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Lama Pema Longdrol (Tib. བླ་མ་པདམ་ཀློང་གྲོལ་, Wyl. bla ma padma klong grol) aka Lopön Longdrol (Wyl. slob dpon klong grol) was a senior Bhutanese disciple of Dudjom Rinpoche. After receiving from him the empowerment of the Rinchen Terdzö in Buthan, he followed Dudjom Rinpoche to Tibet.


He was born in the Nyo lineage of Gyalwa Lhanangpa (a major siddhas of the Drikung Kagyü, and he was an example of a realized being and a hidden yogi.


Lama Pema Longdrol served Dudjom Rinpoche in Tibet for almost 15 years. After, Lama Pema Longdrol and his wife came to Kalimpong in West Bengal, India.

Lama Pema Longdrol continued to serve Dudjom Rinpoche until Rinpoche left for Kathmandu and then on to France and received all the teachings including the Dzogchen instructions directly from Dudjom Rinpoche.

While Dudjom Rinpoche was his Root Guru, Lama Pema Longdrol also received teachings from:

  1. Chatral Sangye Dorje
  2. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche
  3. Dodrupchen Rinpoche
  4. Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö


Lama Pema Longdrol was appointed the abbott of Jangsa Gompa (Kalimpong) by Dudjom Rinpoche and the late Rani Chuni Wangmo, the Mother of present grand Queen Mother of Bhutan.

Dudjom Rinpoche and Lama Pema Longdrol started in Jangsa Gompa the first Vajrakilaya drubchen, and a Tsedrup Chime Soktik. Later, a Kama drubchen was performed by Lama Pema Longdrol under the guidance of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Minling Trichen Rinpoche in Jangsa Gompa in Kalimpong.

Final Years

Lama Pema Longdrol passed away in Kalimpong during the mid 1990's. He stayed in tukdam for many days, and after his cremation, many relics of five different colours were found.


His son is Lama Kunzang Dorjee (b. 1974), who heads the oldest Buthanese monastery, Jangsa Gompa in Kalimpong, India.