Pegyal Lingpa

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Pegyal Lingpa

Pegyal Lingpa (Tib. པད་རྒྱལ་གླིང་པ་, Wyl. pad rgyal gling pa) (1924-1988) was a contemporary tertön from Tibet who settled later in Bhutan. He became a student of Dudjom Rinpoche and was also very close to Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche.

Birth, Family and Recognition

Pegyal Lingpa was born 1924, the wood-rat year of the 15th Rabjung Tibetan cycle, in Golok Serta, of Eastern Tibet, among the clan of Chok tsang of Mukpo clan. His father was Pema Jigme and his mother Sherab Tshomo[1].

Pegyal Lingpa was later recognized as an incarnation of Nupchen Sangye Yeshe [2]. Oral stories recount that from childhood Pegyal Lingpa was extraordinary and that he could perform all of the different tantric rituals even while he was playing.


Pegyal Lingpa was trained in Tibet.


Pegyal Lingpa left Tibet with the diaspora and spent time first in Pemakö, India. Later, he settled and lived mainly in Bhutan, where most of his students where.

He revealed both sater and gongter. Most of Pegyal Lingpa's gongter were revealed in Tibet, and so almost all of these texts were lost during the political events in the 1960’s.[3]

One of the termas of Pegyal Lingpa is the Kusum Gongdu. This cycle, known as the ‘Union of Enlightened Intent of the Three Kayas’, was revealed by Pegyal Lingpa in Pemakö in 1960. The inner sadhana of this cycle is the Pema Sangwai Thigle aka Red Vajrasattva practice, which is widely practised as a drubchen within the sangha of Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche.

Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche and Gochen Tulku Sang-ngag Rinpoche are among the major dharma holders of Pegyal Lingpa’s terma lineage.


Among Pegyal Lingpa’s students are:

  • Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche
  • Tsewong Sithar Rinpoche
  • Tulku Sang-gnak, the 6th Gochen Tulku Namchak Sang Ngak Tenzin Rinpoche

Final Years

Pegyal Lingpa passed away in 1988, shortly after having revealed the Kusum Gongdu.


  • Tertön Pegyal Lingpa, Taking Happiness and Suffering Along the Path & Twenty-One Encouragements to Be Earnest, published by Tulku Kunga, Tekchog Chöling.


  1. Information provided from Ewam Ku Sum Ling.
  2. Pegyal Lingpa was recognized as the direct incarnation of Namchak Tsasum Lingpa, a recent tertön, who was himself an incarnation of Nupchen Sangye Yeshe. It is said that Nupchen Sangye Yeshe successively reincarnated thirteen times as a tertön. One of his last reincarnations was in the form of Namchak Tsasum Lingpa, also known as Garwang Rigzin Namchak Dorje, who travelled extensively to every part of Tibet and was renowned for having discovered more than 72 different termas. The following incarnation was Pegyal Lingpa. It is said that Namchak Tsasum Lingpa liberated countless sentient beings in the same manner as Guru Rinpoche did.
  3. Tulku Sang-gnak recently transmitted a Guru Drakpo/Vajrakilaya gongter which was revealed by Pegyal Lingpa in Tibet.