Students of Dudjom Rinpoche

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A very rare photo of Dudjom Rinpoche

The following are among the most important students of Dudjom Rinpoche and holders of the Dudjom Tersar lineage (in alphabetical order)[1]:

  1. Akhyuk Rinpoche
  2. Ani Kunzang[2]
  3. Bhakha Tulku Rinpoche
  4. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche
  5. Chatral Sangye Dorje
  6. Chhoje Rinpoche
  7. Chimé Rigdzin Rinpoche
  8. Chonyi Rinpoche
  9. Choying Wangpo[3]
  10. Dawa Chödak Rinpoche
  11. Dekyong Yeshe Wangmo
  12. Delog Dawa Drolma
  13. Dola Tulku Jigme Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche
  14. Dorje Drakpa
  15. Doring Tulku
  16. Dhongthog Rinpoche
  17. Drodul Dorje Tendzin
  18. Drubwang Adzin Rinpoche [4]
  19. Dudjom Drakngak Lingpa
  20. Dungse Garab Rinpoche
  21. Dzatrul Rinpoche
  22. Dzogchen Rinpoche
  23. Dzongnang Rinpoche
  24. Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
  25. Gen Rigsang Dorje Rinpoche
  26. Gojo Orgyen Chemchok
  27. Golok Serta Rinpoche
  28. Gönpo Tseten Rinpoche
  29. Gyatrul Rinpoche
  30. Jigme Chöying Norbu
  31. Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche
  32. Jigme Tromge Rinpoche
  33. Katok Ontrul Rinpoche[5]
  34. Khandro Pema Dechen
  35. Katok Situ Chökyi Nyima
  36. Khandroma Kunzang Wangmo
  37. Khenchen Tsewang Rigdzin
  38. Khenpo Achö
  39. Khenpo Dawé Özer
  40. Khenpo Karpo
  41. Khenpo Palden Sherab
  42. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal
  43. Khenpo Tsöndrü
  44. Kunzang Dechen Lingpa
  45. Kunzang Dorje Rinpoche
  46. Khetsün Zangpo Rinpoche
  47. Lama Bum
  48. Lama Chimed_Namgyal
  49. Lama Chime Rinpoche
  50. Lama Ghonpo Tenzin Rinpoche[6]
  51. Lama Gyamtso
  52. Lama Jamphel Sherap Rinpoche
  53. Lama Jangchub Rinpoche[7]
  54. Lama Karpo
  55. Lama Kota
  56. Lama Konchok Jungney
  57. Lama Kunzang Dorjee Rinpoche[8]
  58. Lama Nagpo Pema Wangchen, Lama Nagpo
  59. Lama Rangrig
  60. Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche
  61. Lama Pema Longdrol
  62. Lama Pema Tsewang
  63. Lama Rigdzin Phuntsok
  64. Lama Rinchen Phuntsok
  65. Lama Sherap Dorje Rinpoche
  66. Lama Sonam Tsering Gyaltsen
  67. Lama Tharchin Rinpoche
  68. Lama Thupten Phuntsog Rinpoche
  69. Lama Tsewang Lhagyal
  70. Lama Yeshi Phuntsok
  71. Lama Thikchok Dorjee[9]
  72. Lopön Ogyan Tanzin Rinpoche
  73. Lopön Jigme Thutop Namgyal
  74. Lopön Nikula
  75. Minling Chung Rinpoche
  76. Minling Trichen Rinpoche
  77. Namdrol Gyatso
  78. Ngagpa Gyaltsen Tulku[10]
  79. Namtrul Rinpoche
  80. Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche
  81. Pema Lhatso[11]
  82. Pema Wangyal Rinpoche
  83. Pegyal Lingpa (1924 -1988)[12]
  84. Rahor Khenpo Tupten
  85. Rangdröl Rinpoche
  86. Raya Tulku[13]
  87. Rigzin Dorjee Rinpoche
  88. Sangyum Kamala
  89. Sangyum Kusho Tseten Yudron
  90. Sangyum Rigdzin Wangmo
  91. Samdrup Rinpoche
  92. Second Degyal Rinpoche
  93. Semo Dechen Yudron
  94. Shenphen Dawa Rinpoche
  95. Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche
  96. Shiva Rinpoche
  97. Soktse Rinpoche
  98. Sogyal Rinpoche
  99. Spiti Tulku
  100. Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche
  101. Tam Shek-Wing (b.1935)
  102. Tare Lhamo
  103. Tarthang Tulku
  104. Thinley Norbu Rinpoche
  105. Thubten Chökyi Dawa
  106. Togden Kunzang Longrol
  107. Tokden Paksam Gyatso
  108. Trulshik Pawo Dorje
  109. Trulshik Rinpoche
  110. Tsokhang Choktrul Tsewang Dorje
  111. Tulku Dawa Rinpoche
  112. Tulku Jigme[14]
  113. Tulku Orgyen Phuntsok
  114. Tulku Pema Rigtsal
  115. Tulku Pema Yeshe
  116. Tulku Rangdrol Rinpoche
  117. Tulku Theglo Rinpoche
  118. Tulku Thondup Rinpoche
  119. Tulku Tsephel
  120. Tulshuk Lingpa
  121. Wangdor Rinpoche
  122. Wöngtsang Chime Dorje
  123. Yeshe Dorje Rinpoche
  124. Yeshe Sangpo Rinpoche
  125. Yolmo Lama Dawa[15]
  126. Yongphula Lama Jigme Rinpoche
  127. Zhichen Ontrul Rinpoche


  1. A list of disciples of Dudjom Rinpoche is given in A Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems: Biographies of Masters of Awareness in the Dzogchen Lineage, Nyoshul Khenpo, Padma Publications, 2005, p.288. The great throne holder of Mindroling Monastery, Minling Trichen Rinpoche The two khenpo brothers, Khenpo Palden Sherab and Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal Dordrak Rigdzin Chenmo ; Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche ; Chatral Sangye Dorje ; Trulshik Rinpoche ; Thinley Norbu Rinpoche ; Shenphen Dawa Rinpoche ; Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche ; Dungse Garab Rinpoche ; Tulku Jampal Dorjé ; Pema Wangyal Rinpoche ; Sogyal Rinpoche ; Lama Sönam Zangpo ; Ngaktön Tsewang Paljor ; Ngaktön Lama Nagpo Pema Wangchen ; Lama Pema Longdrol ; Peling Sungtrul ; Gangten Tulku ; Tuksé Tulku ; Lama Tsewang Lhagyal ; Ngaktön Dorjé Namgyal ; Ngaktön Lama Konchok Jungney ; Soktse Rinpoche ; Namkha Drimed Rinpoche ; Ritrul Rigdzin Chögyal ; Khetsün Zangpo Rinpoche ; Lopön Nikula ; Gelong Sang-gyé ; Khenpo Karpo ; Gelong Namdrol Zangpo ; Lama Chime Rinpoche ; Lama Jangchub Rinpoche ; Lama Gönpo Tenzin ; Bhakha Tulku Rinpoche  ; Lama Tharchin Rinpoche ; Dzatrul Rinpoche ; Spiti Tulku ; Ngari Khen Yeshe Sangpo Rinpoche ; Khen Tupten Norbu, Rahor Khenpo Tupten.
  2. Ani Kunzang is the consort of the late Lama Chime Rinpoche. Still in residence in Durpin, at Zangdok Palri Monastery (Kalimpong, India), she is a senior student of Dudjom Rinpoche and has been his personal attendant many years ago. Ani Kuzang is a very strong practitioner and lama and now leads a group of female practitioners in Durpin.
  3. Choying Wangpo was born in karnali zone, mugu village in 1900. He began to learn reading, writing and Buddhist texts, and received his upasaka (vows), as a child from his root teacher Lama Karma Gyaltsen. He continued advanced training in Vajrayana. He received numerous initiations and oral transmissions from his root guru as well as from Dudjom Rinpoche, Golok Serta Rinpoche, one of the main disciples of Dujom Lingpa and Thangdom Lama. After he completed his of study on Vajrayana, he began to meditate and practiced continuously in various places in the Himalayan region. His final meditation place is in Khawalung, Mugu. There he meditated deeply, profoundly and practiced the secret dharma of Dzogchen. When he received the power of Dzogchen dharma he was able to communicate and receive teachings from beings from the three other realms of existence . After about 25 years in meditation, at the age of 87, he passed away from this realm in Khawalung with many auspicious signs and his body stayed in a state of meditation for three days.
  4. Drubwang Adzin Rinpoche aka 'Ritrual Rigdzin Choegyal Rinpoche or Ripa Chogtrul Rigdzin Choegyal (1933-1997) received a vast array of ripening and liberating teachings from Nyagrong Tertön Jigme Chojung Lingpa, Dudjom Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Shechen Kongtrul, Tokden Shakya Shri’s son Pakchok Dorje , as well as Apho Rinpoche Ngawang Yeshe Rangdrol and others.
  5. Katok Ontrul Rinpoche went to India during the times of trouble. At first, he served as a professor at the Tibetan Institute og Higher Studies in Varanasi. Later, he moved to the refugee settlement near Dehra Dun, where were gathered the people following the Katok Monastery tradition. Katok Ontrul Rinpoche became the assistant of Dudjom Rinpoche in the 1960's, and the head lama of Kathok Monastery. He became a well-known yogi from Buthan, and passed away recently amids signs of realization. First he announced he was going to rest, and he then secluded himself. He died shortly after. When his body was discovered, it had begun to shrink, and lights appeared. After the cremation, relics were found.
  6. Ghonpo Tenzin Rinpoche aka Lama Tsarak Gombu Tenzing Rinpoche was a senior disciple of Dudjom Rinpoche. He passed away way in Bhutan, on 20th September 2015 at 97 years old. His body was cremated at Zangdhok Palri Monastery (Kalimpong, India).
  7. Lama Jangchub La is a senior direct student of Dudjom Rinpoche and one of the main lamas of Zangdokpalri Monastery. He is one of the four Ngakpas who stayed in Zangdokpalri monastery since Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche moved from this place. He is a very humble man, living with his family near the monastery
  8. Lama Kunzang Dorje Rinpoche is the Head Lama of the Jangsa Dechen Choling Monastery in Kalimpong , India. He also heads two monasteries in Kurteo Lhuentse , Eastern Bhutan , and one in Gelephu in Southern Bhutan. Born in 1970 into the sacred Nyo lineage, Rinpoche's father, Lama Pema Longdrol, was a lineage holder and a heart disciple of H.H. Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche, the Head of the Nyingma School. Lama Kunzang Dorjee Rinpoche is a cousin of H.H. the Je Khenpo, who is the Head of the Southern Drukpa School and Head Lama of Bhutan. Lama Kunzang Dorjee Rinpoche holds the spiritual lineages of the Dudjom Tersar and of the Longchen Nyingthig traditions. He speaks and teaches in excellent English. From his first days, he received the blessings of many great lamas and as a boy, he received many important empowerments and transmissions from H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche in person. Rinpoche's father, Lama Pema Longdrol, gave him many teachings and transmissions, including the detailed instructions on the tantric deity of Vajrakilaya. He has been blessed to receive Dzogchen and other teachings from Kyabje Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche and from H.H. Kyabje Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche.
  9. Lama Thikchok Dorjee, also known as Yana Vajra (Skt. Paramayanavajra), was a disciple of Degyal Rinpoche of Namkha Chung Dzong Monastery, near Mount Kailash in Tibet. He practised under Degyal Rinpoche for over thirty years. In addition to completing 1,200,000 prostrations during his lifetime, he also completed practice trips twice during his lifetime to the one hundred and eight famous charnel grounds of India, Nepal and Tibet. After the death and parinirvana of Degyal Rinpoche, Lama Thikchok Dorjee and his wife Sherab Yeshe Zangmo both travelled to Kongpo on several occasions to receive teachings from Dudjom Rinpoche. Sherab Yeshe Zangmo completed twelve years of retreat under the guidance of her husband.
  10. Gyaltsen Tulku Rinpoche was a disciple of Dudjom Rinpoche and of Lama Sönam Zangpo
  11. Pema Lhatso was a Tröma Nakmo practitioner from Pemakö who married Lama Sherap Dorje Rinpoche. Lopön Jigme Thutop Namgyal is her son.
  12. Pegyal Lingpa aka Pedgyal Lingpa (1924 -1988) was a contemporary Tertön from Tibet who settled later in Buthan. He became a close student of Dudjom Rinpoche, and was also very close to Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche.
  13. Raya Tulku was the reincarnation of Gechag Tsangyant Gyamtso, a renowed crazy wisdom yogi of the late 19th century.
  14. Tulku Jigme (d.2015) was a student of Dudjom Rinpoche and the son of Gojo Orgyen Chemchok. He passed away in 2015 in Lhasa, Tibet. (Source: Post on Facebook of Ewam Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, Oct. 22nd, 2015).
  15. Yölmo Lama Dawa was a student of Dudjom Rinpochee in Nepal. He did a retreat in the center founded by Chatral Rinpoche in Yangleshö, the secret land of Guru Rinpoche.