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Dönsem, 'Meaningful Intention' (19th c.), was a direct disciple of Dudjom Lingpa.

During the winter of the year Dudjom Lingpa turned forty-eight (1882), Dudjom Lingpa gave guidance on Chö and Dzogchen to a gathering of one hundred disciples. At that time, at night on the tenth day of the middle winter month, a woman appeared saying she was Dakini Kuntu Gyuma Saljéma, Wandering All-Illuminator, sang to him, and gave the names and prophecies on five of the main students of Dudjom Lingpa[1]:

[...] In this place lives a sublime individual named Pema [aka Pema Tashi], Lotus, who will hold your doctrine. He should intently apply the key points of practice and travel without a set destination.
A sublime individual named Dönsem, Meaningful Intention, is the destined inheritor of the unobstructed wisdom mind of Dzogchen. He should stay in unfixed mountain retreats. If he isn’t deceived by demons onto the wrong path, he will manifest enlightenment in the supreme rainbow body.
A superb person named Gyatso, Ocean, [aka Pema Lungtok Gyatso] should apply himself to the essential practices. If he has practiced his whole life long, he will attain true and perfect enlightenment.
A great being whose name ends with Drol, Freedom, will accomplish the illusory form of rainbow body, if he doesn’t stray into the domain of the eight worldly concerns.
A superlative individual whose name ends with Rab, Highest, [aka Goser Onpo Khyenrab Gyasto Rinpoche] will accomplish the supreme illusory rainbow body if he isn’t fooled by circumstances involving the eight worldly concerns.
Those are your disciples who are worthy vessels for the teachings: in this evil era, if you give the sacred instructions to wild and difficult people, the dakinis will lead them astray and unwanted disturbances will erupt. Therefore, maintain a tight seal of secrecy.


  1. Dudjom Lingpa, ‘A Clear Mirror’, The Visionary Autobiography of a Tibetan Master’, The Outer Autobiography, translated by Chönyi Drolma, Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 2011, p158.

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