Lama Könrab

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Lama Könrab (Tib. བླ་མ་དཀོན་རབ་, Wyl. dkon rab) aka Könchok Rabten (Tib. དཀོན་མཆོག་རབ་བརྟན་, Wyl. dkon mchog rab brtan) (19th-20th c.) was a direct student of Dudjom Lingpa who, in the beginning of the 20th c., became a main Dudjom Tersar lineage holder in Pemakö. There, he married Namgyal Drolma, and became the stepfather and teacher of Dudjom Rinpoche. His son was Chonyi Rinpoche.


Lama Könrab was born in Golok, Tibet, in the second part of the 19th century.


In Golok, he became a student of Dudjom Lingpa and, as is the case for many Dudjom Tersar lineage holders and practitioners, Tröma Nakmo (Dudjom) became his main practice.


Many times, Dudjom Lingpa had said to his students how he would have wanted to go to the hidden land of Pemakö. So when Dudjom Lingpa passed away in 1904, Gyurme Ngedön Wangpo oversaw the practices made with other senior students, and then left Golok and made the long journey to Pemakö with other senior students, such as Lama Khedrup, Lama Könrab, and Ling Lama Chöjor Gyatso. There, they identified Dudjom Rinpoche as an incarnation of Dudjom Lingpa.

In Pemakö, Lama Könrab became one of the teachers of then young Dudjom Rinpoche.

Later, Lama Könrab became the main vajra master at Khorlo Dratsang, the practice place established by Dudjom Rinpoche in his birth place, the village of Terkong Nang, in Upper Pemakö, Powo kingdom, Southern Tibet.


In 1912, his wife Yeshe Palnam and Lama Könrab had one son, Chonyi Rinpoche, who became a main student of Dudjom Rinpoche. Later, Chonyi Rinpoche married Semo Dechen Yudron, Dudjom Rinpoche’s own daughter.

After the passing of Khengen Tulku, Lama Könrab married Namgyal Drolma, Dudjom Rinpoche’s mother.


No Lama Könrab’s writings have yet been identified, but Dudjom Rinpoche wrote several texts upon Lama Könrab’s requests, such as an explanation of the Four Feasts practice of Tröma Nakmo, and a Tsok song.