Lama Orgyen Khandro Norlha

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Lama Orgyen Khandro Norlha, detail of a thangka of Tsokye Tuktik

Lama Orgyen Khandro Norlha (Tib. བླ་མ་ཨོ་རྒྱན་མཁའ་འགྲོ་ནོར་ལྷ་, Wyl. bla ma o rgyan mkha' 'gro nor lha) ‘The Fertile Shower of Fulfilling All Wishes', is a wealth and prosperity practice based on Orgyen Norlha, the ‘Lama of All Dzambhalas’ form of Guru Rinpoche.

In the Tsokye Tuktik terma cycle of Dudjom Rinpoche, which is the lama practice of the Three Roots of the Dudjom Tersar lineage, Lama Orgyen Khandro Norlha is the inner aspect of Guru Tsokye Dorje. This wealth and prosperity practice is strongly connected with treasure vase consecration.


In this practice, the principal deity is Lama Khandro Orgyen Norlha, aka Orgyen Khandro Norlha, or Guru Dzambhala, who is Guru Rinpoche manifesting as the divine god of wealth surrounded by the assembly of wealth gods and goddesses. Guru Dzambhala, the Guru of all Dzambhala, is the embodiment of the perfect generosity of all buddhas and bodhisattvas in the past, present and future.

According to the Dudjom Tersar lineage oral instructions, the Lama Orgyen Khandro Norlha practice can be practised as a daily practice, or as a drupchen, when it is the tradition to combine the accumulation of mantras with the consecration of treasure vases and with the making of Yang-Dzey Rilbu[1].

The Lama Orgyen Khandro Norlha of the Dudjom Tersar lineage includes the following practices:

  • A Ritual to gain the essential wealth of Samsara und Nirvana by the means of the Lama, the Daka from Oddiyana, the deity of wealth (Wyl. bla ma o rgyan mkha' 'gro nor lha'i sgo nas srid zhi'i phywa g.yang 'gugs pa'i cho ga 'dod rgu'i gru char) 'Lama Orgyen Khandro Norlha Goné Sishyi Cha Yangguk Pé Choga Dögü Druchar' [2]
  • The (Treasure) Vase as a Support on the Altar for Orgyen Khandro Norlha (Wyl. o rgyan mkha' 'gro nor lha'i rten rdzas gter bum bca' tshul) [3]
  • A concise method for dispelling the spirit of poverty, connected to Lama Norlha (Wyl. bla ma nor lha'i g.yang chog dang 'brel bar bse rag rdzong thabs mdor bsdus)[4]
  • Aspiration Prayers – the 100.000-fold wealth of Padma, a wish-fulfilling Jewel (Wyl. pad+ma g.yang 'bum yid bzhin nor bu las khol du phyungs pa'i smon lam dang bkra shis) [5]

Revelation of the Terma

The Lama Orgyen Khandro Norlha practice is part of the Tsokye Tuktik cycle of Dudjom Rinpoche, which was revealed as a gongter in 1929, in Tibet. In this cycle which focuses on the lama practice, it is the inner form of the lama.

The Purpose

According to Dawa Chödak Rinpoche[6]:

The Orgyen Norlha practice is especially effective for capturing, restoring and increasing the energy of 'yang' or wealth. Wealth in this sense not only refers to monetary wealth, but to anything that has value in our lives—the richness of vibrant health, nutritious food, clean environments; the prosperity that comes from the creative forces of the universe, the richness of friendship and community, the wealth that comes from inner peace and happiness, as well as material prosperity. As the world is now plunging deeper into economic crises and hardship, the need to strengthen yang and restore lost yang is greater than ever!”


According to Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal, Dudjom Rinpoche buried many treasure vases in Tibet before leaving[7]:

Due to unfortunate, inevitable coming events, many bad omens appeared all over Tibet in the late 1940’s. During that time, Zangdok Palri Lama Ling Monastery was damaged by earthquakes. Dudjom Rinpoche, however, continued to bury treasures vases, build stupas, and do ceremonies to restore and balance the earth energetic points where King Songtsen Gampo and many subsequent masters had built temples.

In the West, the tradition of drupchen focused on Lama Orgyen Khandro Norlha has been implemented by direct students of Dudjom Rinpoche, such as Lama Tharchin Rinpoche and Dawa Chödak Rinpoche.


  1. Yang dzay rilbu (essential wealth substance pills) are the main substances in mother pills contained in treasure vases.
  2. Dudjom Sungbum, vol. 16. (ma), p. 611-618.
  3. Dudjom Sungbum, vol. 16. (ma), p. 619-622.
  4. Dudjom Sungbum, vol. 16. (ma), p. 623-624.
  5. Dudjom Sungbum, vol. 16. (ma), p. 625-627.
  6. nstructions given by Dawa Chödak Rinpoche for a Lama Orgyen Khandro Norlha drupchen held at his center, see
  7. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal, Light of Fearless Indestructible Wisdom: The Life and Legacy of H. H. Dudjom Rinpoche, Snow Lion 2008.

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