Sönam Detsen

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Sönam Detsen (Tib. བསོད་ནམས་ལྡེའུ་བཙན་, Wyl. bsod nams lde’u btsan)[1] (1910-1958) was recognized as the body incarnation of Dudjom Lingpa by Gartrul Düdul Wangchuk Lingpa. As the son of Tulku Trimé Özer, Sonam Deutsen was a grandson of Dudjom Lingpa.

Sönam Detsen studied mainly with four teachers:

He lived, taught and assumed the leadership of Dartsang Kalzang Gompa[2], Dudjom Lingpa’s seat in Golok. A tertön himself, he revealed more than five volumes of termas.

Sönam Detsen's consort was Garza Chöying Drolma, a daughter of Sera Khandro. One of his sons is Choktrul Doli Nyima (b. 1946).


  1. Also spelled Sönam Deutsen.
  2. Aka Datzang Kalzang Gön

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