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