Do Khyentse Yeshe Dorje

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Do Khyentse Yeshe Dorje

Do Khyentse Yeshe Dorje (Wyl. mdo mkhyen brtse ye shes rdo rje) (1800-1866) — the mind emanation of Jikmé Lingpa.[1] He was said to be the son of the protector Nyenchen Tanglha. His main teacher was the First Dodrupchen, Jikmé Trinlé Özer. His life featured many miraculous events, especially during his childhood, and in later life he lived as a hunter, like some of the mahasiddhas of ancient India. He famously introduced Patrul Rinpoche to the nature of mind while beating him and dragging him by the hair.


  • Khaying Dölma (1823-1855)
  • Sherap Mebar (1829-1842), a tulku of the first Dodrupchen, Jikmé Trinlé Özer
  • Dechen Rigpé Raldri (1830-1874), a tulku of Gyalsé Nyinché Öser (1793-?), the son of Jikmé Lingpa


His incarnations included:

Terma Revelations

  • Dzinpa Rangdrol (Wyl. 'dzin pa rang grol), 'Natural Liberation of Grasping', a famous Chöd practice


  1. According to Masters of Meditation and Miracles (pages 179 & 338), he was the mind incarnation, and the source for this is the biography of Patrul Rinpoche composed by Khenpo Kunpal. In that biography, Khenpo Kunpal does indeed say that Do Khyentse was the mind incarnation, Patrul Rinpoche the speech incarnation, and Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo the body incarnation. On page 133 of Masters of Meditation & Miracles, Tulku Thondup says that Do Khyentse was the body incarnation, and Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo was the mind incarnation, but since the same reference to Khenpo Kunpal is given this appears to be a mistake.

Further Reading

In Tibetan

  • rig 'dzin 'jigs med gling pa'i yang srid sngags 'chang 'ja' lus rdo rje'i rnam thar mkha' 'gro'i zhal lung (autobiography)

In English

  • Nyoshul Khenpo, A Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems: Biographies of Masters of Awareness in the Dzogchen Lineage, Padma Publications, 2005, pages 395-399.
  • Ringu Tulku, Daring Steps Towards Fearlessness: The Three Vehicles of Buddhism, Snow Lion, 2005 (Includes a translation and commentary to Do Khyentse's Babble of a Fool, a text on Kyerim)
  • Robin Kornman, 'A Tribal History' in Donald S. Lopez (ed.) Religions of Tibet in Practice, Princeton University Press, 1997 (includes a translation of an extract from Do Khyentse's Autobiography on the History of the Goloks)
  • Tulku Thondup, Masters of Meditation and Miracles, Shambhala, 1996, pages 179-197.

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