Dudjom Incarnation Line

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Thangka representing the Dudjom incarnation line

The Dudjom Incarnation Line is based on a prayer Dudjom Rinpoche wrote himself, which lists his previous incarnations. This prayer is called "A Chariot of Devotion, A Supplication to the Lives and Liberation of the Great Nirmanakaya Treasure Revealer Heruka Dudjom Lingpa". In it, one can find his main previous incarnations:

  1. Yogi Nuden Dorje Chang: tutor of a 1,000 princes who, countless ages ago during the aeon of the Buddha Pranidhanaraja, vowed to appear as Sugata Möpa Ö Tayé (Skt. Adhimukta), the 1,000th and last buddha of this Fortunate Aeon.
  2. Shariputra
  3. Saraha
  4. Krishnadhara: chief minister of Indrabhuti of Uddiyana
  5. Humkara
  6. Khye'u Chung Lotsawa
  7. Smritijnana
  8. Rongdzom Pandita Chokyi Zangpo
  9. Dampa Deshek (1122-1192)
  10. Palden Ling Je Repa: one of the founders of the Drukpa Kagyü school
  11. Sakya Trizin Chogyal Phakpa (1235-1280)
  12. Drum Khar Nagpopa: Khampa yogin who meditated in dark retreat for 18 years.
  13. Hewa Chojung: Khampa magician and subjugator of enemies of the Dharma.
  14. Traktung Dudul Dorje (1615-1672)
  15. Gyeltse Sonam Detsen: as head of Kathok Monastery, he restored and preserved the tradition of the monastery.
  16. Dudul Rolpa Tsal: yogin, teacher of Jikme Lingpa
  17. Dudjom Lingpa (1835-1904)
  18. Dudjom Rinpoche (1904-1987)