Longchen Nyingtik

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A thangka showing the deities of Longchen Nyingtik, including the lama Rigdzin Düpa, the yidam Palchen Düpa, the khandro Yumka Dechen Gyalmo, along with Dukngal Rangdrol, Takhyung Barwa, Senge Dongma and the protective deities.

Longchen Nyingtik [Tib.] - a Nyingma cycle of teachings and practice, which was discovered by Jikmé Lingpa through a series of visions from the great 14th century master, Longchenpa.

The Revelation of Longchen Nyingtik

Although separated in time by some four centuries, Jikmé Lingpa was tremendously inspired by the teachings of Longchenpa, and during a three-year retreat in the caves of Chimphu between 1759–62, he invoked him fervently with a Guru Yoga he had composed. Longchenpa appeared to him in three visions, through which he received the blessing and transmission of the wisdom body, speech and mind of Longchenpa, empowering him with the responsibility of preserving the meaning of the teachings of Longchenpa, and of spreading them. Longchenpa appeared to him three times: first he appeared as quite old, the second time he appeared he was younger and smiled at him, and the third time he was very youthful, came alive, took the whole teaching in the form of a book and placed it on his head, granting him the Rigpé Tsal Wang. At that instant his mind became one with the wisdom mind of Longchenpa.

The Stages of Practice

The Longchen Nyingtik cycle of teachings contains a complete Vajrayana path. The stages of the path are:

Kyerim, the generation phase
Dzogrim, the perfection phase
Dzogchen, the Great Perfection

The Major Texts

The major texts of Longchen Nyingtik are as follows:

Original Tantras

  1. The root tantra: Kuntu Zangpo Yeshe Longki Gyü
  2. The subsequent tantra: Gyü Chima
  3. Teachings: Kuntu Zangpö Gong-nyam
  4. Instructions
a. Instructions: Nesum Shenje and Neluk Dorje Tsigang
b. Their commentaries: Yeshe Lama with its supporting texts


1. Male vidyadharas

a. Peaceful: outer: Guru Yoga
inner: Rigdzin Düpa
secret: Dukngal Rangdrol
innermost secret: Ladrup Tiklé Gyachen
b. Wrathful: blue: Palchen Düpa
red: Takhyung Barwa

2. Female vidyadharas

a. Peaceful: root sadhana: Yumka Dechen Gyalmo
b. Wrathful: secret sadhana: Senge Dongchen

Lineage of the Longchen Nyingtik

Some of the main lineage holders of the Longchen Nyingtik lineage are listed below.

First stage

Hitting the Essence in Three Words
Six Experiences of Meditation
Seven Nails
Four Means of Abiding
Vima Nyingtik
Khandro Nyingtik

Later stages

A Brief Guide to the Stages of Visualization
The Words of My Perfect Teacher
The Mirror for Seeing Clearly
Special Teaching of the Wise and Glorious King
Illuminating the Excellent Path to Omniscience
Ngöndro Compendium
A Guide to the Words of My Perfect Teacher
A Torch for the Path to Omniscience
The Words of the Vidyadhara which Bestow the Majesty of Great Bliss

Present day teachers

Commentaries on Rigdzin Düpa and Tsik Sum Né Dek

Further Reading

External Links