Rigdzin Düpa

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Thangka of Rigdzin Düpa, courtesy of Dodrupchen Rinpoche

Rigdzin Düpa (Wyl. rig 'dzin 'dus pa), 'The Gathering of Vidyadharas,' is the inner lama practice from the Longchen Nyingtik, the terma revelation of Jikmé Lingpa.

The Mandala of Rigdzin Düpa

At the centre of the mandala is Guru Rinpoche in union with Mandarava. Above his head is Garab Dorje and Samantabhadra. He is surrounded by the eight vidyadharas who are in essence the eight deities of Kagyé:

They are all surrounded by all the vidyadharas of India and Tibet and the twenty-five disciples and yidam deities, dakas, dakinis and dharma protectors.

Revelations and Composed Texts Belonging to the Rigdzin Dupa Cycle

  • The Gathering of Vidyādharas, the Inner Sādhana from the Heart Essence of the Vast Expanse, (ཀློང་ཆེན་སྙིང་གི་ཐིག་ལེ་ལས་ནང་སྒྲུབ་རིག་འཛིན་འདུས་པ།,klong chen snying gi thig le las nang sgrub rig ‘dzin ‘dus pa), revealed by Jikme Lingpa.
    • English translation: The Gathering of Vidyādharas, the Inner Sādhana from the Heart Essence of the Vast Expanse, Rigpa Translations
    • English translation: The Assemblage of Vidyadharas of Long-Chen Nying-Thig, translated by Tulku Thondup (Gangtok, 1980, revised 1991).
  • Dazzling Key Points: The Vidhādharas' Manual of Concealed Instructions, from the Heart Essence of the Vast Expanse (gab byang - klong chen snying gi thig le las/ gab byang gnad kyi mig tshag), revealed by Jikme Lingpa.
    • English translation: Gabjang—the Inner Mantra Practice: Dazzling Key Points—The Vidhyādhara's Manual of Concealed Instructions, Rigpa Translations.
  • The Garland of Offerings of the Sixteen Vajra Goddesses: The Lute of the Gandharvas (mchod phreng - rdo rje'i lha mo bcu drug gi mchod phreng dri za'i rgyud mang), revealed by Jikme Lingpa.
    • English translation: The Garland of Offerings of the Sixteen Vajra Goddesses— The Lute of the Gandharvas, Rigpa Translations.
  • The Vase of Immortal Life: The Long Life Practice (Tsedrup) of the Vidyādharas, from the Heart Essence of the Vast Expanse (tshe sgrub - klong chen snying gi thig le las rig 'dzin tshe sgrub bdud rtsi bum bcud, revealed by Jikme Lingpa. (In here one also finds the Tsé Guk, the summoning of longevity)
    • English translation (partly): “The Vase of Immortal Life”——Tsédrup: the Long Life Practice of the Vidyādharas, Rigpa Translations.
  • The Vajra Sound Goddes' Offering Clouds: The Abbreviated Garland of Offerings of the Sixteen Vajra Goddesses (mchod phreng mdor bsdus - rdo rje lha mo bcu drug gi mchod phreng mdor bsdud rdo rje sgra ma'i mchod sprin), by Jamyang Khyentsé Wangpo.
    • English translation: The Abbreviated Garland of Offerings, Rigpa Translations.
  • The Vajra Lute—A Brief Fulfilment for the Guru Practice Assembly of Awareness Holders (bskang sdus - klong chen snying gi thig le las bla ma rig 'dzin 'dus pa'i skong bsdus rdo rje'i rgyud mangs), by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo.
    • English translation: The Vajra Lute—A Brief Fulfilment for the Lama Rigdzin Düpa, Rigpa translations.
  • Vajra Blessings: A Self-initiation for the Guru Practice Assembly of the Awareness Holders, from the Heart Essence of the Vast Expanse (bdag 'jug - klong chen snying gi thig le las/ bla ma rig 'dzin 'dus pa'i bdag 'jug rdo rje'i byin 'bebs), by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

Commentaries on Rigdzin Düpa

  • Dodrupchen Rinpoche, klong snying rig 'dzin thugs sgrub dang 'brel ba'i dkyil 'khor sgrub mchod kyi khog dbub dngos grub gter mdzod
  • Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Rigdzin Düpa Manual, Rigpa, 1999
  • Jikmé Lingpa, rig 'dzin bsnyen yig dngos grub kyi za ma tog
    • English translation: The Casket of Siddhis, A Recitation Manual for Rigdzin Düpa, the Gathering of Vidyadharas, Rigpa Translations, 2006. Available on Lotsawa House
  • Khangsar Tenpé Wangchuk (aka Tulku Tenpo), nang sgrub rig ‘dzin ‘dus pa’i ’bru ’grel
  • Khenpo Chechok Döndrup Tsal (aka Khenpo Chöchok), rig ‘dzin ‘dus pa’i zin bris rig ‘dzin zhal lung bde chen dpal ster
    • English Translation: The Oral Agama on the Vidyadharas which Gloriously bestows Great Bliss, translated by John Newnham, 1990
    • English Translation: The Words of the Vidyadhara which Bestow the Majesty of Great Bliss, Rigpa Translations, 2007
  • Patrul Rinpoche, nang bsgrubs rig ‘dzin ‘dus pa’i phyag len mthong gsal me long

The Empowerments of Rigdzin Düpa Given to the Rigpa Sangha

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Mandala of Rigdzin Düpa, courtesy of Chatral Rinpoche

The empowerment has been given to the Rigpa sangha on many occasions, including:

Teachings Given to the Rigpa Sangha

Notes

Further Reading

  • Tulku Thondup, Hidden Teachings of Tibet (Boston: Wisdom, reprint edition 1997), 'Appendix 2: Description of Empowerment of Rig dzin Dü pa'.