Rigdzin Düpa

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Thangka of Rigdzin Düpa, courtesy of Dodrupchen Rinpoche
Mandala of Rigdzin Düpa, courtesy of Chatral Rinpoche

Rigdzin Düpa (Wyl. rig 'dzin 'dus pa) 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.


  • The Assemblage of Vidyadharas of Long-Chen Nying-Thig translated by Tulku Thondup, Gangtok, 1980, revised 1991

Commentaries on Rigdzin Düpa

In Tibetan

  • rig 'dzin bsnyen yig dngos grub kyi za ma tog by Jikmé Lingpa
  • rig ‘dzin ‘dus pa’i zin bris rig ‘dzin zhal lung bde chen dpal ster by Dodrup Khenpo Chechok Döndrup Tsal (aka Khenpo Chöchok)
  • nang bsgrubs rig ‘dzin ‘dus pa’i phyag len mthong gsal me long by Patrul Rinpoche
  • nang sgrub rig ‘dzin ‘dus pa’i ’bru ’grel by Khangsar Tenpé Wangchuk (aka Tulku Tenpo)
  • klong snying rig 'dzin thugs sgrub dang 'brel ba'i dkyil 'khor sgrub mchod kyi khog dbub dngos grub gter mdzod by Dodrupchen Rinpoche.

In English

  • Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, Rigdzin Düpa Manual, Rigpa, 1998
  • Khenpo Chechok, The Oral Agama on the Vidyadharas which Gloriously bestows Great Bliss, translated by John Newnham, 1990
  • Khenpo Chechok, The Words of the Vidyadhara which Bestow the Majesty of Great Bliss, Rigpa Translations, forthcoming 2007
  • Patrul Rinpoche, The Mirror for Seeing Clearly: Ritual Activities for the Inner Sadhana Rigdzin Düpa, Rigpa Translations, forthcoming 2007
  • Rigdzin Jikmé Lingpa, The Casket of Siddhis, A Recitation Manual for Rigdzin Düpa, the Gathering of Vidyadharas, Rigpa Translations, 2006

The Empowerment of Rigdzin Düpa

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