Students of Dudjom Rinpoche

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A very rare photo of Dudjom Rinpoche

The following are among the most important students of Dudjom Rinpoche and holders of the Dudjom Tersar lineage (in alphabetical order):

  1. Akhyuk Rinpoche
  2. Bhakha Tulku Rinpoche
  3. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche
  4. Chatral Sangye Dorje
  5. Chhoje Rinpoche
  6. Chonyi Rinpoche
  7. Choying Wangpo[1]
  8. Dawa Chödak Rinpoche
  9. Dekyong Yeshe Wangmo
  10. Dola Tulku Jigme Chökyi Nyima Rinpoche
  11. Dhongthog Rinpoche
  12. Drodul Dorje Tendzin
  13. Drubwang Adzin Rinpoche [2]
  14. Dungse Garab Rinpoche
  15. Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
  16. Gen Rigsang Dorje Rinpoche
  17. Gojo Orgyen Chemchok
  18. Golok Serta Rinpoche
  19. Gönpo Tseten Rinpoche
  20. Gyatrul Rinpoche
  21. Jigme Chöying Norbu
  22. Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche
  23. Jigme Tromge Rinpoche
  24. Katok Ontrul Rinpoche[3]
  25. Katok Situ Chökyi Nyima
  26. Khandroma Kunzang Wangmo
  27. Khenchen Tsewang Rigdzin
  28. Khenpo Achö
  29. Khenpo Dawé Özer
  30. Khenpo Karpo
  31. Khenpo Palden Sherab
  32. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal
  33. Khenpo Tsöndrü
  34. Kunzang Dechen Lingpa
  35. Kunzang Dorje Rinpoche
  36. Khetsün Zangpo Rinpoche
  37. Lama Chimed_Namgyal
  38. Lama Chime Rinpoche
  39. Lama Gyamtso
  40. Lama Jamphel Sherap Rinpoche
  41. Lama Konchok Jungney
  42. Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche
  43. Lama Pema Longdrol
  44. Lama Pema Tsewang
  45. Lama Rigdzin Phuntsok
  46. Lama Rinchen Phuntsok
  47. Lama Sherap Dorje Rinpoche
  48. Lama Sonam Tsering Gyaltsen
  49. Lama Tharchin Rinpoche
  50. Lama Thupten Phuntsog Rinpoche
  51. Lama Yeshi Phuntsok
  52. Lama Thikchok Dorjee[4]
  53. Lopön Ogyan Tanzin Rinpoche
  54. Lopön Jigme Thutop Namgyal
  55. Lopön Nikula
  56. Ngagpa Gyaltsen Tulku[5]
  57. Namtrul Rinpoche
  58. Pema Wangyal Rinpoche
  59. Pegyal Lingpa (1924 -1988)[6]
  60. Raya Tulku[7]
  61. Rigzin Dorjee Rinpoche
  62. Sangyum Kamala
  63. Sangyum Kusho Tseten Yudron
  64. Sangyum Rigdzin Wangmo
  65. Samdrup Rinpoche
  66. Second Degyal Rinpoche
  67. Semo Dechen Yudron
  68. Shenphen Dawa Rinpoche
  69. Shiva Rinpoche
  70. Soktse Rinpoche
  71. Sogyal Rinpoche
  72. Spiti Tulku
  73. Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche
  74. Tam Shek-Wing (b.1935)[8]
  75. Tare Lhamo
  76. Tarthang Tulku
  77. Thinley Norbu Rinpoche
  78. Togden Kunzang Longrol
  79. Trulshik Pawo Dorje
  80. Trulshik Rinpoche
  81. Tsokhang Choktrul Tsewang Dorje
  82. Tulku Dawa Rinpoche[9]
  83. Tulku Orgyen Phuntsok
  84. Tulku Pema Rigtsal
  85. Tulku Rangdrol Rinpoche
  86. Tulku Theglo Rinpoche
  87. Tulshuk Lingpa
  88. Wangdor Rinpoche
  89. Yeshe Dorje Rinpoche
  90. Yeshe Sangpo Rinpoche
  91. Yolmo Lama Dawa[10]
  92. Zhichen Ontrul Rinpoche


  1. Choying Wangpo was born in karnali zone, mugu village in 1900. He began to learn reading, writing and Buddhist texts, and received his upasaka (vows), as a child from his root teacher Lama Karma Gyaltsen. He continued advanced training in Vajrayana. He received numerous initiations and oral transmissions from his root guru as well as from Dudjom Rinpoche, Golok Serta Rinpoche, one of the main disciples of Dujom Lingpa and Thangdom Lama. After he completed his of study on Vajrayana, he began to meditate and practiced continuously in various places in the Himalayan region. His final meditation place is in Khawalung, Mugu. There he meditated deeply, profoundly and practiced the secret dharma of Dzogchen. When he received the power of Dzogchen dharma he was able to communicate and receive teachings from beings from the three other realms of existence . After about 25 years in meditation, at the age of 87, he passed away from this realm in Khawalung with many auspicious signs and his body stayed in a state of meditation for three days.
  2. Drubwang Adzin Rinpoche aka 'Ritrual Rigdzin Choegyal Rinpoche or Ripa Chogtrul Rigdzin Choegyal (1933-1997) received a vast array of ripening and liberating teachings from Nyagrong Tertön Jigme Chojung Lingpa, Dudjom Rinpoche, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Shechen Kongtrul, Tokden Shakya Shri’s son Pakchok Dorje , as well as Apho Rinpoche Ngawang Yeshe Rangdrol and others.
  3. Katok Ontrul Rinpoche went to India during the times of trouble. At first, he served as a professor at the Tibetan Institute og Higher Studies in Varanasi. Later, he moved to the refugee settlement near Dehra Dun, where were gathered the people following the Katok Monastery tradition. Katok Ontrul Rinpoche became the assistant of Dudjom Rinpoche in the 1960's, and the head lama of Kathok Monastery. He became a well-known yogi from Buthan, and passed away recently amids signs of realization. First he announced he was going to rest, and he then secluded himself. He died shortly after. When his body was discovered, it had begun to shrink, and lights appeared. After the cremation, relics were found.
  4. Lama Thikchok Dorjee, also known as Yana Vajra (Skt. Paramayanavajra), was a disciple of Degyal Rinpoche of Namkha Chung Dzong Monastery, near Mount Kailash in Tibet. He practised under Degyal Rinpoche for over thirty years. In addition to completing 1,200,000 prostrations during his lifetime, he also completed practice trips twice during his lifetime to the one hundred and eight famous charnel grounds of India, Nepal and Tibet. After the death and parinirvana of Degyal Rinpoche, Lama Thikchok Dorjee and his wife Sherab Yeshe Zangmo both travelled to Kongpo on several occasions to receive teachings from Dudjom Rinpoche. Sherab Yeshe Zangmo completed twelve years of retreat under the guidance of her husband.
  5. Gyaltsen Tulku Rinpoche was a disciple of Dudjom Rinpoche and of Lama Sönam Zangpo
  6. Pegyal Lingpa aka Pedgyal Lingpa (1924 -1988) was a contemporary Tertön from Tibet who settled later in Buthan. He became a close student of Dudjom Rinpoche, and was also very close to Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche.
  7. Raya Tulku was the reincarnation of Gechag Tsangyant Gyamtso, a renowed crazy wisdom yogi of the late 19th century.
  8. Tam Shek-Wing (1935-) is a Buddhist scholar, painter, poet, writer and social critic. He received systematic training of the nyingma tradition under the guidance of Dudjom Rinpoche. He is the founder of the Sino-Tibetan Buddhist Studies Association in North America, and the Chief Academic Consultant for the Monograph Series in Sino-Tibetan Buddhist Studies."
  9. Tulku Dawa Rinpoche (sPrul sKu zLa ba Rin po che), who passed away in 2002, was a Lama of the Nyingma Tradition who followed the Dudjom Tersar lineage, and was based in lower Pemakö. He was one of the close disciples of Dudjom Rinpoche and was related to Dudjom Lingpa’s family in his previous incarnation. In this previous life he was known as Dza-phu Kong Tulku (rDza phu kong sPrul sKu).
  10. Yölmo Lama Dawa was a student of Dudjom Rinpochee in Nepal. He did a retreat in the center founded by Chatral Rinpoche in Yangleshö, the secret land of Guru Rinpoche.