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. Khandro Pema Dechen
  26. Katok Situ Chökyi Nyima
  27. Khandroma Kunzang Wangmo
  28. Khenchen Tsewang Rigdzin
  29. Khenpo Achö
  30. Khenpo Dawé Özer
  31. Khenpo Karpo
  32. Khenpo Palden Sherab
  33. Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal
  34. Khenpo Tsöndrü
  35. Kunzang Dechen Lingpa
  36. Kunzang Dorje Rinpoche
  37. Khetsün Zangpo Rinpoche
  38. Lama Chimed_Namgyal
  39. Lama Chime Rinpoche
  40. Lama Ghonpo Tenzin Rinpoche[4]
  41. Lama Gyamtso
  42. Lama Jamphel Sherap Rinpoche
  43. Lama Jangchub Rinpoche[5]
  44. Lama Karpo[6]
  45. Lama Konchok Jungney
  46. Lama Kunzang Dorjee Rinpoche[7]
  47. Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche
  48. Lama Pema Longdrol
  49. Lama Pema Tsewang
  50. Lama Rigdzin Phuntsok
  51. Lama Rinchen Phuntsok
  52. Lama Sherap Dorje Rinpoche
  53. Lama Sonam Tsering Gyaltsen
  54. Lama Tharchin Rinpoche
  55. Lama Thupten Phuntsog Rinpoche
  56. Lama Yeshi Phuntsok
  57. Lama Thikchok Dorjee[8]
  58. Lopön Ogyan Tanzin Rinpoche
  59. Lopön Jigme Thutop Namgyal
  60. Lopön Nikula
  61. Ngagpa Gyaltsen Tulku[9]
  62. Namtrul Rinpoche
  63. Pema Lhatso[10]
  64. Pema Wangyal Rinpoche
  65. Pegyal Lingpa (1924 -1988)[11]
  66. Raya Tulku[12]
  67. Rigzin Dorjee Rinpoche
  68. Sangyum Kamala
  69. Sangyum Kusho Tseten Yudron
  70. Sangyum Rigdzin Wangmo
  71. Samdrup Rinpoche
  72. Second Degyal Rinpoche
  73. Semo Dechen Yudron
  74. Shenphen Dawa Rinpoche
  75. Shiva Rinpoche
  76. Soktse Rinpoche
  77. Sogyal Rinpoche
  78. Spiti Tulku
  79. Taklung Tsetrul Rinpoche
  80. Tam Shek-Wing (b.1935)[13]
  81. Tare Lhamo
  82. Tarthang Tulku
  83. Thinley Norbu Rinpoche
  84. Togden Kunzang Longrol
  85. Trulshik Pawo Dorje
  86. Trulshik Rinpoche
  87. Tsokhang Choktrul Tsewang Dorje
  88. Tulku Dawa Rinpoche[14]
  89. Tulku Orgyen Phuntsok
  90. Tulku Pema Rigtsal
  91. Tulku Rangdrol Rinpoche
  92. Tulku Theglo Rinpoche
  93. Tulshuk Lingpa
  94. Wangdor Rinpoche
  95. Yeshe Dorje Rinpoche
  96. Yeshe Sangpo Rinpoche
  97. Yolmo Lama Dawa[15]
  98. Yonphula rinpoche, Jigme Tenzin
  99. 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. Ghonpo Tenzin Rinpoche was a senior disciple of Dudjom Rinpoche. He passed away way in Bhutan, on 20th September 2015 at 97 years old. His body was cremated at Zangdhok Palri Monastery.
  5. Lama Jangchub La is a senior direct student of Dudjom Rinpoche and one of the main lamas of Zangdokpalri Monastery. He is one of the four Ngakpas who stayed in Zangdokpalri monastery since Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche moved from this place. He is a very humble man, living with his family near the monastery
  6. Lama Karpo, Tshewang Dorje (1917-1972) was one of the most exceptional Dzogchen masters of the 20th century, and a direct student of Tokden Shakya Shri and of Dudjom Rinpoche. He settled in Yongphula, Bhutan, and spread widely the Dudjom Tersar lineage in Bhutan.
  7. Lama Kunzang Dorje Rinpoche is the Head Lama of the Jangsa Dechen Choling Monastery in Kalimpong , India. He also heads two monasteries in Kurteo Lhuentse , Eastern Bhutan , and one in Gelephu in Southern Bhutan. Born in 1970 into the sacred Nyo lineage, Rinpoche's father, Lama Pema Longdrol, was a lineage holder and a heart disciple of H.H. Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche, the Head of the Nyingma School. Lama Kunzang Dorjee Rinpoche is a cousin of H.H. the Je Khenpo, who is the Head of the Southern Drukpa School and Head Lama of Bhutan. Lama Kunzang Dorjee Rinpoche holds the spiritual lineages of the Dudjom Tersar and of the Longchen Nyingthig traditions. He speaks and teaches in excellent English. From his first days, he received the blessings of many great lamas and as a boy, he received many important empowerments and transmissions from H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche in person. Rinpoche's father, Lama Pema Longdrol, gave him many teachings and transmissions, including the detailed instructions on the tantric deity of Vajrakilaya. He has been blessed to receive Dzogchen and other teachings from Kyabje Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche and from H.H. Kyabje Dungse Thinley Norbu Rinpoche.
  8. 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.
  9. Gyaltsen Tulku Rinpoche was a disciple of Dudjom Rinpoche and of Lama Sönam Zangpo
  10. Pema Lhatso was a Tröma Nakmo practitioner from Pemakö who married Lama Sherap Dorje Rinpoche. Lopön Jigme Thutop Namgyal is her son.
  11. 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.
  12. Raya Tulku was the reincarnation of Gechag Tsangyant Gyamtso, a renowed crazy wisdom yogi of the late 19th century.
  13. 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."
  14. 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).
  15. 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.