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


  1. Ani Kunzang is the consort of the late Lama Chime Rinpoche. Still in residence in Durpin, at Zangdok Palri Monastery (Kalimpong, India), she is a senior student of Dudjom Rinpoche and has been his personal attendant many years ago. Ani Kuzang is a very strong practitioner and lama and now leads a group of female practitioners in Durpin.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Ghonpo Tenzin Rinpoche aka Lama Tsarak Gombu Tenzing 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 (Kalimpong, India).
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Lama Nagpo Pema Wangchen (Wyl. bla ma nag po Padma dbang chen) was a renowned master of the Dudjom Tersar lineage from Bhutan, and a direct student of Dudjom Rinpoche. One of his student is Lama Pema Dorje Rinpoche, who received tsalung teachings from him.
  10. 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.
  11. Gyaltsen Tulku Rinpoche was a disciple of Dudjom Rinpoche and of Lama Sönam Zangpo
  12. Pema Lhatso was a Tröma Nakmo practitioner from Pemakö who married Lama Sherap Dorje Rinpoche. Lopön Jigme Thutop Namgyal is her son.
  13. 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.
  14. Raya Tulku was the reincarnation of Gechag Tsangyant Gyamtso, a renowed crazy wisdom yogi of the late 19th century.
  15. 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).
  16. 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.