The Longchen Nyingthig Tradition and Dodrup Chen Rinpoche


Jigmed Lingpa

Guru Rinpoche could see far into the future and hid special teachings called, "Terma" in order give teachings and practices appropriate for different times. He created auspicious connections for his main disciples to be reborn as special lamas (gurus) called, "Tertons" who would re-discover the hidden teachings and propagate them at the appropriate time. One such Terton was Jigmed Lingpa who re-discovered the Terma called, "Longchen Nyingthig" which is currently one of the foremost traditions in Nyingma. Jigmed Lingpa's main disciple, Dodrup Chen, vowed to preserve and protect the Longchen Nyingthig tradition in his current and future incarnations.

Currently, the 4th Dodrup Chen, Rinpoche ("Rinpoche" is a title lit. 'Precious One') is the head of the Longchen Nyingthig tradition. Much was lost when Tibet was conquered In the 1950's including monasteries, books, sacred art and artifacts. Dodrup Chen, Rinpoche went to Sikkim as a refugee and eventually established the Chorten Gonpa Monastery in Sikkim as his main seat. Several other monasteries of the Longchen Nyingthig tradition in Nepal, India, Tibet, Golog and other places follow Dodrup Chen Rinpoche as their root spiritual leader. Dodrup Chen Rinpoche has worked feverishly throughout his life to rebuild what was lost and to create facilities to train monks, yogis and lamas (gurus) and to re-publish books, re-create sacred art, and generally to do everything possible to build and preserve the Nyingma religion especially the Longchen Nyingthig tradition. In the US, he established the Maha Siddha Nyingma Center for those of us here who wish to practice this tradition.

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