Dudjom Jigdral Yeshe Dorje

Dudjom Rinpoche with Prince Paljor Namgyal and Maharani Kunzang Dechen Tshomo Namgyal.

Traditionally, there were many decentralised branches of the Nyingma school. No one in the school held political positions, since the 8th century. However, organised efforts to protect the Tibetan Buddhist teachings and culture after the invasion of Tibet resulting in a mass exodus of Tibetans to India after 1959. That time, the 14th Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration requested that someone be installed as the Head of the Nyingma school. Dudjom Rinpoche undertook this role in order to help preserve the Nyingma Lineage.

As the news of this spread, his disciple were shocked and saddened. They'd also heard that authorities were going to transport His Holiness by train from Siliguri to Panchimari, the site of a prison for Tibetans detained for political reasons. Many students from Sikkim, Darjeeling, Bhutan, and Kalimpong planned to prevent the train from leaving by lying on the railroad tracks. But by then His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his officials, the king of Sikkim, and the king, queen, and ministers of Bhutan, and important figures from India and Nepal, as well as thousands of students, had already written letters to Jawaharlal Nehru, the Prime Minister of India. After a few days His Holiness was released from house arrest in Siliguri and returned to his home in Kalimpong.

Dudjom Tenzin Yeshe Dorje (b. 1990) is a reincarnation of Dudjom Rinpoche and resides mainly in Bhutan and Nepal.

Dudjom Tenzin Yeshe Dorje was born in 1990 as the first of two sons of a couple of Bhutanese students of Dudjom Rinpoche[1]. His father, Kesang Dadul, is the son of Dasbo Drongong and a descendent of the Nyo lineage of Bumthang. His mother, Sonam Chokyi, is the daughter of Colonel Penjor Ongdi and Deki Choden.

On the 30th of September 1993, the enthronement ceremony was held in Dudjom Gompa, in Boudhanath, Nepal, by Trulshik Rinpoche at the behest of Dudjom Sangyum Rikdzin Wangmo.

The ceremony of initiating Dudjom Tenzin Yeshe Dorje's education was performed in July 1994, in Nagi Gompa, by Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche.

Dudjom Tenzin Yeshe Dorje has received teachings and empowerments from many masters, including:

Dudjom Tenzin Yeshe Dorje resides and studies mainly at two places: Dudjom Namdrol Choling, across the valley from Yangleshö cave in Pharping, Khatmandu ; and in Sartsham Chorten, opposite Taktsang Monastery, Paro, Bhutan, where he has founded a gomde, or study and practice center for lay practitioners.

Dudjom Tenzin Yeshe Dorje also oversees the activities of the Nyimalung Monastery dratshangs in Bumthang and Gelephu, Bhutan. In 2005, he was appointed as the monastery's first abbot.

In the last few years, Dudjom Tenzin Yeshe Dorje has performed many drubchens and conferred empowerments at various monasteries in Bhutan and India, and has presided annually at the Ngagyur Nyingma Chenmo world peace prayers at Bodhgaya, India.

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Dudjom Rinpoche was a householder, a yogi, a writer, and a master and guru with a family, married twice.

Dudjom Rinpoche's first wife was Sangyum Kusho Tseten Yudron, and they had seven children.

Dudjom Rinpoche's second wife was Sangyum Kusho Rigzin Wangmo, and they had four children, one son and three daughters.

From his first marriage to H.R.H. Ashi Pema Chodon Wangchuk, a royal family member of Bhutan, he has two sons.

Dungsey Shenphen Dawa Norbu Rinpoche went on to marry Sangyum Sonam Choksit la. They have two daughters, Semo Dechen Yangzom and Semo Tseyang Drolkar.