Yesterday was the anniversary of Kyabjé Dudjom Rinpoche (1904-1987), was one of Tibet’s foremost yogins, scholars, and meditation masters, and one of Sogyal Rinpoche's root teachers.
Recognized as the incarnation of Dudjom Lingpa (1835-1904), whose previous incarnations included the greatest masters, yogins and panditas such as Shariputra, Saraha and Khye'u Chung Lotsawa, and considered to be the living representative of Padmasambhava, Dudjom Rinpoche was a great revealer of the ‘treasures’ (terma) concealed by Padmasambhava.
A prolific author and meticulous scholar, Dudjom Rinpoche wrote more than forty volumes, one of the best known of which is his monumental The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism: Its Fundamentals and History. Over the last decade of his life he spent much time teaching in the West, where he helped to establish the Nyingma tradition, founding major centres in France and the United States.
In 1972, 1976 and 1979 Dudjom Rinpoche visited London at the invitation of Sogyal Rinpoche, who travelled with him during his tours of the West as his translator and aide.
In 1979 he spent the whole month of May at the centre of Dzogchen Orgyen Chöling in north-west London, which was later to become Rigpa. He gave public talks, empowerments and teachings in central London, and special instructions to small groups.
Dudjom Rinpoche was undoubtedly a fully realized master, yet, every day he would rise hours before dawn in order to practise; in the mornings he would pray for all those who had taken refuge in him, and in the evenings for those who had died. Continually he prayed that all those who saw him, heard him, came in contact with him or even thought of him would be freed from suffering. He always made a point of being accessible to people from all walks of life, and anyone who had the good fortune to meet him could not fail to be touched by his warmth, simplicity and vivacious sense of humour, as much as they were awed by his presence, deep wisdom and vast learning.
You can read more about this extraodinary master on the Rigpa wiki