Dodrupchen Jigme Tenpe Nyima Series

Tibetan MastersDodrupchen Jigme Tenpe Nyima

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Dodrupchen Jigme Tenpe Nyima

The Third Dodrupchen

Name variants:
  • Abhaya
  • Jigme Tenpe Gyaltsen
  • Kunzang Jigme
  • Zhönnu Abhaya
  • Zhönnu Jigme
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Miraculous emanation of Samantabhadra’s fearless primordial wisdom,

Jigme Tenpe Nyima, ‘Sun of the Teachings’, great bodhisattva,

Glorious one whose enlightened activity pervades the universe,

Supreme in learning, discipline, and goodness, to you I pray!

Texts by and about the Third Dodrupchen, Jigme Tenpe Nyima (rdo grub chen 'jigs med bstan pa'i nyi ma, 1865–1926):


This short work, written for an unnamed disciple, contains general advice on how to prepare for the moment of death.

Mipham Rinpoche gave this text in thirty-seven verses to the Third Dodrupchen Jigme Tenpe Nyima as a sealed scroll while they were both at Dzongsar Monastery. Although the precise date is unclear, it seems likely that this was in or around 1886. The text is a mixture of personal, often cryptic advice and prophecy.

In this brief text, Jigme Tenpe Nyima explains the most important reasons for regarding the teacher as a buddha, a central tenet of the Vajrayāna.

On the basis of classical sources, Jigme Tenpe Nyima warns of the dangers of sleep and drowsiness; he also offers some practical suggestions for cutting down on sleep and enhancing diligence.

A candid, somewhat comical description of what it means to take a limited and superficial approach to scholarship, which Jigme Tenpe Nyima tells us is based on his own experience.

A very short text on the best conduct and attitude to adopt when practising in meditative retreat.

In this very short text, Jigme Tenpe Nyima describes the best, middling and inferior ways of using pain and illness as part of the Mahāyāna path.

One of Jigme Tenpe Nyima's best known works—and indeed one the most famous Tibetan texts of recent times—this is a pithy and practical guide to integrating all experiences, good and bad, happy and sad, into the path to enlightenment. As the text itself puts it, this is “indispensable for leading a spiritual life, a most needed tool of the Noble Ones, and quite the most priceless teaching in the world.”

Aspiration Prayers

Benedictory Verses


A brief explanation of the popular ritual of incense smoke offering—or sang—detailing the visualization and describing the benefits of the practice.

This short commentary on the most famous of all prayers to Guru Padmasambhava offers a simple visualization based on the very words of the Seven Lines.

A simple presentation of taking refuge that identifies its objects, essence, literal meaning, subdivisions, and benefits.

This profound explanation of the individual syllables of Padmasambhava's famous Vajra-Guru Mantra is written in colloquial language that is concise and easy to understand. The text is explicitly aimed at 'town-dweller mantrins' who mistakenly confuse the fundamentals of Secret Mantra.

This is the second major commentary on Yumka, the ḍākinī practice of the Longchen Nyingtik, (not including Jigme Lingpa's own writings) after the much longer and more elaborate Raṭik, which it supplements. The text begins with a discussion of the role and significance of Yeshe Tsogyal, and then proceeds to examine the practice itself, highlighting its special qualities and elaborating on many of its profound and subtle features.

An explanation of the final words of the great Dzogchen master Orgyen Tendzin Norbu (1841–1900): "I am Guru Padmākara of Oḍḍiyāna, a buddha free from birth and death. Awakening mind is impartial and unbiased, beyond labels of the eight stages, the four pairs."

This unusual text, which the author playfully suggests was requested by a bouquet of flowers, discusses the qualities and benefits of floral offerings. The translation is by Tulku Thondup Rinpoche and Philip Richman.




Guru Yoga

Lineage Prayers

Long-Life Prayers







Swift Rebirth Prayers

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