The Life Story of Kyabje Dudjom
down the main parts. In short, in all these important holy places where he practiced, Rinpoche always experienced the signs of accomplishment.
Dudjom Rinpoche was world famous as a very prolific author and a scholar. His writings are celebrated for the encyclopaedic knowledge they display of all the traditional branches of Buddhist learning, including poetics, history, medicine, astrology and philosophy. A writer of inspirational poetry of compelling beauty, he had a special genius for expressing the meaning and realization of Dzogchen with a crystal-like lucidity.
His "Collected Works" (Sungbum), numbering twenty-five volumes, did not include his complete output. Among the most widely read of his works are the "Fundamentals of the Buddhist Teachings" and "History of the Nyingma School", which he composed soon after his arrival in India. These works have now been translated into English by Gyurme Dorje and Matthew Kapstein and published by Wisdom Publications, while his Chinese spiritual representative Lama Sonam Chokyi Gyaltsan (Guru Lau Yui-che), with the help of Ming-chu Tulku, had also translated it into Chinese and published by the Secret Vehicle Publications in Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Another important and major part of his work was the revision, correction and editing of many ancient and modern texts, including the fifty-eight volumes of the whole of the Canonical Teachings of the Nyingma School ("Nyingma Kama"), a venture which he began at the age of 74, just as Jamgon Kongtrul had collected the Terma teachings. His own private library contains the largest collection of precious manuscripts and books outside of Tibet.
Unique in having
received the transmission of all the existing teachings of the immensely
rich Nyingma tradition, Dudjom Rinpoche was famous in particular as
a great Terton (treasure revealer), whose Termas are now widely taught
and practiced, and as the leading exponent of Dzogchen. Indeed, he was
regarded as the living embodiment of Guru Rinpoche and His representative
in this time. A master of masters, he was acknowledged by the leading
Tibetan Lamas as possessing the greatest power and blessing in communicating
the nature of mind, and it was to him that they sent their students
when prepared for this "Mind-direct" transmission. Dudjom Rinpoche was
the teacher of many of the most prominent lamas active today.
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