Dudjom Rinpoche is a great saint and Vidyadhara of the Nyingma (meaning
"ancient") School of Tibetan Buddhism, and is considered by the Tibetan
community as the personal representative of Guru Rinpoche, the second
Buddha of our time. Thus, according to "The Garland of Crystal Pearls:
Prayer to the Legendary Incarnations of Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche", Kyabje
Rinpoche was, in fact, the eighteenth in a series of incarnations which
included some of the greatest Buddhist masters of both India and Tibet.
Ages ago, during the aeon of the Buddha Pranidhanaraja, Rinpoche was
the yogin Nuden Dorje Chang, who vowed to appear as the 1000th and the
last Buddha of this Light Aeon "Mopa Od Thaye". Later, he manifested
as Shariputra in India who, being the principal disciple of Buddha Shakyamuni,
was famous for his wisdom. He then reincarnated as the Brahmin Saraha
who, ranked first among the 84 Indian Mahasiddhas, was also the teacher
of Nagarjuna and spread the secret doctrines in this world. The fourth
manifestation was Trina Dzin (Krishnadhara in Sanskrit) who, as the
spiritual minister of King Indrabhuti of Oddiyana, first saw the birth
of Guru Rinpoche in a lotus. His next incarnation was Humkara, one of
the Eight Vidyadharas in India.
Photo 1.8 Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche's
future incarnation as Rigden Dorje Nonpo, the king of Shambhala.
His sixth manifestation was the great translator Drogben Lotsawa in
Tibet, one of Guru Rinpoche's twenty-five disciples. Then he reincarnated
as Mriti Jnana (Smrtijnanakirti in Sanskrit), the Indian pandita who
travelled to Tibet and whose lifetime coincides with the transition
from the Ancient (Nyingma) to the New (Sarma) period of translations.
Rinpoche's eighth manifestation was Rongzom Pandita Chokyi Zangpo, the
first to compose major treatises within the Nyingma tradition. Then
he reincarnated as Dampa Deshek (A.D. 1122-1192), the founder of the
great Kathok Monastery in Kham. His tenth manifestation was Palden Lingje
Repa, one of the fathers of the Drukpa Kagyu School.
Then he reincarnated as Chogyal Pakpa (A.D. 1235-1280), the head of
the Sakya tradition who ruled Tibet during the time of Kublai Khan.
His twelfth manifestation was Drum Khar Nagpa, a famous yogin of Kham.
Then he reincarnated as Hepa Chojung, a great siddha from eastern Tibet.
His fourteenth manifestation was Traktung Dudul Dorje (A.D. 1615-1672),
a renowned Terton in Puwo in southeast Tibet. He then reincarnated as
Gyalse Sonam Detsen, who was responsible for the revitalization of the
Kathok Monastery in Kham.