H. H. Dudjom Rinpoche was born in 1904, in a noble family in the Southeast province of Pema Kö, which is one of the “hidden or secret lands” of Padmasambhava. He was recognized as the incarnation of Dudjom Lingpa, a very important tertön (developer of hidden treasure or Terma, in particular those related to the practice of Vajrakilaya). Dudjom Lingpa had in mind to visit the South of Tibet to reveal the sacred land of Pema Kö, but as he could not do it, he predicted his successor would have born there to reveal it by himself.
During his youth, Dudjom Rinpoche studied with some of the most distinguished masters of that time. He started his studies with Khenpo Pema Atón in Ko, before attending some of the great monastic universities of Central Tibet as Mindrolling, Dorje Drak y Tarje Tingpoling and Eastern Tibet as Kathok and Dzogchen.
Mindrolling was the monastery where Dudjom Rinpoche returned to perfect his understanding of the Nyngma tradition. Among his many professors, there are Phungong Tulku Gyurme Ngedon Wangpo, Jedrung Trinlé Jampa Jungne, Gyurme Phendei Özer y Minling Dordzin Namdrol Gyatso.
The main area where Dudjom Rinpoche developed his activity was in Central Tibet, where the Mindrolling tradition is maintained, especially in Pema Chöling and other places as in the South of Tibet regions: Kongpo and Puwo. He was acclaimed in Tibet for the deepness of his realization and spiritual achievements, as well as for his unrivalled erudition.
The oldest school of Buddhist Tantra
In the VIII century, the Indian Tantric Master Padmasambhava took the vast and deep teachings of the Buddha Sakyamuni to a little group of disciples in Tibet. The aim of the set of methods taught was the ultimate development of wisdom and compassion.
According to this vision, the inherently pure nature of beings remains totally intact despite being darkened by ignorance, neurotic passions and aggressiveness. The realization of this nature totally awakened could be achieved only during one life. To find these teachings has been and continues to be a very rare fortune.
Tantric Buddhism of Tibet, called the Vajrayana Vehicle or Vehicle of the Diamond, since centuries conserves all the strength of its transmission, in part due to the geographical isolation of the country. The transmission line had been conserved thanks to the great holders of the lineage who gave their lives entirely for the continuity and protection of this deepen knowledge.
Since the times of Buddha until now, the human mind is essentially the same. Buddha Sakyamuni is the master of our era and his teachings are relevant also today. Transmissions and practices of Vajrayana contribute to clarity, stability and inner luminosity. The practice of Vajrayana meditation does not isolate the practitioner from the world, neither provides him a merely personal salvation. On the contrary, it integrates the skillful means and wisdom with an open and unbreakable vision of the interconnection of life.
Paradoxically, it was after an historical tragedy that Tibet made it known its inexhaustible knowledge of the Self to the rest of the world. With Chinese occupation and the Tibet annexation in 1959, lots of the most important Buddhist masters fled, like many thousands of lay people. These masters took with them a great spiritual realization, as well as sacred writings, relics and consecrated pieces of art. At the beginning, they went to the North of India, Nepal, Bhutan and Sikkim. In the following years, they started to receive those of us who, from the West, were searching a spiritual path, a way of living with dignity, courage, humor and compassion in an increasingly dangerous and chaotic world.
Amongst the great personalities who left Tibet, there was His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche. He was the spiritual incarnation of the Nyingma Lineage, the original Vajrayana transmission of Tibet. In one of his previously incarnations, Dudjom Rinpoche was Sariputra, a direct disciple of Buddha Sakyamuni, and in another he was Khyeu Chung Lotsawa, one of the principal disciples of Padmasambhava.
Widely recognized as a master of masters, His Holiness was an erudite and a prolific author of more than forty volumes that gave new light to the Tantric teachings and practices of the Nyingma Lineage. He was also a master in medicine and traditional sciences. Venerated in all the world for his spiritual eminence, deep meditative realization and vast wisdom, Dudjom Rinpoche contributed its greatness to establish the Nyingma School in Europe and America.
Terma tradition is a renowned characteristic of the Nyingma school. It is the skillful means by which Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche), a powerful and great meditation master, through its yogic powers, hidden teachings for the future generations into the elements: earth, water, fire and wind, as well as the space of mind consciousness of his disciples. At the right moment, those disciples appear in the world as tertöns or developers of these teachings known as Termas or Dharma treasures. These teachings must be discovered at certain moments in time, when beings have the need of a particular teaching to eliminate obstacles, diseases and different adversities.
H. H. Dudjom Rinpoche was one of these treasures' developers and revealed lots of teachings for the wellness of all beings in times of war, famine and lack of harmony that the world is facing during the present time. So, the Dudjom Tersar lineage is fresh, alive, direct and without loss of meaning or spiritual force. These teachings come directly from Guru Rinpoche, and through him, they come to us in a direct and short lineage. Therefore, it is an uncontaminated tradition that does not know the degeneration caused by the broken samayas. The blessing and the achievements are immediate.
During his life, Dudjom Rinpoche hasn't only devoted most of his time to propagating and preserving the Termas of his predecessor Dudjom Lingpa, but he also revealed his own. Some of this teaching cycles include the Khandro Thugtik, Tsokye Thugtik y Putri Repung, among others.
His Holiness Sangyum Rigzin Wangmo was a realized woman, the consort of H. H. Dudjom Rinpoche and the mother of H. H. Dungse Shenphen Dawa Norbu Rinpoche. She was a manifestation of the Dakini of Wisdom. At the age of 8, she received teachings from the Dakini Yeshe Tsogyal, which she put directly into practice.
She was the prophesied consort of Dudjom Rinpoche, of whom she had been also the consort in the previous life. Not only took care and enlarged the life of His Holiness, but she also fostered the auspicious blossoming of his wisdom revelations. She passed the majority of his life in a strict retreat and in incessant and encouraging activity for the benefit of all beings. She took a proactive role in recognizing reincarnations of many Lamas. Her dreams were clairvoyant: all of them were predictions. Before any tragedy fell on the family, she would foresee and indicate methods to revert it.
She was recognized as a manifestation of White Tara and Yeshe Tsogyal. She dissolved her conscience in the Dharmakaya on the 27th of august 2014, at 5:55 pm in the Yeshe Nyingpo centre of New York city, entering immediately in the Thug Dam (unbreakable meditation for the benefit of all beings).
He is the son of H. H. Dudjom Rinpoche and the actual regent of the Dudjom Tersar Linage, he was born in Kongbo (Tibet) in 1950. He was recognized by His Holiness Karmapa as the reincarnation of Taksham Tulku and Tulku Yeshe, the developer of numerous hidden teachings. During his childhood and youth, he received by his father a complete training about all the aspects of Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism.
Moreover, he was educated in different occidental schools, for this reason he can express perfectly in English and fully understand the Western mentality.
H. H. Dudjom Rinpoche designated him 'heir of the Dharma' and, as proof of his deep confidence, designated him to transfer all his teachings and to make all the adaptations he considered necessary for its better understanding. As the monasteries of Nepal, Sikkim and India, he created and directs various centers and groups of Dharma in USA, England, France, Switzerland and Spain.
Lama Djampa Gyatso – Idili Lizcano was born in the South shore of the Mediterranean, in the city of Oran. His parents were political refugees of the Spanish Civil War and soon moved to Paris, where he studied from the age of 14. He moved to Altea, a nice town, in front of the “Mare Nostrum”, where his mother's family came from. Then, he studied Philosophy at the University of Philology in Alicante and Valencia. Seeing the lack of wisdom and the excess of rationalism and dialectical materialism of official philosophy, it began an intense spiritual search that lead him to get excited about Tantra and Alchemy.
He started to travel all around Spain with a yellow 4L to visit lots of Tantric communities that existed in the country during that period. He visited the Rainbow Community, AnandaíMarga, the Tantra Institute of Calonge where they practiced the Red Tantra or Tantra Kaula, the White Tantra of Sikh origin in Barcelona... Until one day, at University, he found a poster with written: “Buddhist Tantra”. So he went to Salamanca to attend a course given by a Tibetan Master called Lama Djampel Sangye. He remained fascinated by the Tantric Buddhism and, soon after, he decided to travel to India and Nepal searching for his Master.
Lama Djampa attended an intense training during 3 months where the groundings of Buddhism are taught. An extraordinary training given by two big Masters: Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa in the Monastery of Kopan. During a visit at the biggest Stupa of Boudhanath, he discovered the Ngakpas or Tantric Yogis of the Nigma Tradition. He felt a deep connection.
During a private conversation, Lama Zopa told him he had a karmic connection with two Masters but he only remembered one of the names: DUDJOM... Dudjom Rinpoche.
From that moment, Lama Djampa started looking for his Master all around the North of India and Nepal. The search will last some months, since one day he saw at His Holiness Dudjom Rinpoche in the balcony of his house of Thamel and started crying of emotion. “He is my Master... Who I came to looking for from so far...” he felt deep within himself.
He sent him a message, but Dudjom Rinpoche asked him to find him again in France the year after. The months passed and Lama Djampa, together with his wife of that time and a friend, went to Pechardie, the residence of Dudjom Rinpoche in Dordogne.
There, the three of them received directly from the Great Master some marvelous teachings about Ngondro or Preliminary Practices. Full of energy and devotion, he came back to the Alpujarra region of Granada, where he lived on in a farmhouse up to 1,700 meters practicing Ngondro. He would not return to see his Master until he had finished all the accumulation.
He studied the Dharma under the spiritual direction of his Master Dudjom Rinpoche until the paranirvana of this one on February 1987. He received initiations and instructions about the practice of Purba and Green Tara of Abundance, among others.
Then he became disciples of His Holiness Shenphen Dawa Norbu Rinpoche, the carnal son of Dudjom Rinpoche, to which he continues to devote to this day. He received from him a lot of teachings and initiations from the Nyingma Tersar Lineage.
At the same time, Lama Djampa received instructions from his Master to create a company from nothing. He did it trying to apply principles and ethic of Dharma to the economy. He is continuing with the effort to apply the principles of Buddhist Economy to our society. All this with important breaks to practice in individual retreats in the solitude of the mountains. Lama Djampa is a businessman who tries to fusion his intense working life with the spiritual life.
He received the initiation and took the vows of Ngakpa or Tantric Yogi. After 30 years practicing Dharma he was appointed as Lama by his Master.
He started his work of diffusion of the teachings of the Buddhist Tantra around Spain (Barcelona, Figueres, Valencia and Malaga) and Portugal.
In 2010 he created the Mandala Centre of Figueres. Today he is putting his efforts as spiritual director, together with a group of students, to the new centre of Dharma called Can Camps, especially adapted to the group retreats. It is situated in the heart of the beautiful region of the Garrotxa, (Girona).
Today he lives in the solitude of the mountains, in a beautiful little valley that he kindly calls “the Paradise”, where his disciples go to make solo retreats under his spiritual direction.
The Buddhist Tantra Sangha, created and guided by Yogi Lama Djampa Gyatso, has the objective of spreading the precious teachings of the Dudjom Tersar Lineage, using new codes and ways of teaching adapted to our Mediterranean culture. We want to create a Dharma culture that fills society with Buddhist values troughout important aspects of life, such as art, economy or partner relationships, as well as promoting the practice of Dharma through the Gandhara Program of Contemplative Studies and Meditative Practices. We want to support the tantric yogic tradition through the practice of mysticism in our retreat centers. Our temple (Can Camps) is located in the heart of La Garrotxa in Girona (Catalonia), although we have local meditation groups in different cities around Spain.
Children are welcome in our Sangha. The lineage Dudjom Tersar is a lineage of families, and our tradition is that of the Ngakpas, Yogis and Yoginis. We encourage Sangha’s parents to bring their children to the retreats so they can live the experience of being in the middle of nature within meditative, loving and respectful environment. Depending on the number of children, the services of a specialized caregiver with knowledge in conscious parenting will be hired.
In our Sangha there is a sponsoring program whereby anyone who wants can help economically other people in order to receive education or to retire. This is a way to practice the paramita of generosity and accumulate merit and Positive Karma. There is also the possibility to access to courses or to make retreats under special conditions for people with economical difficulties. Each case will be personally evaluated by the organization team, so they can determine these conditions.
The heart of our Sangha is Can Camps, Tortellà, in the province of Girona, althought Sangha members live throughout the Iberian Peninsula. Currently, there are several local meditation groups active where the teachings of Lama Djampa Gyatso are practiced. Get in touch and find out if there is a local group in your city or town!