Togdan Rinpoche

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Togdan Rinpoche
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Religion Buddhism
Nationality Indian
Senior posting
Teacher Dudjom Rinpoche
Based in Ladakh, India
Reincarnation Togdan Tulku

Togdan Rinpoche (1938 - May 24, 2023) was enthroned as the leader of Drikung Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism for Ladakh in 1943 [1] and served as the Head Lama for all Tibetan Buddhist Lineages in Ladakh. Rinpoche is one of the most senior Lamas for the Drikung Kagyu and Nyingma lineages of Tibetan Buddhism.


In addition to being an accomplished spiritual leader, Rinpoche played an active role in politics from the 1960s when he was elected as the first leader of the Ladakh Action Committee, until 2003 when he resigned from his post as the Minister of State for Ladakh Affairs and Planning [2] .

Appearance in documentaries and books

Rinpoche has appeared in several documentary films [3] [4] [5] including Yogis of Tibet [ dead link ] and The Tibetan Book of the Dead: A Way of Life [ dead link ]. Rinpoche can also be seen in a rare archive footage from 1965 in a Long Life Prayer for Dudjom Rinpoche, Rinpoche's root teacher.

Rinchen Terdzö

Togdan Rinpoche was a lineage holder for the teaching cycle of Jamgon Kongtrul the Great, Treasury of Precious Treasures and sponsored one of the most important transmission of this cycle that takes up to 6 months to transmit [6] in Tso Pema by his root teacher Dudjom Rinpoche in 1965. [7] He since then completed several transmissions of this highly regarded teaching cycle.


In accord with the Terma tradition of the Tibetan Buddhism and particularly the Nyingma order, Togdan Rinpoche was a terton and revealed the Padma Gyalpo Heart Essence Sadhana, which have been recently[ when? ] translated into English and Chinese[ citation needed ]. The teaching cycle was authenticated by Dudjom Rinpoche during the time he was the supreme leader of the Nyingma order.

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