It is with unbearable sadness that we learned yesterday of the devastating news that His Holiness Dudjom Yangsi, Sangye Pema Shepa passed away at the age of 32 on February 13th of 14th*, 2022.  This is a devastating loss for the Nyingma tradition in general, the Dudjom Tersar tradition specifically, and, we feel, the whole world.

The following is a selection of the forthcoming The Ruby Rosary by Thinley Rinpoche, the son of the previous Dudjom Rinpoche, and the uncle to Dudjom Yangsi Rinpoche.  In the foreword, Lama Tharchin relates the following:

This great being’s reincarnation is the supreme Nirmāṇakāya emanation Sangye Pema Shepa Drodul Rigdzin Trinley Drupe De, also known as Pema Ösel Pal Zangpo. His father was the great holy Treasure Revealer’s own son, Dola Choktrul Jigme Chökyi Nyima, and his mother is Pema Khandro, who has all the marks and signs of a Ḍākinī. In the year of the Iron Horse [1990], the lotus of his perfect form blossomed anew amid many amazing, auspicious signs.

Right from his early youth, his excellent propensities awakened, igniting the dynamic power of his innate supreme knowledge, an experience unique to the extraordinary liberated lives of great noble beings. Thus, he was able to read and write merely by glancing at words and letters. He received Kama and Terma empowerments, reading transmissions, and pith instructions from numerous learned and accomplished holy lineage masters, including the supreme sovereign master Kyabje Jigme Tsewang Thinley Norbu, who was his paternal uncle [the Treasure Revealer’s son], as well as the most senior of all of Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche’s disciples, Kyabje Chatral Sangye Dorje and Gonjo Tulku Orgyen Chemchok.

Sangye Pema Shepa Rinpoche drank deeply of this nectar until his thirst was quenched. The force of his recollection of past lives has given him prodigious knowledge of boundless gateways to the Dharma of scripture and realization. Now, at the age of fifteen,* his qualities of scholarship, discipline, and kindness are completely unrivaled, and his enormously powerful enlightened activities are flourishing in every direction. He has accepted his role as a holy and courageous protector of the Great Secret Early Translation teachings and beings.

In 2018 Dudjom Yangsi came to the US and bestowed the entire Dudjom Tersar cycle of empowerments at Pema Osel Ling in California.  Rinpoche also travelled extensively in the US during that trip, and we were deeply humbled by his visit to our office.

Lama Sonam Rinpoche of Pema Osel Ling and a close disciple of Dudjom Yangsi Rinpoche said, "At the time of a great teacher's parinirvana it is an opportunity to connect with the lama's wisdom mind, which is always present. This is the best time to do practice."


*Yangsi Rinpoche's anniversary is marked on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month.
Dudjom Yangsi

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche on Dudjom Yangsi's Passing

Rinpoche's Foreword to Taming of the Demons: From the Epic of Gesar of Ling

Previously, as the magical manifestation of Great Master [Padmasambhava],
You, Lion King Tamer of Māras [Gesar of Ling], through your blessings and power
Expelled the dark forces of the barbaric māras to the farthest shore,
Hoisted the victory banner of the Buddha’s doctrine high in the firmament,

And heralded in a celebratory time, a new golden age
Of the four endowments, like summertime in full bloom.
May all those glorious qualities of auspicious peace and well-being in the world
Bring us all great happiness now and always.

Thus, at the request of Lama Chönam, I, the one named Dudjom Sangye Pema Shepa, offered this aspiration prayer.

From the Foreword of The Ruby Rosary (2022), on the Lineage of Dudjom Lingpa and Dudjom Rinpoche

"Our world has many different ethnicities and languages, yet we all share the common wish for happiness. By relying upon the sublime life stories of this holy master, which are free from exaggeration and understatement, and upon his sacred writings, we will be able to follow his example and train in the precious Buddha Dharma, which is the source of every happiness and benefit."

This was written by Sangye Pema Shepa, the one bearing the title “Dudjom Incarnation,” on Ḍākinī Day in the eighth month of the Tibetan Earth Dog year [October 4, 2018]

Yangsi Rinpoche's Calling the Lama from Afar

Translation by Christina Monson with Venerable Sean Price