Root Lamas

Drime Abhan Tulku Pema Thugje Wangchuk (1901-1970)

Drime Abhan Rinpoche, Pema Thugje Wangchuk, was born the middle son of three to Nyagla Rinpoche Drime Özer, also known as Pema Mingyur Lingpa, and his secret consort Nordzin. Kathok Situ Chökyi Gyatso, Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö, Nyagla Sögyal Rinpoche and his father Drime Özer all praised him as the prophesied speech emanation of Jamgön Kongtrul Rinpoche Lodrö Thaye and Kathok Situ took charge of his upbringing.

From the time he was young his wisdom blossomed. From the simplest of gestures, he fully understood all topics, both inner and outer, without exception. There was not a single pith instruction or transmission for the kama, terma and pure vision lineages of the Early Translations of Secret Mantra he had not received. As for the instructions he received, he hadn’t simply heard them, rather he knew the details of their approaches, accomplishments and activities and had reached a high level of attainment in them. He had reached the culmination of his own aims and began to look after disciples. Initially, he gave the empowerments, transmissions and commentaries for the great Treasury of Precious Termas at my monastery. After that, he gave the Treasury of Precious Termas a total of six times, at places like Sengri Gar (his own seat located in the region of Kham Domé), Bag Drowa Monastery and Rakhog. He gave the Kama five times, the Treasury of Spiritual Advice eight times, the Seven Treasuries of Longchenpa five times and the Four Volumes of the Heart Drop thirteen times. Thus, he was like a life-tree to the Old School of Early Translations’ teachings, of the like never seen before.

His son, Dungse Rigdzin Gyalpo, succeeded him as throne holder of Ragchab Sengri Gar.

Adzom Gyalse Gyurme Dorje (1895-?)

Gyurme Dorje was born in 1895, the son of the great Adzom Drukpa Drodul Pawo Dorje. Considered the most recent incarnation of Terdak Lingpa, Adzom Gyalse Gyurme Dorje spent his youth receiving instructions on Dzogchen from his renowned father. Over time his father bestowed on him the entire range of pith instructions and installed him as his successor. After his father’s death, he taught extensively, on the Omniscient Longchen Rabjampa’s Seven Treasuries, the Heart Drop of Longchenpa, the Heart Drop of Chetsun and more.