Dudjom Rinpoche's Incarnation Lineage

The Pearl Necklace, A Prayer of the Successive Rebirths of Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche (Kyerab Soldeb)

(skyes rabs gsol ‘debs mukti ka’i do shal ces bya ba bzhugs so), Dudjom Sung Bum, Vol. Ah (25), pp. 25-30
The following are my personal notes with the names of Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche's incarnation lineage according to the Pearl Necklace. I've found it helpful to keep this for my own reference when listening to teachings on the Dudjom lineage. The information is incomplete and I have likely made mistakes so please keep this in mind and access original sources for your own research. I mainly used rigpawiki and Tsadra Foundation for information, as well as Dudjom Rinpoche's "History of the Nyingma." (PD)

Dudjom Incarnation Lineage according to the Pearl Necklace (Kyerab Soldeb)

  1. Nuden Dorje (yogin who vowed to appear as the final Buddha of our fortunate aeon Möpa Ö Thaye; or Nuden Dorje Tsal)
  2. Shariputra (6th to 5th century BCE, India; one of the foremost disciples of Buddha Shakyamuni; while dates for the Buddha’s life were long thought to be between 6th to 5th centuries BCE, more recent archeological evidence suggests he may have lived between 480-400 BCE and taught from roughly circa 445-400 BCE though there are differing opinions. See Wikipedia/Gautama_Buddha)
  3. Saraha (circa 8th century India; one of the 84 Mahasiddhas; bram-ze chen-po)
  4. Krishnadhara (date UK; chief minister of King Indrabhuti of Oddiyana; chos-blon kri-ṣṇa-‘dzin; trig na ‘dzin)
  5. Hungkara (date UK; one of the Eight Vidyadharas of India; born into a brahman family in Nepal, ordained at Nalanda in central India; huṃ-ka-ra/huṃ-mdzad)
  6. Drogben Khyechung Lotsawa (8th century Tibet; prominent among Guru Rinpoche’s 25 main disciples; ‘brog-ban khye’u chung lo tsā-ba)
  7. Smritijnanakirti (late 10th or early 11th century acc. to Gyurme Dorje; Indian pandita who came to Tibet; slob-dpon smri-ti dznyā-na ki-rti)
  8. Rongzom Chökyi Zangpo (1012-88; Nyingma commentaries; rong-zom-pa chos-kyi bzang-po)
  9. Kathok Dampa Deshek (1122-92; founder of Kathok Monastery; kaḥ-thog(-pa) dam-pa bde-gshegs)
  10. Palden Lingje Repa (1128-88 One of founders of Drukpa Kagyu; gling-rje ras-pa (padma rdo-rje))
  11. Chögyal Phagpa (1235-80; aka Sakya Trizin Chögyal Phagpa or Drogön Chogyal Phagpa; chos-rgyal ‘phags-pa)
  12. Karnakpopa of Drūm (date UK; aka Drūm Khar Nagpopa; Khampa yogi who meditated in dark retreat for 18 years, eastern Tibet)
  13. Hepa Chöjung (date UK; siddha, Kham, eastern Tibet)
  14. Traktung Düdul Dorje (1615-72; Tertön Düdul Dorje or Rigdzin Düdul Dorje; Powo, southeastern Tibet; (gter-chen) bdud-‘dul rdo-rje)
  15. Kathok Gyalsay Sonam Deutsen (1679-1723; restored & preserved Kathok Monastery tradition; (kaḥ-thog rgyal-sras) bsod-nams lde’u-btsan)
  16. Duddul Rolpa Tsal (18th century; teacher of Jigme Lingpa, 1730-1798; bdud-‘dul rol-pa rtsal)
  17. Garwang Dudjom Pawo (1835-1904; aka Dudjom Lingpa, renowned tertön, Golok, eastern Tibet; gter-chen bdud-‘joms gling-pa)
  18. Dudjom Rinpoche Jigdral Yeshe Dorje (1904-January 17, 1987; Pemakö, southeastern Tibet; birth listed as June 10 or July 22, 1904; passed into parinirvana at home in Dordogne, France; bdud ‘joms ‘jigs-‘bral ye-shes rdo-rje; aka dge-legs rnam-par rgyal-ba’i sde)
  19. Rigden Dorje Nönpo (future King of Shambhala)
  20. Lord Buddha Möpa Ö Thaye (the last Buddha of this fortunate aeon)

(January 20, 2022)