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Dola Jigme Kalzang
rdo bla 'jigs med skal bzang


Short Biography[edit]

Dola Jigme Kalzang was one of the great masters of the Longchen Nyingtik lineage. He studied primarily with Dodrupchen Jigme Trinle Ozer and Getse Jigme Ngotsar. Jigme Kelzang's studies focused especially on Dzogchen according to the lineage of Longchen Nyingtik.

It is said that whenever Dodrupchen conferred empowerments towards the end of his life Jigme Kelzang would be the one to give the accompanying reading transmission (lung). It was also Jigme Kelzang who recognized Patrul Rinpoche as the incarnation of Pelge Lama Samten Puntsok. His students included the likes of Patrul Rinpoche, Gyelse Zhenpen Taye and Do Khyentse.

It’s not sure when or how he died, but one story recounts that he died while travelling in China:

“As he was passing through a town, the story goes, he noticed a large crowd gathering in the central square and went to investigate what was happening. There he saw that a thief was about to be executed by a strange method that required him to be strapped to an iron horse which would then be heated to an unbearable temperature from within. Straightaway, Jigme Kelzang pushed to the front of the crowd, declaring himself to be the true culprit. The man was freed and Jigme Kelzang executed in his place. Thus, out of compassion, he gave up his own life to spare the suffering of an anonymous criminal.”

Written By Han Kop

Literary Works[edit]

Taken from RigpaWiki

  • Foolish Babble Clarifying Reality: Notes on the Generation and Perfection Stages (bskyed rdzogs kyi zin bris blun gtam de nyid gsal ba)– sometimes mistakenly attributed to Do Khyentse Yeshe Dorje.
    • English translation: Babble of a Fool: A Note on the Creation and Completion Stages, translated by Ringu Tulku, in Ringu Tulku, Daring Steps Towards Fearlessness: The Three Vehicles of Buddhism, Snow Lion Publications, 2005, pages 121-173 (interspersed with comments by Ringu Tulku).
    • English translation: The Babble of a Foolish Man: Notes on Creation and Completion to Clarify the True Nature, translated by Holly Gayley, in Holly Gayley and Joshua Schapiro, A Gathering of Brilliant Moons: Practice Advice from the Rime Masters of Tibet. Somerville, MA: Wisdom Publications, 2017.


  • Words of the Siddhas: How to Practice the Heart-Essence of the Vast Expanse (klong chen snying thig gi sngon 'gro gtong tshul grub pa'i zhal lung)
    • English translation: [Words of the Siddhas: How to Practice the Heart-Essence of the Vast Expanse[1], translated by Han Kop, 2022, for the Longchen Nyingtik Project.


  • Swiftly Traversing the Path of the Noble Ones: Notes that are Concise in Words and Meaning which Elaborate on "The Application of Mindfulness: Instructions from the Heart Essence of the Vast Expanse" (klong chen snying thig gi khrid yig dran pa nyer bzhag las 'phros pa'i tshig don nyung bsdus kyi zin tho 'phags lam myur bsgrod)


  • The Lamp that Iluminates the Meaning: A Concise Guide that Elaborates on "Staircase to Akaniṣṭha: Instructions on the Generation Phase" (bskyed rim 'od min bskrod pa'i them skas las 'phrod pa'i zin bris bsdus pa don gsal sgron me)

དཔལ་ཆེན་བཀའ་འདུས་རྒྱ་མཚོ་ལས། ཕུར་བ་བདུད་དཔུང་ཟིལ་གནོན་ཆོག་ཁྲིགས་སུ་བསྡེབས་པ་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཁྲོས་པའི་གད་རྒྱངས།

  • The Laughter of Vajra Anger, An Arrangement of the Liturgy of Vajrakīlaya, Overpowering the Forces Of Mara, from the Ocean of Gathered Teachings of the Awesome Ones (dpal chen bka' 'dus rgya mtsho las / phur ba bdud dpung zil gnon chog khrigs su bsdebs pa rdo rje khros pa'i gad rgyangs)


  • An Averting Ritual for Vajrakīlaya, Overpowering the Forces Of Mara (phur ba bdud dpung zil gnon gyi bzlog pa'i las rim bsdus pa byad ma rang bshed dbab'i mtshon cha gnam lcags zhun ma'i 'phrul 'khor gsang ba'i rgya can )

ཡུལ་མཁའ་འགྲོའི་གད་རྒྱངས་ལས། དབང་སྡུད་སྐོར་གྱི་དམིགས་པ་སྣང་སྲིད་ཟིལ་གནོན།

  • Subjugating Appearance and Existence: The Visualization of the Magnetizing Retinue, for the Severance Practice of the Loud Laughter of the Ḍākinīs (gcod yul mkha' 'gro'i gad rgyangs las / dbang sdud skor gyi dmigs pa snang srid zil gnon)


  • Ma Gön Chamdral Averting Torma (dpal ldan ma mgon lcam dral dang 'brel ba'i ma gzhin drug cu rtsa bzhi'i gtor bzlog bdud sde'i g.yul 'dzoms)


  • A Concise Averting Ritual for Takhyung (rta khyung gi bzlog bsdus )

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External Links[edit]

  • The BDRC (TBRC) Link[2]
  • The Treasury of Lives Link[3]