Rinpoche’s first teacher Gergen Sonam took care of the young Rinpoche and spent weeks on horseback to take Rinpoche to Tibet in 1951. Gergen Sonam was a large framed man, and with his presence commanded authority. It is with his support and care that Rinpoche wen through the early part of his life and training.
H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche
Dudjom Rinpoche was one of the most highly respected masters of the 20th Century. He was recognised as the reincarnation of Dudjom Lingpa and was later appointed as the first supreme head of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.
Even though he was considered a completely enlightened being, every day he would rise hours before dawn in order to practice. H.H. Dudjom Rinpoche is the root guru of the 9th Togden Rinpoche.
Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) is a semi-historical figure that is said to appear to tertons to reveal hidden Dharma teachings and is widely considered as the founder of Tibetan Buddhism.
Guru Rinpoche is the incarnation of Sakyamuni Buddha and Amitabha Buddha. Having revealed the Padma Gyalpo Lotus King Terma according to the tradition, H.E. Togden Rinpoche is a mind disciple of Guru Rinpoche.
The Togden tulku are believed to be the successive incarnations of the Indian Mahasiddha Hungchen Kara (Hungkara), one of the Eight Great Vidyadharas. The other Eight Vidyadharas include Nagarjuna, Manjushrimitra and Vimalamitra.
His lineage was transmitted to Padmasambhava and Namkhai Nyingpo who spread his teachings in India.
Nyang Tindgzin Zangpo
(8th - 9th century)
Tingdzin Zangpo was a key figure in the establishment of Buddhism in Tibet and is one of the few masters in history said to have attained the Rainbow Body. Rainbow body is the highest attainment in Tibetan Buddhism and Dzogchen.
He is credited for suggesting that the then King Trisong Detsen should invite Shantarakshita to Tibet and for having invited Vimalamitra to teach in Tibet, and became the heart disciple of Vimalamitra.
(1585 - 1656)
Jatson Nyingpo was a great terton master (terma revealer) who spent 17 years in a sealed hermitage retreat. He was the root guru of many great masters, such as the 10th Karmapa, the 1st Drikung Chungtsang and the 5th Drugchen.
Jatson Nyingpo is credited for revealing many terma teachings, including The Peaceful and Wrathful Deities and Nucleus of Definite Meaning..