Dungse Jampal Norbu

"Enlightenment has to start somewhere; it starts with the natural tendency to move toward happiness and away from suffering."

-- Dungse Jampal Norbu


Dungse Jampal Norbu was born into a dharma family in 1988, as the son of Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche and Elizabeth Mattis Namgyel. Dungse la has traveled extensively in Asia, but spent much of his young life in Crestone, Colorado. If you were to ask Dungse la how long he has been studying the Buddhist path, he would say, “Since I was born.” Under his father’s wing he has received many teachings and transmissions, sometimes while the two were walking in the mountains of Crestone.

When Dungse la was still an infant, Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche instructed Kongtrul Rinpoche to train Dungse la to uphold Kongtrul Rinpoche’s lineage in the West. Dungse la spent five years studying Tibetan and traditional buddhadharma in Bir, India, to fulfill this vision, and is now embarking on an extended retreat at Rinpoche's retreat center in Crestone. Dungse la's anecdotal style and first-hand curiosity about how Buddhism relates to actual experience imbue his teaching with a fresh perspective, and reveal a natural wisdom and humor.

Kongtrul la,

Your intention to practice Longchen Nyingtik Preliminaries as well as the cycles of the Longchen Nyingtik is very excellent. Practice Thukdrup Junchi Kolchang everyday.

It would be excellent if you could establish a center of buddhadharma in America.

You should go to your father’s homeland and your predecessor’s monastery quite often, to have a look around. There, establishing the shedra and drupdra - the study and practice lineages - would be wonderful. So in the end, the monastery is more stable.

Your son, whether he becomes a monk or a ngakpa, in either case, you must intend him to become a Buddhist teacher who could hold your Dharma lineage. This will be excellent. For this to happen my blessings and protection - I the old father - without ever forgetting, am making prayers.

Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche communicated his vision for Dungse la in a letter to Kongtrul Rinpoche, seen above. Kongtrul Rinpoche describes their exchange, which occured just three weeks before His Holiness’ parinirvana:

“This is what Kyabje Khyentse Rinpoche, my root teacher, spontaneously wrote from his last retreat, during his practice session while he was not speaking, in my last meeting with him. Elizabeth and I have kept this in mind since that time, and in discussion with Jampal himself, have tried to make this come true. Although Jampal was recognized by several important masters as the reincarnation of a teacher from their age, his training in Khyentse Rinpoche's tradition has been more of a priority for me to fulfill first.”