Lus Rinpoche (Lama Candice) is confirmed as a Dzogchen lineage successor of Wangdor Rimpoche in his namthar (autobiography). Specifically, she is a successor named in Wangdor Rimpoche’s namthar. She is authorized to carry the authentic lineages of Dzogchen, Atiyoga, Mahamudra, and Chagchen, which are complete lineage wangs, oral transmissions, and pith instructions. Lus Rinpoche specializes in Dzogchen. Thus the Dzogchen teachings reach India and all of Asia, Europe, South America, Africa, Australia and North America. Lus Rinpoche has formal centers in India, Sweden and the USA. Wangdor Rimpoche is the Dzogchen lineage successor of His Eminence Tenzin Gyeltsen Rinpoche (Khunu Lama). Wangdor Rimpoche carried on his own back from Tibet to India the esteemed master His Eminence Thuksey Rinpoche, supreme head of the Drukpa Kagyu Lineage. To this day Wangdor Rimpoche gives direct Dzogchen perception to those with an authentic connection to him. He has made certain that such students will receive his instructions throughout current and future times. At the behest of Dudjom Rinpoche and along with him, Wangdor Rimpoche assisted in building Orgyen Heruka Nyingmapa Gompa in Tsol Pema, India. At the behest of 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpé Dorje, Wangdor Rimpoche built Zigar Monastery in Tsol Pema. Wangdor Rimpoche created a monumental statue of Padmasambhava standing above Rewalsar Lake (Lotus Lake) in Tsol Pema, India, and known throughout the world. He also created a retreat center on the mountain and orphanages in Tibet and Nepal. Wangdor Rimpoche received the authentic lineage transmission of Dzogchen (Great Completion) from the great master His Eminence Tenzin Gyeltsen Rinpoche (Khunu Lama). Through direct mind perception, Wangdor Rimpoche realized the essence of the teaching as one state of knowledge and love beyond all limitations. This realization has remained a characteristic feature of Wangdor Rimpoche’s way of teaching throughout his life.
In addition to Wangdor Rimpoche, Tenzin Gyeltsen Rinpoche also was a foremost teacher of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Tenzin Gyeltsen Rinpoche encouraged people to make every moment of their life a retreat. This was Tenzin Gyeltsen Rinpoche’s form of retreat. Tenzin Gyeltsen Rinpoche did not engage in conventional wisdom about long retreats of even one day in length. He stated it essential to make every moment of life a retreat, the entirety of life a permanent retreat. This means creating space in the unruly mind, allowing it to slow down and experience a greater clarity, so its negative aspect declines and its positive aspect grows. Whenever this happens, we are in retreat. Labeling a specific period as “retreat” can provide a different emphasis for our practice, but this is not necessarily one that is entirely beneficial. Instead, if one appreciates the potential for every moment to be retreat, life naturally becomes powerfully rooted in Dharma and most beneficial.
Tenzin Gyeltsen Rinpoche (Khunu Lama) was an illustrious disciple of the supreme incarnation of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö the renowned Rime Dharma King whose principal masters included Shechen Gyaltsap Gyurme Pema Namgyal and Shenpen Chökyi Nangwa (Khenpo Shenga Rimpoche), thus he also became a teacher and guide for Dilgo Rinpoche, Dezhung Rinpoche and Sogyal Rinpoche. He was a major influence on a very young Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche, who first met him in 1945, and he is also mentioned with awe by Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche in his biography. Orgyen Tendzin Norbu, was the principal lineage heir of Patrul Rimpoche. His disciples also included Khenpo Shenga and Khenpo Yonga. The full list of teachings Orgyen Tendzin Norbu received from masters, but especially from Patrul Rinpoche, is strikingly long. Later he would say that while all his teachers were equal in terms of their qualities, in terms of kindness it was Patrul who was greatest. Tulku Thondup Rinpoche tells us that from 1883 Patrul refused to take on any further students, and directed any prospective newcomers to Orgyen Tendzin Norbu instead. This is, in fact, how Khenpo Shenga came to study with him. After Patrul’s death, it was Orgyen Tendzin Norbu who made the funeral arrangements and initially gathered and compiled his writings. As advised by the very great Jigme Lingpa, his lineage master, Patrul Rimpoche devoted the entire latter part of his life to teaching whoever came to listen, giving empowerments or meditation instructions to all who were devout and sincere. During this period, Patrul Rimpoche gave teachings on the ngondro of Longchen Nyingtik no less than twenty-five times, as well as teachings on tsalung practice and Dzogpachenpo. Another of Patrul Rinpoche’s principal teachers was Jigme Gyalwe Nyugu of Dzachukha, the master who was one of the “4 Jigmes”, the foremost students of Jigme Lingpa. Jigme Gyelwai Nyugu was a lineage holder of the Longchen Nyingtik. He was one of Patrul Rinpoche’s main teachers, the inspiration for the latter's famous Words of My Perfect Teacher. He lived most of his life as a hermit in the Dzachuka region of Kham, and trained many of the century’s Longchen Nyingtik masters. Jigme Gyalwei Nyugu’s foremost disciples included Patrul Rinpoche, Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Gyalse Shenpen Thay. Jigme Lingpa was the illustrious disciple of Longchenpa through a series of visions and Longchenpa was the notable student of Rigdzin Kumaradza. Kumaradza carried lineage from Melong Dorje and the Third Karmapa Rangjung Dorje. Longchenpa and Rangjung Dorje shared a particularly close relationship since they both counted Kumaradza as one of their root teachers and studied together. The Karmapa Rangjung Dorje is responsible for introducing Dzogchen vocabulary into the Mahamudra tradition. Melong Dorje was the lineage successor of Trulshik Senge Gyaba who was the heart disciple of Guru Jober. Guru Jober was the nephew and main disciple of Drupchen Khepa Nyima Bum who carried lineage from his father Zhangton Tashi Dorje and Guru Shyangtön Tashi Dorje who both were the heart disciples of Chetsün Sengé Wangchuk who received lineage from Dangma Lhundrup Gyaltsen and attained rainbow body, vanishing into the sky in a cloud of rainbow light at death. Dangma Lhundrup Gyaltsen, who received lineage in one-to-one transmission from Drom Rinchen Bar, who received lineage from the teacher Be Lodro Wangchuk, was granted the complete, uninterrupted transmission of authentic pith instructions from India and Tibet, with nothing left out, like one vase being filled from another. Be Lodro Wangchuk was one of the early Tibetan Dzogchen masters who received lineage and rainbow body of great transference from Nyang Tindzin Zangpo. Nyang Tingdzin Zangpo was one of the five Tibetan disciples who received Dzogchenpo from Vimalamitra in strictest secrecy in the room known as Ütsé Barkhang in Samye Monastery. He was the only one of the five to receive oral lineage of the Instruction Set. Tingdzin Sangpo of Nyang was the first Tibetan to accomplish the attainment of dissolving into a rainbow body of light at death. Vimalamitra/Mahavajra was a great Indian master who brought Dzogchen to Tibet holding lineage from Sri Simha with the ‘Seventeen Dzogchen Tantras’ conferred by Sri Simha. When Sri Simha passed away and dissolved into a body of light, he bestowed his testament ‘Seven Nails’, Zerbu Dün, on Jnanasutra . He too left this world by disappearing into a sphere of light, leaving his disciple Vimalamitra his own testament ‘Four Means of Abiding’, Shyak Tab Shyipa. Padmasambhava was the heart son of Sri Simha who carried Dzogchen lineage to Tibet and is considered by adherents as a second Buddha. Sri Simha conferred the Seventeen Dzogchen Tantras to Padmasambhava. Sri Simha was a principal disciple and dharma-son of Manjusrimitra in the Dzogchen lineage. Padmasambhava came to Tibet from India in the early eighth century CE and also received the transmission of the Dzogchen tantras directly from Garab Dorje's wisdom form. Manjusrimitra was the chief disciple and carried lineage from Garab Dorje. Garab Dorje received the Dzogchen lineage in mind-to-mind transmission from Vajrasattva and Vajrapani, the Five Buddha Families, and Samantabhadra and Samantabhadri, thus Dzogchen is carried unbroken to this very day.