“Looks Like Me” Statue of Rigdzin Jigme Lingpa



Rigdzin Jigme Lingpa (1729–1798) is one of the most important tertons in the recent history of Tibet. He discovered the cycle known as Longchen Nyingtig, the Heart Essence teachings of the Vast Expanse and later in his life became known as “Rigdzin” (Skt. Vidyadhara) a title given only to the most accomplished and realized masters. His discovery, the Longchen Nyingthik, is the most famous and widely practiced cycle of Dzogchen teachings in the world today, and has been the focus of the spiritual life of many great masters, including Chatral Senge Dorje Rinpoche, Orgyen Kusum Lingpa, the lineage of Dodrupchens, and Trulshik Rinpoche. Jigme Lingpa himself prompted at least five emanations, including the famous masters Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, and Do Khyentse Yeshe Dorje.

This unique statue of Kunkhyen Jigme Lingpa is based on an image which was completed in 1798, just after Jigme Lingpa’s death. The original is believed to have been made by disciples who actually knew the master, and as such, is said to look exactly like him. These resin statues are 9.75 inches high, 8 inches wide and 4.5 inches deep. They are filled in the traditional way with mantras, relics, ringsel, holy texts, sang substances and so forth, and also contain the various mandalas of the Longchen Nyingtig cycle of termas which Jigme Lingpa revealed. The full text of the Guru Sadhana of Longchenpa, Tigle Gyachen, is among the texts included in the statue.

The inscription at the bottom of the back reads:

I bow at the feet of Rigdzin Jigme Lingpa, who is nondual with the Victorious Ones.

All funds raised through the sale of these images will go to help Chönyi Ling to spread the teachings of the Vajrayana; to bring teachers from Bhutan, Tibet, India and Nepal to teach in the West; to build stupas; to support practitioners in meditation retreat (primarily in Tibet and Kham); and especially to help spread the lineage of the Longchen Nyinthik.