The first in the line of the Ogyen Rinpoches is said to be Dhanasamskrita, born in the Thogar area of Uddiyana: one of the Eight Vidyadharas of India.
Dhanasamskrita received and practiced the Mamo Bötong, the "border" tantra, or "command of mamo" from the Kagye cycle (the Liberating Sorcery of Mother Deities, or Matarah).
The second Ogyen Rinpoche was Palgyi Yeshe: one of the twenty-five disciples of Guru Rinpoche. He was born at Yadrok, in the Drokmi clan, and gained renown for translating the tantra of Mamo Bötong, through which he attained supreme accomplishment.
The third Ogyen Rinpoche is reckoned as Gyalmo Yudra Nyingpo, another of the twenty-five disciples, an eminent translator and scholar, and a personal disciple of Vairochana. He is the main Tibetan recipient of the sem sde tradition of Dzogchen.
According to the biographical notes maintained by the Palyul:
The fourth Ogyen Rinpoche expressed his intentions as the famed Terton Samten Dechen Lingpa.
The fifth Ogyen Rinpoche expressed his intentions as Chima Dechen Lingpa, or the second Dechen Lingpa.
The sixth Ogyen Rinpoche is reckoned as Dudjom Dungral Lingpa.
The seventh Ogyen Rinpoche was known as Kyabdral Dorje.
The eighth Ogyen Rinpoche was known as Dorje Chang Palden Yeshe Zangpo: famed for his complete mastery of the highest stages of Dzogchen.
The enlightened vows and intentions of the previous Ogyen Rinpoches have now come together in the unmistaken incarnation of Dorje Chang Palden Yeshe Zangpo: Tulku Ogyen Gyurmed Wanggyal Rinpoche. He was formally recognized by Kyabje Dudjom Rinpoche in 1978, and enthroned by Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, assisted by Penor Rinpoche, in 1981. He normally resides in India and Canada, but also regularly travels to Taiwan and the United States. He additionally travels to his monasteries in Tibet, which are located in Kham.
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