#atozchallenge: D is for Dugpa…

05 Apr

Today’s Lynchian episode of the #atozchallenge and the third entry in my B-Z of Twin Peaks is one of the most bizarre, but despite that it’s something that has a solid basis in fact.

A Dugpa, (or Drukpa) from what I understand after a very interesting hour of research, is a 12th century Tibetan guru, scholar or spiritual leader which you might think unlikely for inclusion in a tv show set in Washington State, even given Agent Cooper’s obvious fascination with Tibet.

But in the context of Twin Peaks, the role of the Dugpa is a lot harder to pin down.

They appear to be “magicians” who have forfeited their humanity in order to learn the secrets of the mysterious, possibly supernatural, inter-dimensional White and Black Lodges, from which both good and evil spirits may cross into our reality, sometimes whilst inhabiting mortal bodies.

It’s unclear who the Dugpas might be, or if they are even portrayed as conventional characters, (in so much as any Lynch creations can be considered “conventional”) but Windom Earle is convinced that they could be the key to the all-powerful Black Lodge.

One possible Dugpa sighting is during one of the many strange visions experienced by various characters (although my own personal guru and font of all things Twin Peaks, Christian Hartleben, thinks it unlikely they have any direct influence over events) and it appears like this:

#atozchallenge: D is for Dugpa


Posted by on April 5, 2017 in Blogging, TV, Twin Peaks, Uncategorized


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4 responses to “#atozchallenge: D is for Dugpa…

  1. chrissy50

    April 5, 2017 at 23:50

    I can’t say I remember seeing a Dugpa that looked like that on Twin Peaks. And I would know. 😉 I will say that there is a Twin Peaks bar/restaurant in our very conservative city of Novi, Michigan that attracts men and is served by shirtless men. Hmmmm. One day I might go check it out! “Oh, my gawd, is this a men’s only joint? I must’ve missed that memo! LOL”
    Great blog!

    • dalecooper57

      April 6, 2017 at 05:55

      Thanks, Chris. This is certainly from Twin Peaks and appears in Major Briggs’ vision.
      It’s the only appearance (so far as I can work out) of a “magician” or Dugpa in the series.


    April 5, 2017 at 23:58

    I find it interesting how shows portray things and then I research and find completely different explanations of them. Still, nobody really knows about dugpa…. I never heard of it before…. so make of it what you will. I Think I have watched Twin Peaks, but I don’t remember.

    • dalecooper57

      April 6, 2017 at 06:16

      There is a lot of information on the Drukpa available, they are a well-documented group. Whether or not they are portrayed accurately in Twin Peaks mythology is questionable, but in a place both wonderful and strange, that isn’t surprising.


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