The April 26th earthquake in Nepal has killed thousands of people and devastated its natural and built environment. People looking for ways to help will find links to organzations involved in the relief effort here. Nepal is an ancient and vibrant nation; it is damaged, but it will heal. It has long been both a center of Himalayan culture and a crossroads of Asia. The Treasury of Lives has scores of biographies of men and women who spent time in Nepal, a list of which is here. (image credit: Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters)
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Dharmapālarakṣita was the ninth Sakya Tridzin, on the throne 1281 to 1287. He also spent five years at the Imperial Palace in China, serving as the Imperial Preceptor of the Yuan Emperor Khubilai. He died on his return journey from China at the young age of twenty.
Rinchen Gyeltsen, the eighth Sakya Tridzin, was the brother of Pakpa Lodro Gyeltsen. He held the throne from 1267 to 1275, while his brother was in Beijing. Prior to becoming Sakya Tridzin he served as chaplain to the Yuan Emperor Khubilai, and after his brother returned to Sakya he occupied the office of Imperial Preceptor.
The Eleventh Sakya Tridzin, Zangpo Pel, on the throne from 1298 to 1324. Initially a resident in the court of Khubilai, he was banished for an unknown reason and rehabilitated only when his tenuous membership to the Khon clan was required for the continuity of the line following the death of the Ninth Sakya Tridzin. Zangpo Pel had fifteen children, several of whom served in high office at Sakya and Beijing. His heirs divided Sakya into the four labrang, or dynastic houses: Zhitok, Lhakhang, Rinchen Gang, and Ducho.
Kunga Wangchuk, the Nineteenth Sakya Tridzin, was the son of the Seventeenth Sakya Tridzin, Lodro Gyeltsen. He occupied the throne from 1442 to 1462.
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The TBRC RID number refers to the unique ID assigned by the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center (TBRC.org) to each historical figure in their database of Tibetan literature.