The Treasury of Lives

A Biographical Encyclopedia of Tibet, Inner Asia, and the Himalaya

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Orgyen Dongak Chokyi Nyima, the Third Karma Kuchen, served as the third throne holder of Dartang Monastery and also the eighth throne holder of Pelyul Monastery.

Yeshe Tendzin

b.mid 18th cent. - d.early 19th cent.

Tokden Yeshe Tendzin, who lived during the eighteenth century, was the twenty-seventh lineage holder of the Bon Atri Dzogchen teachings. He was a disciple of Kundrol Drakpa and a teacher to Drubwang Yungdrung Puntsok.

Trewo Alu

b.late 12th cent. - d.mid 13th cent.

Trewo Alu was the first secular ruler of Nangchen, the father to the first Nangchen king Chokyi Gyeltsen. He migrated from Trewo Rabkha in Kandze to upper Kham.

Repa Karpo

b.1198 - d.1262
TBRC P5137

Repa Karpo was the principal disciple of Tishri Repa Sherab Sengge. The Mongolian Prince Godan appointed him religious leader of Nangchen, alongside Trewo Alu, who was appointed secular ruler.


b.early 7th cent. - d.late 7th cent.

Semarkar was the younger sister of Songtsen Gampo, the famous Pugyel king who unified Tibet in the seventh century. As the Yarlung Pugyel dynasty was expanding its territory, Semarkar made a political marriage with Ligmyihya, the King of Zhangzhung, and went to live in Zhangzhung to rule with her husband. When the marriage failed, Songtsen invaded and conquered Zhangzhung.