The Treasury of Lives

The Dzogchen Khyentse incarnations have their seat at Dzogchen Monastery in Derge. The First Dzogchen Khyentse, Guru Tsewang was identified as a child by the Fifth Dzogchen Drubwang as the mind-emanation of the famous master Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, one of the most prominent lamas of the nineteenth century and teacher to most of the lamas of Kham in the second half of the nineteenth century.

Timeline

Biographies

Jigme Lingpa

b.1730 - d.1785

Jigme Lingpa was one of the most influential treasure revealers of the Nyingma tradition, best known for his Longchen Nyingtik treasury cycle. Active in in the eighteenth century in the Chonggye region, primarily at Pelri Monastery, and at the Chimpu cave complex above Samye Monastery, he received patronage from the king and queen of Derge, helping to promote Nyingma teachings in that kingdom and training many of the prominent Nyingma lamas from the Kham region, including the First Dodrubchen.

Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo

b.1820 - d.1892

Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo was one of the most prominent lamas of the nineteenth century of any tradition. He is said to have received teachings from over one hundred and fifty lamas of all traditions, including, possibly, Bon, and served as teacher to most of the lamas of Kham in the second half of the nineteenth century. From his seat at Dzongsar Monastery in Derge, a branch of Ngor, he traveled twice to Tibet, and endlessly traversed Kham teaching and performing religious rituals. He famously worked closely with Jamgon Kongtrul and Chokgyur Lingpa, at the center of a religious revival the effects of which are still being felt. He was involved with the creation of Jamgon Kongtrul’s “Five Treasuries” and assisted Chokgyur Lingpa with the production of most of his treasures, authorizing and providing the organization of the revelations. He was a treasure revealer in his own right, included by Jamgon Kongtrul as the last in a list of “five kingly treasure revealers.”

Dzogchen Guru Tsewang, the First Dzogchen Khyentse incarnation based in the Dzogchen Monastery in Kham, was one of five reincarnations of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo.

Dzogchen Zhonnu Lodro was the Second Dzogchen Khyentse incarnation, based in the Dzogchen Monastery in Kham.