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Drigung Til was founded in 1179 by Jikten Gonpo Rinchen Pel in the area where Lama Menyak Gomring had built a hermitage. Drigung Til is the seat of the Drigung Kagyu tradition. It was controlled the by Kyura clan, to which Jikten Gonpo belonged, until the seventeenth century, when leadership transfered to two incarnation lines: the Drigung Chetsang and the Drigung Chungtsang.

 

 

Abbots & Officers

Drigung Monastic Administrator

1. First Drigung Monastic Administrator Dorje Sengge [1179 - ]
2. Second Drigung Monastic Administrator Shākya Rinchen [ - ]
6. Sixth Drigung Monastic Administrator Gompa Choseng [ - ]
 

Throne Holder

1. First Throne Holder Jikten Gonpo Rinchen Pel [1179 - 1217]
2. Second Throne Holder Gurawa Tsultrim Dorje [1217 - 1221]
3. Third Throne Holder Won Sonam Drakpa [1221 - 1235]
4. Fourth Throne Holder Chennga Drakpa Jungne [1235 - 1255]
5. Fifth Throne Holder Chung Dorje Drakpa [1255 - 1278]
6. Sixth Throne Holder Tokkhawa Rinchen Sengge [1278 - 1284]
7. Seventh Throne Holder Tsamchepa Drakpa Sonam [1284 - 1286]
8. Eighth Throne Holder Jonub Dorje Yeshe [1286 - 1293]
9. Ninth Throne Holder Dorje Rinchen [1293 - 1314]
10. Tenth Throne Holder Dorje Gyelpo [1314 - 1350]
11. Eleventh Throne Holder Chokyi Gyelpo [1351 - 1395]
12. Twelfth Throne Holder Dondrub Gyelpo [1395 - 1427]
13. Thirteenth Throne Holder Rinchen Wanggyel [1427 - 1428]
14. Fourteenth Throne Holder rin chen dpal bzang po [1435 - 1469]
15. Fifteenth Throne Holder rin chen chos kyi rgyal mtshan [1469 - 1484]
16. Sixteenth Throne Holder kun dga' rin chen [1484 - 1527]
17. Seventeenth Throne Holder rin chen phun tshogs chos kyi rgyal po [1527 - 1534]
18. Eighteenth Throne Holder rin chen rnam rgyal chos grags rgyal mtshan [1534 - 1565]
19. Nineteenth Throne Holder dpal gyi rgya mtsho [1565 - 1570]
20. Twentieth Throne Holder phyogs las rnam rgyal [1570 - 1579]
21. Twenty-first Throne Holder chos rgyal phun tshogs bkra shis [1579 - 1602]
22. Twenty-second Throne Holder bkra shis phun tshogs [1603 - 1615]
23. Twenty-third Throne Holder dkon mchog rin chen [1615 - 1626]
24. Twenty-fourth Throne Holder Chokyi Drakpa [1626 - 1659]
25. Twenty-fifth Throne Holder Konchok Trinle Zangpo [1661 - 1718]
26. Twenty-sixth Throne Holder don grub chos rgyal [1718 - 1747]
27. Twenty-seventh Throne Holder dkon mchog bstan 'dzin 'gro 'dul [1747 - 1766]
28. Twenty-eighth Throne Holder chos kyi nyi ma [1766 - 1788]
29. Twenty-ninth Throne Holder Tendzin Pemai Gyeltsen [1788 - 1810]
30. Thirtieth Throne Holder bstan 'dzin chos kyi rgyal mtshan [1810 - 1826]
31. Thirty-first Throne Holder chos nyid nor bu [1832 - 1865]
32. Thirty-second Throne Holder thugs rje nyi ma [1865 - 1871]
33. Thirty-third Throne Holder chos kyi blo gros [1871 - 1906]
34. Thirty-fourth Throne Holder zhi ba'i blo gros [1906 - 1943]
35. Thirty-fifth Throne Holder bstan 'dzin chos kyi 'byung gnas [1927 - 1940]

Images

Padmasambhava with Drigung Kagyu Refuge Field

This late eighteenth or early twentieth century Drigung Kagyu painting of Padmasambhava and the Drigung Kagyu refuge field is associated with a terma tradition of Rinchen Puntsok. Drigung Monastery is pictured along the bottom of the painting along with Terdrom on the left edge. A nearby treasure site is shown adjacent to Terdrom.

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