The Treasury of Lives




Historical Period

Recent Biographies

Norzang Gyatso was an early master of the Geluk Lamrim teachings. The author of several famous books on diverse topics, including Mahāmudrā and Kālacakra, he was a teacher of the Second Dalai Lama.

Taktsang Lotsāwa Sherab Rinchen was a polymath scholar-monk of the Sakya tradition. Active during a great period of classical scholarship and translation, he was a prolific commentator on a wide range of topics, with special focus on medicine, poetry, Vinaya, and Kālacakra. He is said to have had an encyclopedic knowledge of not only the five topics of monastic study -- Vinaya, Abhidharma, Pramāṇa, Madhyamaka, and Prajñāparamitā -- but also the five major fields of traditional learning -- grammar, art, medicine, logic, and the inner science. However, he is perhaps best known for his critique of Tsongkhapa's interpretation of Madhyamaka in his philosophical treatise, Knowing All Philosophical Systems, which generated centuries of often polemical Geluk-Sakyapa debate.

Drubwang Yungdrung Puntsok was the twenty-eighth holder of the Atri lineage of Bon Dzogchen. A native of the Derge region of Kham, he was primarily based at Tarde Hermitage, where he briefly taught Jamgon Kongtrul