The Treasury of Lives

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

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Kunga Zangpo, popularly known as the Madman of U, was one of central Tibet's famous "mad yogis" of the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries. Trained as a monk, he shed his robes for the ornate costume of an Indian siddha and attracted disciples from across central Tibet.

K. Dhondup

b.1952 - d.1995

K. Dhondup was a prominent literary and cultural figure of the Tibetan exile world in the eighties and nineties. Working at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (LTWA) in Dharamsala, he was Managing Editor of the Tibet Journal as well as on the editorial board of Pema Thang, which was possibly the first Tibetan literary journal in English. He wrote three histories of Tibet, of which two were published and the third remained incomplete. An editor, journalist and historian, K. Dhondup also wrote poetry and published a translation of the Sixth Dalai Lama's poetry.

Chonyi Wangmo

b.late 19th cent. - d.mid 20th cent.
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Chonyi Wangmo was a female Taklung Kagyu master active in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She is one of three women collectively known as the "Three Jetsunma."

Dawo Wangmo

b.early 17th cent. - d.late 17th cent.

Dawo Wangmo was a master of the teachings of Terton Dorje Tokme, whom she served as a consort.

Tamdrin Lhamo

b.1923 - d.1979

Tamdrin Lhamo was twentieth-century female Nyingma master from Nyarong. Her father was the treasure revealer Nyakla Jangchub Dorje.