The Potala Palace, named after the mountain home of the bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara, looms high above the city of Lhasa on Marpori to the northwest of the Jokhang.Learn More
Among the many masters said to have practiced at these sites, Padmasambhava and his consort Yeshe Tsogyel are frequently associated with the nearby caves.Learn More
The Ra and Dro Kālacakra lineages were absorbed by the dominant religious traditions of Tibet, particularly the Sakya and Geluk, yet some historical figures are best understood as Kālacakra masters above any other affiliation they might have had.Read Bios
Lha Lama Yeshe O was a tenth-century king of Guge in western Tibet. He famously built Toling Temple, sent young Tibetans such as Rinchen Zangpo to train in India, and invited Atiśa to Tibet, all in order to revitalize monastic Buddhism in Tibet following the period of fragmentation.
Khordong Terchen Nuden Dorje was a prominent Nyingma master of the Northern Treasures tradition in Golok during the nineteenth century. He served as the head of his family's monastery, Khordong, in Golok, and revealed multiple scriptural treasures. Nuden Dorje passed away in the ninth month of the wood-bird year, 1864. His subsequent incarnations include: Drodul Lingpa, who died in infancy, then Kelden Lingpa who lived to be thirty-seven years old, and most recently Chimed Rigdzin Rinpoche, commonly known as "C. R. Lama."
Depa Trinle Gyatso, also known as Jaisang Depa, was born in the U province of Tibet around the beginning of the seventeenth century. He was also known as Drongmene meaning the person from Drongme village. A monk of the Geluk tradition, he served as close personal attendant to Lobzang Gyatso, the Fifth Dalai Lama, from his early childhood, eventually becoming his senior Personal Assistant from 1632 to 1660. In 1660 he was appointed as Desi (Depa, Sakyong or Regent), the de facto Ruler of Tibet. He succeeded the disgraced Depa Norbu in this post and retained it until his death in 1668. The famous Desi Sanggye Gyatso was his nephew.
According to legend, Nangsa Wobum was a Tibetan woman from the 11th or 12th century. Married to a prince of Rinang, she later left her family life to be ordained as a nun. One of the most famous deloks -- a person who returned from the dead to teach the living -- Nangsa has become a heroine of classic Tibetan opera.
Tamdrin Wangmo was a princess of the Derge kingdom, a principality in Kham. She was the only daughter of the sixteenth Derge King Sawang Zangpo and Queen Tsewang Lhamo. Her older brother Tsewang Dorje Rigdzin, the seventeenth King of Derge, wrote the royal chronicle entitled A Genealogy of the Kings of Derge. Tamdrin Wangmo became a nun. There is very little information about her in the historical record but enough to suggest that she helped her brother rule the kingdom.
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The TBRC RID number refers to the unique ID assigned by the Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center (TBRC.org) to each historical figure in their database of Tibetan literature.