The Treasury of Lives

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

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The Third Khordong Tertrul, Chime Rigdzin Lama, popularly known as C. R. Lama, was a prominent Tibetan scholar, translator, and religious teacher. He was a professor at Visva-Bharati University in West Bengal, and worked with Tucci in Rome. He founded multiple dharma centers in Europe, and a monastery in Siliguri named Khordong Jangter.


Je Barawa Gyeltsen Pelzang was the founder of the Barawa Kagyu, a branch of the Drukpa Kagyu which emerged in the fourteenth century and spread across Tibet and the Himalayan borderlands, including Bhutan and Sikkim. Je Barawa was a venerated teacher and religious leader with political influence in Bhutan. His major work, an exegesis on Buddhism, is entitled A Boat by which One Enters Liberation.

Khamtrul Sherab Mebar

b.1752 - d.1815

Khamtrul Sherab Mebar, also known as Khordong Pema Kunzang Yeshe, was a Nyingma master who served head of the Khordong Monastery in the Golok Sertar area, responsible for the conversion of the monastery to the Northern Treasures tradition. He was the paternal uncle of Khordong Terchen Nuden Dorje.

Lobzang Mingyur Dorje

b.1875 - d.1948

Lobzang Mingyur Dorje, often credited as L.M. Dorje, was a scholar, teacher, and translator. He collaborated on major projects with Indian and Western Tibetologists including Sarat Chandra Das, George Roerich, and W.Y. Evans-Wentz, although his contributions for the most part failed to be acknowledged in print. Trained from childhood at Yiga Choling in Ghum, Darjeeling, he studied with its founder Abbot Sokpo Sherab Gyatso. He was Head Lama of Darjeeling High School, teaching there for thirty years before retiring in 1930. In 1931 he joined the staff of the Urusvati Himalayan Research Institute where he collaborated on numerous projects with George Roerich. In his later years he was a Lecturer in Tibetan at Calcutta University. A second edition of L.M. Dorje's Tibetan Primer was published in 1938 and his Tibetan Reader in three volumes was published in 1969, both by Calcutta University.

The Second Gyeltsab was a disciple of the Seventh Karmapa, regent of Tsurpu Monastery, and the first main teacher of the Eighth Karmapa, whom he identified.