The Treasury of Lives




Ratnākaraśānti was an Indian scholar and tantric adept who lived during the late tenth and early eleventh century. The head of the great Indian monastery Vikramaśīla, he was a teacher to Atiśa, Maitrīpā, Śraddhākaravarman, and Drokmi Śākya Yeshe, among others. Forty of his compositions are included in the Tibetan Tengyur. In his esoteric works he sought to explain tantric practice from a Yogācāra interpretation of the Perfection of Wisdom literature.

Khenchen Dazer was a prominent twentieth-century master of the Northern Treasure tradition. A disciple of Botrul Rinpoche, he traveled widely in Tibet and India, teaching at Namdroling and in Bhutan and Sikkim.


Khenchen Choying Khyabdel was a twentieth-century Nyingma monk in Kham, primarily in the Northern Treasures tradition of Dorje Drak and its branches.

Pema Tekchok Loden was a twentieth-century Nyingma master from Kham. He was educated at Śrī Siṃha College at Dzogchen Monastery, where he served as the twentieth abbot, from 1904 to 1912. He spent the last four decades of his life in retreat in a cave above Dzogchen.


b.early 12th cent. - d.late 12th cent.
TBRC P3203

The Indian pandit Niṣkalaṅka was an Indian Buddhist teacher in the later transmission period. He is credited with several translations into Tibetan and is credited with composing The Glorious Treatise on the Release from Bondage, which serves as an Indian-language source for Mahāmudrā teachings.