The Treasury of Lives

The Samding Dorje Pakmo is a long, powerful and influential female incarnation line. The line dates from the fifteenth century and has its seat at Samding monastery in Yardrok, established by the Second Dorje Pakmo. The first Dorje Pakmo was Chokyi Dronma, the daughter of a royal family from Gungtang, and one of the few women historically to receive full ordination and start an incarnation line. Chokyi Dronma's companion Delek Chodren located her rebirth in the person of Kunga Zangmo, born in eastern Kongpo, thus initiating the incarnation line.



Chokyi Dronma, the First Samding Dorje Pakmo, was one of the few Tibetan women historically to receive full monastic ordination and to spawn an incarnation line. The daughter of a royal family in Gungtang, she married and had a child before becoming a nun and disciple of the great masters Bodong Chokle Namgyel and Tangtong Gyelpo, who identified her during her life as an incarnation of the deity Vajravārahī.

བསམ་སྡིངས་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཕག་མོ་སྐུ་ཕྲེང་གཉིས་པ་ཀུན་དགའ་བཟང་མོ་ནི་ཆོས་ཀྱི་སྒྲོན་མེའི་སྤྲུལ་སྐུར་ངོས་བཟུང་སྟེ་བསམ་སྡིངས་རྡོ་རྗེ་ཕག་མོ་སྐུ་ཕྲེང་གཉིས་པའི་མཚན་ཐོབ། ཁོང་གིས་ཡར་འབྲོག་དཔོན་རིགས་ཀྱི་རྒྱབ་སྐྱོར་ལ་བརྟེན་ནས་བསམ་སྡིངས་དགོན་རྙིང་བསྐྱར་བཞེངས་མཛད་པས། དེ་ཉིད་ཁོང་གི་སྐུ་ཕྲེང་རིམ་བྱོན་གྱི་གདན་སར་གྱུར་པ་རེད།