The Treasury of Lives

Riwoche, a major Taklung Kagyu monastery in Kham, was founded in 1276 by Sanggye Won, considered an incarnation of Gampopa. The large three story temple is supported by wooden columns and contains impressive stone walls, and has been described as fortress-like. At one time 2,000-2,500 monks resided at Riwoche, making it one of the largest monasteries in the region. 


Gruschke, Andreas. 2004. The Cultural Monuments of Tibet's Outer Provinces. Volume 1: The TAR part of Kham, Tibetan Autonomous Region. Thailand: White Lotus Press, pp. 49-54.

Gyurme Dorje. 2009. Tibet Handbook. Bath: Footprint, pp. 470-474.

Incarnation Lines

Abbots & Officers


1. First Khenpo Sanggye Onpo Drakpa Pel 1276 - 1296
2. Second Khenpo Choku Orgyen Gonpo -


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