The Treasury of Lives

Rubin Museum of Art

Dorje Drak is a Nyingma monastery on the bank of the Tsangpo river in central Tibet associated with the Northern Treasures tradition. Ngari Panchen Pema Wanggyel stayed there in1540s, at the time it was known as Evaṁ Chokgar. It relocated to its present location in 1632 under the leadership of the Third Dorje Drak Rigdzin Ngakgi Wangpo. The monastery was sacked by the Dzungar army in 1717 and later restored. It is considered one of the six Mother monasteries of the Nyingma tradition.


Akester, Matthew. 2016. Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo's Guide to Central Tibet. Chicago, IL: Serindia Publications, pp. 353-357.

Gyurme Dorje. 2009. Tibet Handbook. Bath: Footprint, pp. 197-198.

Incarnation Lines


The Demoness of Tibet

The Demoness of Tibet is a close copy of a well-known image located in the Tibet Museum in Lhasa. The landscape of Tibet is shown as the mythical demoness of Tibetan legend. Important Buddhist temples and monasteries are located across her body, spanning from the Ngari region in the west to Kham in the east. 


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