The Treasury of Lives

Matthew Pistono

Khamshe Dargye Ling is the monastic college of Dzongsar Monastery in Derge. It was established in 1918 by Zhenpen Chokyi Nangwa, under the encouragement of Khyentse Chokyi Lodro, and is famous for its ecumenical educational system. There are variant lists of the first nine abbots. Following Jackson, we take that of Lodro Puntsok to be correct. 


Gyurme Dorje. 2009. Tibet Handbook. Bath: Footprint, p. 583. 

Blo gros phun tshogs. 1992. “Khams bye bshad grwaʼi lo rgyus mdo tsam brjod pa.” In Krung goʼi bod kyi shes rig, vol. 18, pp. 122–34. Beijing: Krung goʼi bod kyi shes rig dus deb khang. 

Dhongthog Rinpoche. 1974. Ma bcos dngos 'brel brjod pa dus kyi sbrang char. New Delhi, T. D. Dhongthog Rinpoche, p. 61. 

Bstan 'dzin lung rtogs nyi ma. 2004. Snga 'gyur rdzogs chen chos 'byung chen mo. Beijing: Krung go'i bod rig pa dpe skrun khang. BDRC W27401, p. 310. 

Jackson, David. 2003. Saint in Seattle: The Life of the Tibetan Mystic Dezhung Rinpoche. Boston: Wisdom Publications, p. 593. 

Abbots & Officers


1. First Abbot Khenpo Zhenga Zhenpen Chokyi Nangwa 1918 - 1920
2. Second Abbot Chokyi Wozer 1920 - 1929
3. Third Abbot 'jam dbyangs chos kyi rgyal mtshan 1929 - 1930
4. Fourth Abbot blo gros rgyal mtshan 1930 - 1935
5. Fifth Abbot Dezhung Chopel Jamyang Kunga Namgyel 1935 - 1940
6. Sixth Abbot Rinchen Dorje 1940 - 1943
7. Seventh Abbot Tubten Gyeltsen 1943 - 1950
8. Eighth Abbot Damcho Wozer 1951 - 1955
9. Ninth Abbot Khyenrab Sengge 1956 - 1958


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