The Treasury of Lives

Photo Courtesy of Tibet Heritage Fund

Tengyeling, the seat of the Demo or Tengyeling incarnation line, was founded by the Sixth Demo Ngawang Jampel Delek Gyatso sometime between 1762 and 1763. It was one of the most important of the regency seats in Lhasa, providing three regents of Tibet. Tengyeling's regency status was stripped in the early twentieth century by the Tibetan government after the Ninth Demo was discovered to have taken part in a plot to kill the Thirteenth Dalai Lama. Closed in 1959, the monastery's compound was converted to housing. In 1983, restoration of the Tseumar Chapel began; it is affiliated with Samye. Historically, Tengyeling also maintained links with Drepung Monastery.


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Alexander, André. 2005. The Temples of Lhasa: Tibetan Buddhist Architecture from the 7th to the 21st Centuries. Chicago: Serindia Publications, pp. 208-221.

Incarnation Lines


The Potala Palace and the Main Monuments of Lhasa

This painting shows major sites of Lhasa including the Jokhang, Potala Palace and Lukhang. The monasteries of Sera, Drepung, and Sangpu Neutok are also pictured. It is possible that the image depicts activities during Losar festivities.



Perspective Drawing of Lhasa

This drawing shows Lhasa before 1950 from an elevated perspective. The highly detailed representation shows many major monasteries and landmarks of Lhasa.


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