The Treasury of Lives

A Biographical Encyclopedia of Tibet, Inner Asia, and the Himalaya

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Lama Chimpa Gyatso

b.1922/1923 - d.2011

Lama Chimpa Gyatso was a Mongolian-born Buddhist scholar whose early monastic education began in the Chahar region in present day Inner Mongolia.  He continued his studies at Drepung, where he earned a rabjampa degree. He fled to India in the wake of the Chinese invasion. He worked with prominent Tibetologists George Roerich, Raghu Vira and Lokesh Chandra. He was lecturer and later chair of the Visva-Bharati University Department of Indo-Tibetan Studies. After retirement, he settled in Kalimpong where he continued his research, particularly in traditional medicine.

Gyelpo Zhabdrung was born to the royal family of Padum, the historical capital of Zanskar in Ladakh. He was ordained as a youth and later went to Bhutan where he served as head of Dewachen Monastery. On his return to Ladakh he served as an advisor to King Dekyong Namgyel.

Geshe Ngawang Jungne

b.20th cent. - d.20th cent.

Geshe Ngawang Jungne was a teacher at Likir Monastery in Ladakh. He studied at Drepung Monastery in Lhasa.

Konchok Stanzin Damchos Gyurmed, the Eighth Tokden Rinpoche of Ladakh, lived in the early decades of the twentieth century. His seat was the Drigung Kagyu monastery Phyang

Kachen Lobzang Zotpa was a Geluk monk based at Thikse Monastery in Ladakh. He studied under the Second Pabongkha at Tashilhunpo, where he came to be considered a great scholar. He returned to Ladakh in 1959. He served as general secretary of the Ladakh Buddhist Association and taught widely at Ladakhi and Tibetan communities in India.