The Treasury of Lives

The Dzogchen Ponlop are a Nyingma incarnation line based at Dzogchen monastery in Derge. Namkha Osel, who was posthumously identifiedf as the first in the line, assisted the First Dzogchen Drubwang Pema Rigdzin in establishing Dzogchen Monastery in 1684. The sixth incarnation, Jikdrel Tsewang Dorje, was the brother of the Sixteenth Karmapa.



The First Dzogchen Ponlob, Namkha Wosel, a student of the First Dzogchen Drubwang Pema Rigdzin, was the second abbot of Dzogchen Monastery, which he helped establish in 1684. He also founded Lekgon Sangchen Mindroling Monastery in Dzakok.

Pema Sangngak Tendzin was the Second Dzogchen Ponlob. A somewhat mysterious figure, he lived during a considerable expansion of the monastery.

Namkha Chokyi Gyatso was the Third Dzogchen Ponlob, based in Orgyen Samten Choling in Rudam Valley. He passed away at the age of fifteen.

Jigme Choying Wosel was the Fourth Dzogchen Ponlob. Little is known of his life other than he was a student of the Fourth Dzogchen Drubwang, Mingyur Namkhai Dorje.

Konchok Tenpai Nyima was the Fifth Dzogchen Ponlob based in Orgyen Samten Choling Monastery in Rudam. He passed away at the age of fifteen.

Jikdrel Tsewang Dorje was the Sixth Dzogchen Ponlob. Born in Den, he escaped to Sikkim with his brother, the Sixteenth Karmapa Rangjung Rigpai Dorje.