The Treasury of Lives

The Gangteng incarnations are Bhutanese line with its seat at Gangteng Monastery, a Nyingma monastery of the Pema Lingpa tradition. The line was established in the mid-seventeenth century when the Second Gangteng, Tendzin Lekpai Dondrub  was recognized as the reincarnation of terton Pema Lingpa's grandson Gyelse Pema Trinle, subsequently known as the First Gangteng. Gyelse Pema Trinle was the lineage holder of Pema Lingpa in terms of his 'activity' and established Gangteng monastery in the late sixteenth century.



The Seventh Gangteng Tulku, Orgyen Tenpai Nyinje, twice renovated the seat of his incarnation line, Gangteng Monastery, and established four meditation hermitages connected to it. The Gangten Tulku are also known as the Peling Gyelse.

The Eighth Peling Gyelse, also known as the Gangteng Tulku, Orgyen Trinle Dorje, the nephew of his previous incarnation, was a student of the Ninth Peling Sungtrul, Tendzin Chokyi Gyeltsen. He constructed Guru Lhakhang in Thimphu.