The Treasury of Lives

The Gonchen Khyentse line, for want of a better name, is the incarnation line that began when Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Wangpo was identified as a reincarnation of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and installed at Dzongsar Monastery. When he died young he was replaced at Dzongsar by Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodro, who had been based at Katok, and his reincarnation, Jamyang Chokyi Wangchuk was moved to Gonchen. He was the uncle and teacher of Namkhai Norbu.



Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo

b.1820 - d.1892

Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo was one of the most prominent lamas of the nineteenth century of any tradition. He is said to have received teachings from over one hundred and fifty lamas of all traditions, including, possibly, Bon, and served as teacher to most of the lamas of Kham in the second half of the nineteenth century. From his seat at Dzongsar Monastery in Derge, a branch of Ngor, he traveled twice to Tibet, and endlessly traversed Kham teaching and performing religious rituals. He famously worked closely with Jamgon Kongtrul and Chokgyur Lingpa, at the center of a religious revival the effects of which are still being felt. He was involved with the creation of Jamgon Kongtrul’s “Five Treasuries” and assisted Chokgyur Lingpa with the production of most of his treasures, authorizing and providing the organization of the revelations. He was a treasure revealer in his own right, included by Jamgon Kongtrul as the last in a list of “five kingly treasure revealers.”