The Treasury of Lives

The Pawo incarnation line began with the fifteenth century Chowang Lhundrub, posthumously identified as the First Pawo. The Second Pawo, Tsuklak Trengwa, was a prominent sixteenth-century Kagyu scholar whose history of the Karma Kagyu tradition, the Chojung Khepai Gaton, or Scholar's Feast, is still read today. He was based at Sekhar Gutok monastery, at the time a Kagyu monastery, which became one of the seats of the line, together with Lhalung Monastery. After Sekhar Gutok was converted to the Geluk tradition in the seventeenth century, the Fifth Dalai Lama gave the Fifth Pawo, Tsuklak Trinle Gyatso Nenang Monastery, which he had confiscated from the Seventh Zhamar. Since that time the incarnation line has also been known as the Nenang Pawo.

Timeline

Biographies

The First Pawo, Chowang Lhundrub

b.1440/1455 - d.1503

Chowang Lhundrub, posthumously identified as the First Pawo, was a disciple of the Seventh Karmapa. He restored the temple at Sekhar Gutok, the site of Milarepa's tower, and made it the base for his religious activities.

The Second Pawo Tsuklak Trengwa was a prominent sixteenth-century Kagyu scholar whose best known composition was the Chojung Khepai Gaton, or Scholars Feast, a history of the Karma Kagyu tradition. He was a disciple of the Eighth Karmapa, the Fourth Zhamar, Dakpo Chokle Namgyel and other Kagyu lamas. He supervised the cremation the Eighth Karmapa, enthroned the Fifth Zhamar and also later organized the enthronement of the Ninth Karmapa.

The Third Pawo, Tsuklak Gyatso

b.1567 - d.1630/1633

The Third Pawo, Tsuklak Gyatso, was a disciple of the Ninth Karmapa.