The Treasury of Lives

The original foundation for what became Jonang Monastery, in the Tsang region of western Tibet, was laid by Kunpang Tukje Tsondru, the first master of what came to be known as the Jonang tradition. The founding date is traditionally given as 1294. Dolpopa Sherab Gyeltsen, one of the most important Buddhist masters in Tibetan history and the most important figures connected with the Jonang, expanded the monastery. He also built a Kumbum-style stupa called Tongdrol Chenmo near the monastery. Tāranātha held the abbot chair from 1588 until at least the 1620s when he built a new seat. Associated hermitages are Kyipuk Deden and Khacho Deden.

Abbots & Officers

Throne Holder

1. First Throne Holder Tukje Tsondru [1294 - 1313]
2. Second Throne Holder Jangsem Gyelwa Yeshe [1313 - 1319]
3. Third Throne Holder Yonten Gyatso [1319 - 1326]
4. Fourth Throne Holder Dolpopa Sherab Gyeltsen [1326 - 1339]
5. Fifth Throne Holder Jonang Lotsāwa Lodro Pel [1339 - 1354]
6. Sixth Throne Holder Chokle Namgyel [1361 - 1386]
7. Seventh Throne Holder dkon mchog rgyal mtshan [ - ]
8. Eighth Throne Holder Chokle Namgyel [1361 - 1386]
9. Ninth Throne Holder byang chub seng+ge [ - ]
10. Tenth Throne Holder Nyawon Kunga Pel [ - ]
11. Eleventh Throne Holder rgyal ba jo bzang [ - ]
12. Twelfth Throne Holder chos dpal mgon po [ - ]
13. Thirteenth Throne Holder shes rab bzang po [ - ]
14. Fourteenth Throne Holder Jamyang Konchok Zangpo [ - ]
15. Fifteenth Throne Holder chos dpal bzang po [ - ]
16. Sixteenth Throne Holder dkon mchog rgyal mtshan [ - ]
17. Seventeenth Throne Holder bsod nams rgyal mtshan [ - ]
18. Eighteenth Throne Holder Namkha Chokyong [ - ]
19. Ninteenth Throne Holder Namkha Chokyong [ - ]
20. Twentieth Throne Holder chos skyong rgyal mtshan [ - ]
21. Twenty-first Throne Holder Gorumpa Kunga Lekpa [1516 - ]
22. Twenty-second Throne Holder Orgyen Dzongpa Chokyong Gyeltsen [1517 - 1520]
23. Twenty-third Throne Holder rin chen bkra shis [ - ]
24. Twenty-fourth Throne Holder Kunga Drolchok [1546 - 1565]
25. Twenty-fifth Throne Holder Kunga Pelzang [1566 - 1588]
26. Twenty-sixth Throne Holder Tāranātha [1588 - ]

Biographies

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