The Treasury of Lives

Collection of Bruno Beger, Schaefer Expedition, Namgyel Institute of Tibetology, Gangtok. In Erschbamer 2014, p. 121.

Kagyu Gonsar is a Barawa monastery in the Chumbi valley. It was established by Drubchok Ngawang Donden either at the end of the seventeenth century or at the beginning of the eighteenth. It was initially a branch monastery of the nearby Tsamdrak Monastery, which had been earlier established by Tenzin Nyida, who was the first reincarnation of Konchok Gyeltsen and the first to bear the title of Kagyu Tulku. As the larger of the two, Kagyu Gonsar became the dominant institution in the area, and became the main seat of the Kagyu Tulku incarnations. In the second half of the nineteenth century the monastery was given the name Ganden Tengye Ling by the Twelfth Dalai Lama, but it remained a Barawa Kagyu monastery.


Erschbamer, Marlene. 2014. "The Monastery bKa' brgyud dgon gsar in the Chumbi Valley: The 'Ba' ra ba bKa' brgyud pa school and its connection with Sikkim."Bulletin of Tibetology, vol. 50, no.1–2, pp. 117-132. 

Erschbamer, Marlene. 2016. "Where the Roads from Tibet, India, and Bhutan Meet: The Monastery bKa' brgyud dgon gsar in the Chumbi Valley." ZAS, vol. 45, pp. 451–466.

Erschbamer, Marlene. 2017. The 'Ba'-ra-ba bKa'-brgyud-pa: Historical and Contemporary Studies. Vienna: WSTB, pp. 188–194.

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