The Treasury of Lives

Hugh Richardson, 2006

Reting, in Jang, was founded in 1057 by Dromtonpa as the seat of the Kadampa school. The Seventh Dalai Lama gave Reting to Trichen Ngawang Chokden, the Fifty-first Ganden Tripa, upon his retirement.  Reting became the seat of the Reting incarnation line, which began in the eighteenth century when the Second Reting, Lobzang Yeshe Tenpa Rabgye was recognized as the reincarnation of Ngawang Chokden. The Reting tulkus were one of only a few high-ranking incarnation lines empowered to become regent of Tibet during the absence or minority of the Dalai Lamas.


Akester, Matthew. 2016. Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo's Guide to Central Tibet. Chicago, IL: Serindia Publications, pp. 27-34.

Gyurme Dorje. 2009. Tibet Handbook. Bath: Footprint, pp. 176-177.

Incarnation Lines

Abbots & Officers


2. Second Abbot byang chub rin chen 1065 -
Abbot Gonpawa Wangchuk Gyeltsen 1078 - 1083


The Demoness of Tibet

The Demoness of Tibet is a close copy of a well-known image located in the Tibet Museum in Lhasa. The landscape of Tibet is shown as the mythical demoness of Tibetan legend. Important Buddhist temples and monasteries are located across her body, spanning from the Ngari region in the west to Kham in the east. 

Scenes from the Life of the Fifth Dalai Lama (1617-1682)

An eighteenth century painting of The Fifth Dalai Lama pictured with major scenes from his life. 


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