The Treasury of Lives




Pema Tekchok Loden was a twentieth-century Nyingma master from Kham. He was educated at Śrī Siṃha College at Dzogchen Monastery, where he served as the twentieth abbot, from 1904 to 1912. He spent the last four decades of his life in retreat in a cave above Dzogchen.


b.early 12th cent. - d.late 12th cent.
TBRC P3203

The Indian pandit Niṣkalaṅka was an Indian Buddhist teacher in the later transmission period. He is credited with several translations into Tibetan and is credited with composing The Glorious Treatise on the Release from Bondage, which serves as an Indian-language source for Mahāmudrā teachings.

Jangchub Tsemo

b.1303 - d.1380
TBRC P2388

Jangchub Tsemo was a translator of Sanskrit grammatical treatises and Tantric commentaries. A student of Pang Lotsāwa, who was his maternal uncle, he taught grammar and Kālacakra to many of the era's prominent lamas, including Tsongkhapa.


b.mid 12th cent. - d.early 13th cent.
TBRC P7609

Mitrayogin was a highly regarded Indian teacher who flourished in the final days of Buddhism's prominence in India. He was invited to Tibet by his disciple Tropu Lotsāwa and is best known for his tantric collection known as One Hundred Transmissions of Mitra and his Letter to King Candra.

Gyaza Kongjo, or Wencheng Gongzhu, was a Tang Dynasty noblewoman who was married to the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo around the year 641. She is credited with bringing the Jowo Śākyamuni statue housed in the Lhasa Jokhang, and with inspiring the king to build a series of temples across the Tibetan Plateau in order to subjugate the realm and establish Buddhism there. She is considered by some to be an incarnation of White Tārā.