The Treasury of Lives




Dromton Zhonnu Lodro was a thirteenth-century Kadam teacher. According to tradition, he transmitted the Book of Kadam to the ninth abbot of Narthang, Nyima Gyeltsen, who first committed it to writing.

Rigpai Reltri

b.1830 - d.1896
BDRC P7933

Rigpai Reltri was the younger son of Do Khyentse Yeshe Dorje. He was recognized as the reincarnation of Jigme Lingpa's son, Jigme Nyinche Wozer, and became a well-respected guru in Minyak. He was a lineage holder of his father's treasure cycle of The Heart Essence of the Exceeding Secret Ḍākinī, or the Yangsang Khandro Tuktik, containing The Self-Liberation of Fixation, or Dzinpa Rangdrol. He entrusted this lineage to his younger son Do Rinpoche Gyepa Dorje.

Jetsunma Kunga Trinle Wangmo was a yoginī, author, and lineage-holder of the Jonang order of Tibetan Buddhism. As a woman of the Jonang order in seventeenth-century central Tibet, she lived a contemplative life immersed in yogic practice while she wrestled with the real-time political and social unrest of her time. She was a close disciple and secret consort to Tāranātha and a key figure in the transmission of the Zhentong philosophy of emptiness. During the latter period of her life, she was a mentor to the generation of masters who were instrumental in transplanting the Jonangpas from Tsang in central Tibet to Dzamtang on the far eastern frontiers of the plateau after the confiscation of Takten Puntsok Ling Monastery by the Ganden Podrang government.

Doring Sonam Tenzin Peljor Tsering was a Tibetan aristocrat, politician and literatus. He served the Ganden Podrang government as tax collector, cabinet minister, and negotiator in the Tibet-Gorkha wars (1788–1792). During his most important political assignment, the negotiations with the Gorkha representatives, he was captured and taken to Kathmandu. Although the Qing imperial army was sent to free him and settle the Tibet-Gorkha conflict, he was accused of plotting with the Tenth Zhamarpa against the Tibetan government and brought to Beijing for trial. Besides his career in government service, Tenzin Peljor is also credited with the invention of Nangma and Tozhe genres of music as well as the introduction of the Chinese instruments to Tibetan culture. He authored a number of literary works including a novel in Indian kāvya style and his voluminous autobiography The History of the House of Gazhi, Music of Candid Speech.

Pelgon Trinle Rabten was the last king of the Meu kingdom in Ngawa, ruling from about 1930 to 1950. During his tenure Ngawa was prosperous and peaceful, trading widely across western China and the Tibetan Plateau. He participated in the communist administration of Tibet until he was denounced during the Cultural Revolution, after which it appears he committed suicide.