The Treasury of Lives

The Shechen Rabjam incarnation line was established in the eighteenth century when the Second Shechen Rabjam, Gyurme Kunzang Namgyel was recognized as the reincarnation of Tenpai Gyeltsen, who founded a small monastery called Shechen Orgyen Chodzon. The Second Shechen Rabjam relocated and expanded the monastery to form Shechen Tennyi Dargyeling.



Tenpai Gyeltsen, the First Shechen Rabjam, was a prominent Nyingma teacher, a student of the First Dzogchen Drubwang, Pema Rigdzin. Based in Kham, he first trained in the Sakya and Geluk traditions in U-Tsang, where he was a student and beneficiary of the Fifth Dalai Lama, Ngawang Lobzang Gyatso. He is credited with founding what eventually became Shechen Monastery.

Gyurme Kunzang Namgyel, the Second Shechen Rabjam, was the brother and disciple of the Second Dzogchen Drubwang, Gyurme Tekchok Tendzin. He founded the branch of Shechen Monastery that later grew into one of the six major centers of Nyingma learning in Tibet.

Rigdzin Peljor Gyatso Tubten Nyinje was the Third Shechen Rabjam and a disciple of the Third Dzogchen Drubwang, Ngedon Tendzin Zangpo.

The Fourth Shechen Rabjam, Garwang Chokyi Gyeltsen, was a close disciple of the Fourth Dzogchen Drubwang, Mingyur Namkai Dorje. He is said to have been a treasure revealer who lived the life of a wandering teacher with no permanent residence, but few details of his life are known.

Gyurme Kunzang Tenpai Gyeltsen, the Fifth Shechen Rabjam, was a close disciple of the Fourth Dzogchen Drubwang, Mingyur Namkhai Dorje, and Jamyang Khyentse Wangp.