The Treasury of Lives




Historical Period

Recent Biographies

Drubtob Pema Trinle was a Nyingma lama who brought the Jangter tradition from Tibet to Ladakh in the seventeenth century. He was an accomplished yogi, who established a meditation hermitage at Pemaling, which later grew into Daktok Monastery.

Gonbujab was an eighteenth-century Mongolian aristocrat who mastered all four major languages of the Qing Empire, namely Manchu, Mongolian, Tibetan, and Chinese. As the director of the Tibetan Language School in Beijing, Gonbujab directed the translation of the Tibetan Buddhist Canon into Chinese and Mongolian. He composed a major history of China, written in Tibetan, and of Mongolia, written in Mongolian. He is also a translator of, among other works, Xuanzang's Journey to the West into Tibetan.

Chennga Lodro Gyeltsen, one of the principal students of Khedrubje, was an early Geluk scholar-adept. He was educated in the classical scholastic curriculum and gained a reputation as a learned scholar at an early age. After his ordination, he received special instructions from Tsongkhapa's close disciple Tokden Jampel Gyatso. He served as abbot of two monasteries for a few years, but spent most of his adult life as a hermit. Although he wrote on a variety of topics, Lodro Gyeltsen is renowned for his extensive writings on Lojong, or Mind-Training, and Lamrim, or the Stages of the Path.