The Treasury of Lives




Historical Period

Recent Biographies

Depa Trinle Gyatso, also known as Jaisang Depa, was born in the U province of Tibet around the beginning of the seventeenth century. He was also known as Drongmene meaning the person from Drongme village. A monk of the Geluk tradition, he served as close personal attendant to Lobzang Gyatso, the Fifth Dalai Lama, from his early childhood, eventually becoming his senior Personal Assistant from 1632 to 1660. In 1660 he was appointed as Desi (Depa, Sakyong or Regent), the de facto Ruler of Tibet. He succeeded the disgraced Depa Norbu in this post and retained it until his death in 1668. The famous Desi Sanggye Gyatso was his nephew.

According to legend, Nangsa Wobum was a Tibetan woman from the 11th or 12th century. Married to a prince of Rinang, she later left her family life to be ordained as a nun. One of the most famous deloks -- a person who returned from the dead to teach the living -- Nangsa has become a heroine of classic Tibetan opera.

Tamdrin Wangmo was a princess of the Derge kingdom, a principality in Kham. She was the only daughter of the sixteenth Derge King Sawang Zangpo and Queen Tsewang Lhamo. Her older brother Tsewang Dorje Rigdzin, the seventeenth King of Derge, wrote the royal chronicle entitled A Genealogy of the Kings of Derge. Tamdrin Wangmo became a nun. There is very little information about her in the historical record but enough to suggest that she helped her brother rule the kingdom.