The Treasury of Lives




Historical Period

Recent Biographies

Drime Kunga was a fourteenth-century treasure revealer and the founder of a tantric community in Kongpo. He is renowned as one of the "Three Drimes" along with Drime Wozer, i.e., Longchen Rabjampa Drime Wozer, and Drime Lhunpo, a close contemporary. Among the treasure discoveries attributed to him, he was historically most well known for an Avalokiteśvara-centered text cycle, the Mahākaruṇika: Supreme Light of Gnosis. This collection is extant today along with Drime Kunga's biographies of the Indian adept Mitrayogin and Padmasambhava's Tibetan consort, Yeshe Tsogyel.

Ratnākaraśānti was an Indian scholar and tantric adept who lived during the late tenth and early eleventh century. The head of the great Indian monastery Vikramaśīla, he was a teacher to Atiśa, Maitrīpā, Śraddhākaravarman, and Drokmi Śākya Yeshe, among others. Forty of his compositions are included in the Tibetan Tengyur. In his esoteric works he sought to explain tantric practice from a Yogācāra interpretation of the Perfection of Wisdom literature.

Khenchen Dazer was a prominent twentieth-century master of the Northern Treasure tradition. A disciple of Botrul Rinpoche, he traveled widely in Tibet and India, teaching at Namdroling and in Bhutan and Sikkim.