The Treasury of Lives




Historical Period

Recent Biographies

Rigdzin Pelchen Dupa, the reincarnation of Pema Norbu, served as the Ninth throne holder of Pelyul Monastery, from 1908 to his death in 1932. He founded Tosam Norbu Lhunpo College in 1922 and invited Khenpo Ngakchung to serve as its first abbot, taking over the position soon after.

Danzan Ravjaa, popularly known in Mongolia as the Fierce Drunken Lord of the Gobi, was an extraordinary polymath who authored hundreds of spiritual songs in Tibetan and Mongolian. He is remembered for his operetta called the Moon Cuckoo, which was performed throughout Mongolia until the early 20th century and is frequently interpreted as a critique of the Qing colonial presence in Mongolia. He travelled widely throughout Mongolia performing his works, and also founded a Buddhist center at Khamariin Khiid in the Gobi desert. A resurgence of interest in his story and legacy was heralded by the easing of religious restrictions in post-Soviet Mongolia. The end of communism in Mongolia resulted the unearthing of Buddhist texts, artifacts, and artworks that were kept hidden by successive generations of Ravjaa's followers who, since 1992, have worked toward rebuilding the Gobi settlement, contributing to a deeper understanding of religious practice in pre-communist Mongolia.

Zhalu Lotsāwa Chokyong Zangpo was a prominent teacher and translator based at Zhalu and Dratang who has forty-eight translation titles in the Tibetan canon. He wrote and taught extensively on Sanskrit, poetics, Tibetan grammar and tantric practices.