The Treasury of Lives




Historical Period

Recent Biographies

Semarkar was the younger sister of Songtsen Gampo, the famous Pugyel king who unified Tibet in the seventh century. As the Yarlung Pugyel dynasty was expanding its territory, Semarkar made a political marriage with Ligmyihya, the King of Zhangzhung, and went to live in Zhangzhung to rule with her husband. When the marriage failed, Songtsen invaded and conquered Zhangzhung.

Konchok Pendar was a master in the transmission of Tibetan medical teachings. Based in the Sakya region, he was trained by his uncle Konchok Delek of the Gongmen medical lineage and is said to have composed a number of medical works and also trained hundreds of students, among them Burtso Yonten Gyatso.

Ngawang Sanggye Pelzang was a disciple of Desi Sanggye Gyatso. In his youth he received teachings at Mindroling from Lochen Dharmaśrī.