The Treasury of Lives

A Biographical Encyclopedia of Tibet, Inner Asia, and the Himalaya

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Trewo Alu

b.late 12th cent. - d.mid 13th cent.

Trewo Alu was the first secular ruler of Nangchen, the father to the first Nangchen king Chokyi Gyeltsen. He migrated from Trewo Rabkha in Kandze to upper Kham.

Repa Karpo

b.1198 - d.1262
TBRC P5137

Repa Karpo was the principal disciple of Tishri Repa Sherab Sengge. The Mongolian Prince Godan appointed him religious leader of Nangchen, alongside Trewo Alu, who was appointed secular ruler.


b.early 7th cent. - d.late 7th cent.

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

b.1511 - d.1577

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

b.late 17th cent. - d.mid 18th cent.
TBRC P4536

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