The Treasury of Lives

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Bamda Gelek

b.1844 - d.1904
TBRC P4799

Bamda Gelek, whose given name was Tubten Gelek Gyatso, was one of the greatest scholar-practitioners of the Jonang tradition. Based largely at Dzamtang, he was considered the reincarnation of various masters, including the Indian saint Candrakīrti, the siddha Nāropa, and two famous early Jonang lamas, Tāranātha and Kunga Drolchok. Because of his strong interest in the Geluk tradition, some thought him to also be an incarnation of the great Geluk scholar Jamyang Zhepa. His intellectual prowess and strong devotion to the deity Mañjuśrī, his tutelary deity, led others to surmise that he might be an emanation of the deity himself.

Nyida Sanggye is considered to have been the first in the line of Getse Getok Tulku of Simdha Dzogchen Monastery, a branch of Shechen Monastery.

The Second Getse Getok Tulku, Getse Pema, supervised the design and construction of the current Simdha Dzogchen Monastery, a branch of Shechen in Derge, Kham.

Gyurme Tubten Nyinje was the Fourth Getse Getok of Simda Dzogchen Monastery.

Gyurme Tenpel Chozang was the Third Getse Getok Tulku of Simdha Dzogchen Monastery.