The seventh abbot


The seventh abbot, the great scholar Dosib Thupten Gyaltsen


The great scholar Dosib Thupten Gyaltsen (1901-1971), who served as the seventh throne holder of Dzongsar Khamje abbotship, was born in the Derge region of Kham province. He started to study basic literacy skills form his uncle and at the age of ten, joined Dosib monastery.

Young Dosib studied with a certain Khenpo Apey, who is student of Khenpo Zhenga, and the teacher is very impressed with the intellect of his student.

From an elderly Khenpo Ngawang Damchoe, he received oral transmission of collected works of five founding masters of Sakya, Ngorchen Kunga Zangpo, Kenchok Lhuendrup and empowerments of ‘Collection of Sadhana’ and Lamdre teaching.

He joined and studied at Dzongsar Khamje Shedra for eight years under the tutorship of Onton Khenrab and Jamyang Gyaltsen Rinpoche. At that time young Dosib served a review teacher for two years.

From Jamyang Khyentse Chokyi Lodoe, he received Lamdre for two times, Treasury of instructions, Collections of Sadhana, collected works of Khyentse etc. He returned back to his village at the age of twenty eight and began to serve as the abbot of monsoon retreat at the local monastery there, while in the mean time continuously received teachings, like, oral transmission of Tibetan Buddhist canon and other Vajrayana teaching.

At the age of thirty five, Khenpo started to look after his own monastery, by taking care of both the material support and teaching for the residents. He newly established tantric practices and also developed Vinaya based practices.

At the age of forty-two, Jamyang khyentse Chokyi Lodoe invited him to take the seat of Khamje Shedra’s abbot. He served for eight years as the Khenpo of Khamje Shedra, continuing the teaching legacy of Zhenga Rinpoche and Onten Khenrab Rinpoche.  At the same time he spread the oral transmission of Sakya Kabum, Ngorchen Kabum and Konlhuen Kabum. To great Khyentse Chokyi Lodoe, he offered the reading transmission of Collection of tantra and Ngorchen Kabum and Konlhuen Kabum.

Minyak Damchoe, Dayab Khenseng, Ngawang Chodrak, Khenpo Apey, Dayab Chodhar, Thupten Nyendrak, Thritsho rinchen, Dayab Padam,Pewar Trulku, Dhongthog Trulku, Nyadrak Trulku, Khenpo Kunga Wangchuk are some of his illustrious students.

Dosib Thupten Gyaltsen returned back to his own monastery at the age of fifty and stayed practicing Tantric practices for four years. In the year 1956, due to the political circumstances, he went to India and there with Khyentse Chokyi Lodoe, went around Nepal and India visiting Buddhist holy sites.

In 1958, he went back to Tibet but was not able to go back to Kham and stayed in Lhasa area. He passed away in 1971 on the 6th day of the 6th month of Tibetan calendar. Khenpo was renowned as a embodiment of Lama Gyatso of Neydo Kagyu, and he certainly was heart son of Lama Jamyang khyentse Chokyi Lodoe and Onton Khenrab Rinpoche.


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