Shechen Gyaltsab

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Shechen Gyaltsab (1871–1926) was a principal lineageholder of Tibetan Buddhism. As an ecumenical, he studied with Nyingma and Sarma schools.

Nomenclature and etymology[edit]

Shechen Gyaltsab's full name was Shechen Gyaltsab Gyurme Pema Namgyal.

Birth and youth[edit]

Shechen Gyaltsab was born at Dzokyi Tsolung within the region of Lhatok and Derge.

Alak Zenkar Rinpoche states that Shechen Gyaltsab:

From his own uncle, Pema Wangchen—or Kyi Yang as he was widely known—he learned how to read and received teachings on the common sciences, including The Mirror of Poetics,[1] the three systems of Sanskrit grammar (known as Kalapa, Chandrapa and Sarasvata), The Treasure Mine of Composition,[2] the major texts of the ‘white’ and ‘black’ astrological traditions and so on.[3]

Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo recognised him as a tulku, the reincarnation of Orgyen Rangjung Dorje and he was installed as the fourth regent (Tibetan: "Gyaltsab") of Shechen Tennyi Dargye Ling monastery.[3]

Later years[edit]

From Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, he received empowerments and instructions on the practices of Vajrakilaya.[3]

Shechen Gyaltsab focused upon the phases of kye rim (Generation Phase) and dzog rim (Completion Phase) in his sadhana for more than twenty years.[3]

Shechen Gyaltsab traversed the advanced bhumi and realized the sadhana of Clear Light.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Mirror of Poetics (Tibetan: snyan ngag me long; Sanskrit: Kavyadarsha) by the Indian pandit Dandin, c. 6-7th century.
  2. ^ The Treasure Mine of Composition (Tibetan: sdeb sbyor rin chen ‘byung gnas) by Minling Lochen Dharmashri (1654-1718).
  3. ^ a b c d e Zenkar, Alak (undated). The Life of Shechen Gyaltsab Gyurme Pema Namgyal. Source: [1] (accessed: December 2, 2007)


  • Zenkar, Alak (undated). The Life of Shechen Gyaltsab Gyurme Pema Namgyal. Source: [2] (accessed: December 2, 2007)