Jentsa Ngakwang Chogden (kcan-tsha ngag-dbang mchog-ldan)
He was born in the Fire-Snake year of the 11th cycle, which is the Western year 1677, in Jentsa Karmo Puk (kcan-thsa dkar-mo phuk), as son of the father Pashi Chakdor Tashi (pha-bzhis phyak-rdor dkra-shis) and the mother Bo Chokyi (sbo mtchog-skyid). He passed away in the Iron-Goat year of the 13th cycle, which is the Western year 1751, in Reting (rwa-skreng).
At the age of 11, he went to Chakyung (bya-khyung) monastery to take ordination from his paternal uncle Ngawang Tsultrim (ngag-dbang tshul-khrims); he became a novice monk (dge-thsul) and trained in recitation and liturgies (chos-spyod).
At the age of 15, he went to Central Tibet (dbus) to enter Sera Samlo (se-ra bsam-blo), where he brought his studies of the five textual groupings of the word of the Buddha [i.e. Valid Cognition, Madhyamaka, Prajnaparamita, Abhidharma, Vinaya] to full completion.
At the age of 20, he participated in debates at Sangpu (ksang-phu) and was given the title of Parchin (phar-phyin) [i.e. one whose view is complete and transcendent].
At the age of 25, he participated in the debates at the great prayer festival at Lhaden (lha-ldan [temple in Lhasa]). He took full ordination from Panchen Losang Yeshe (phan-chen blo-bzang ye-shes) and immediately entered the Tantric section at Me (smad).
At the age of 29 he became the Tantric discipline master (dge-bskod). Then he went to his home country Do Me (mdo-smad) to visit the monasteries of Chakyung (bya-khyung), Kumbum (sku-‘bum), Konlung (dkon-lung) and Tsenpo (btsen-po), pledging his [continued] commitment [to the path]. For his father and mother he erected Stupas of the Eight Sugatas.
|Statue of the first Reting Rinpoche Ngawang Chokden
He went back to Central Tibet (dbus), and at the age of 34 he went to the abbot of Ngari Toling (mnga-ris mtho-lding), where he stayed for seven years to renovate many thousands of stupas erected during the time of Lochen Rinchen Sangpo (lo-chen rin-chen bzang-po).
At the age of 43, he came to the throne of Gyume (rgyud-smad), where he was in charge of teaching and learning for ten years, sustaining the life channel of the Mother-Tantra teachings.
At the age of 52, he was revered as tutor to Gyalwa Kalsang Gyatso (rgyal-ba bskal-bzang rgya-mthso) [i.e. the 7th Dalai Lama]. He went to Karthar (mkar-thar) in Kham (khams) to give many profound dharma teachings of the Sutras and Tantras to the Supreme Conqueror [the Dalai Lama] and was invested as his foremost teacher. He gave Changkya Rolbai Dorje (lcang-skya rol-bai rdo-rje) all the profound Dharmas like pouring from a full vase. The Great Emperor [of China] bestowed upon him the title of Achitu Nominhan (a-chi-thu no-min-han).
At the age of 63, in the Earth-Goat year of the 12th cycle, which is the Western year 1739, holding the Golden Throne of Ganden (dka-ldan) [supreme head of the Gelugpa lineage], he reigned as throneholder for seven years and brought about a particular flourishing of teaching and learning.
At the age of 72, he also made a gift of the jewel ornament, the throne of gold and silver as well as the cloth covering for the speaking statue of Jowo Lokeshwara (jo-bo lo-ke-shwa-ra), which the 7th Supreme Conqueror [i.e. the Dalai Lama] had made, to Chakyung monastery (bya-khyung), where they are today in the Serdung (kser-kdung) house.
When he had brought all these deeds to completion, at the age of 75, he passed into the mind expanse of Dharma. His precious corpse rests to the left of Jowo Jampel Dorje (jo-bo ‘jam-dpal rdo-rje). He was the 54th in the line of those who held the Golden Throne of Ganden (dka-ldan).
From: ko-zhul grags-pa 'byung-gnas dang. rgyal-ba blo-bzang mkhas-grub (2006). gangs-can mkhas-grub rim-byon ming-mdzod. [Jungnay, Kozhul Dragpa, and Gyalwa Lozang Khaydrub (2006). A Dictionary Of Learned And / Or Accomplished Beings Who Appeared In The Snowy Land]. Swayambunath, Nepal: Padma Karpo Translation Committee