keeping the sacred sacred


  The 1st Reting Rinpoche: NGAWANG CHOKDEN (1677-1751)  
1677 takes birth at Jentsa Karmo Puk in Do Med   DLAC
1687 enters Chakhyung for studies with his paternal uncle Ngawang Tsultrim   DLAC
1691 goes to Central Tibet where he enters Sera Samlo   DLAC
1696 examinations at Sangphu   DLAC
1701 participates in the Lhasa Monlam debates   DLAC
  takes full ordination and enters Gyudmed for tantric studies   DLAC
1705 becomes Tantric discipline master (Gekoe) at Gyumed   DLAC
  returns to Do Me to visit the monasteries of Chakyung, Kumbum, Konlung and Tsenpo to pledging his continued commitment to the path; erects stupas for his father and mother   DLAC
1710-1717 becomes abbot of Ngari Tholing and restores the thousands of stupas erected by Lochen Rinchen Zangpo   DLAC
1719-1729 throneholder of Gyumed   DLAC
1720 founds monastery at rgyud smad chos thog khang (stag rtse rdzong)   TBRC

becomes the tutor of the 7th Dalai Lama and goes to Karthar

1739 given imperial title of A-chi-thu No-min-han   DLAC
1740 destroys cairn of Dorje Shugden on Jangtse mountain   DRC
1739-1746 54th Throneholder of Dga'-ldan; collects and masters all the lineages of the Kalachakra Tantra that had been gathered and propagated by Lama Tsongkhapa and his disciples   DLAC
1748 makes a gift of the jewel ornament, the gold and silver throne and the cloth covering for the statue of Jowo Lokeshwara, which the 7th Dalai Lama had made, to Chakyung monastery   DLAC
1751 passes away   DLAC
  The 2nd Reting Rinpoche:
1759 takes birth at li thang rdzong   DLAC
1761 requests the anointing ceremony of Virhphotakah from the Lithang abbot Puntsok Gyatso; recognized asreincarnation of the Great Throneholder Dorje Chang Ngawang Chokden; given the name Losang Tendar   DLAC
1765 goes to Central Tibet and occupies the Golden Throne at Reting; takes ordination from Panchen Palden Yeshe; studies under his tutor Trichen Ngawang Choedrak   DLAC
1769 enters the monastic college at Serje to study Valid Cognition, Madhyamaka, Prajnaparamita, Abhidharma, and Vinaya under the tutelage of Choeje Jampa Moenlam   DLAC
1770 granted title of Hutuktu Archimen Nomihan by the Chinese Emperor Emperor Gaozong   Kiciyelfu
1780 given the title of Lharampa Geshe at Serje college; takes full ordination vows from Panchen Palden Yeshe; enters the Palden Lower Tantric college   DLAC
1806 instructed by the Dalai Lama, he stays at Drepung as tutor to Changya Rinpoche; gives give the Shag anthology of explanations and reading transmissions of the essential meaning of the Graded Path to a large assembly of ordained monks at Serje Monastery   DLAC
1815 passes away   DLAC

The 3rd Reting Rinpoche:

1816 takes birth   TBRC
early age requests to be recognized as the Tulku of Losang Yeshe Tenpa Rabgye; enthroned at his seat, takes first ordination, novice and full ordination vows; enters the school for religious study and debate at Serje Monastic College   DLAC
1845 chi'i hran am ban rnam gnyis nas bod kyi las don skor gyi gtan 'bebs don tshan nyer brgyad pa bkod gnang mdzad nas zla ba kha shas rjes su rwa sgreng ho thog thu ngag dbang ye shes tshul khrims bod kyi srid skyong du bskyod/ gong mas 'ja' sa dang tham ka gnang/   TBRC
1845-1856 becomes regent of the Kashag Government and looks after the administration of the country   DLAC
1853 awarded title and seal of Hotuktu   TBRC

the 11th Dalai Lama Gyalwa Khedrub Gyatso takes over the administration of Tibet but passes away suddenly in the same year, whereupon Reting Rinpoche acts as interim regent; gives the 12th Dalai Lama Trinlay Gyatso inauguration and ordination vows

Gorkhas wage war and attack Tibet; Reting Rinpoche forced to grant some special powers such as the permanent permission for a representative of the Nepalese government to stay in Lhasa; expells/demotes Shedra Wangchuk, who had taken the rank of a royal minister




'bras spungs rig gra'i gtong sgo'i skor la dus zing byung nas de lo'i smon lam chen mo bod zla dgu pa'i bar 'gyangs shing/ dga' 'bras drung spyi bcas nas srid skyong rwa sgreng rin po cher ngo rgol sid 'gyur gyi dus zing bslangs stabs byang lam nas sku 'bum brgyud pe cin du phebs dgos byung/ rgyal dbang chos rje 'phrin las rnam rgyal yang dus zing gi nang sku bkrongs/ bka' zur bshad sgra dbang phyug rgyal po srid skyong du bskyod


1862 goes to Beijing, secretly taking with him the seal of the regent, because of the incident known as ‘reducing the expenditures for monastic rites of the Rigdra [i.e. the committee consisting of abbots that governs the monastery as a whole] at Drepung’; Chinese Emperor, King Tungtre influences him to adopt a neutral stance.   DLAC
1863 passes away; Tibetan government hands over his whole estate to Reting monastery   TBRC, DLAC

The 4th Reting Rinpoche:

  The 5th Reting Rinpoche:


1912 takes birth at Dagpo Gyatso Dzong
(Note: Some sources state 1919, which leads to numerous inconsistencies)


early age recognized by 13th Dalai Lama Thudben Gyatso as the Tulku of the Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenpai Gyaltsen and installed on the throne of his seat   DLAC
  enters Serje Monastic College to study Valid Cognition, Madhyamaka, Prajnaparamita, Abhidharma, Vinaya; awarded title of Lharampa Geshe   DLAC
1933 13th Dalai Lama visits Reting monastery and gives Reting Rinpoche his divination manuscript and dice; then passes away   Goldstein

becomes acting regent of the Kashag government and was in charge of the administration of Tibet for seven years; erects memorial stupa for the 13th Dalai Lama Thubden Gyatso

1935 visits Lake Lhamolatso where he has visions that lead to the discovery of the 14th Dalai Lama   Wangdu
1936-37 receives members of the Gould mission to Lhasa. 27th August: official reception; 6th October: regent visits Samye monastery for 6 weeks   Chapman
  offers him the ordination vows; assumes responsibility as his tutor; establishes the office of an Kuomintang representative in Lhasa;   DLAC
  invites Chatral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche to Lhasa and receives many Dzogchen teachings   Lotus
1938-39 asks to be allowed to resign from regency; Kashag asks assistant regent Yashi Langdun to withdraw from office;    
1939 conductes enthronement ceremony and writes long-life prayer for 14th Dalai Lama   Crystal
1940 enemies spread rumours about affair with his sister-in-law; performs ordination ceremony for 14th Dalai Lama  

Xiong Ji


takes leave as acting regent and stays in retreat at Reting Monastery; Taktra is appointed his successor and sutra-instructor to the 14th Dalai Lama


Xiong Ji
1944 returns to Lhasa where Taktra refuses to step down   Goldstein
1947 arrested and imprisoned in Lhasa; murdered on 8th May  




For detailled bibliographical references see References.

Chapman = Chapman, Spencer F. Lhasa the Holy City.

Crystal = Reting Rinpoche. A Crystal Wishing Gem: A Prayer for the Long Life of His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama

DLAC = Jungnay, Kozhul Dragpa, and Gyalwa Lozang Khaydrub (2006). Dictionary of Learned And/Or Accomplished Beings Who Appeared In the Snowy Land

DRC = Dolgyal Research Committee. A Brief History Of Opposition To Shugden

HHDL = Dalai Lama (1990, 1998). Freedom in Exile. The autobiography of His Holiness the Dalai Lama of Tibet.

Kiciyelfu = Kiciyelfu. A Textual Study of The Post and Rank of "Khutukhtu" in Tibetan Buddhism. China Tibetology.; accessed 31st October 2006

Lotus = Light of Lotus. Issue 3. June 2000

TBRC = Tibetan Buddhist Resource Center

Xiong Ji = Xiong Ji. Radreng the regent

Wangdu = Khemey Sonam Wangdu. Discovery of the Dalai Lama



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