Kagyu Namthar

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Kagyu Namthar (Bka' brgyud pa Biographical Sources)



Note: This file, produced by Dan Martin, Jerusalem, includes primarily tables of contents of some of the main Bka'-brgyud Gser-'phreng collections. It should prove useful for locating biographical information on pre-modern Bka'-brgyud-pa figures.

Source: BDE MCHOG SÑAN BRGYUD BIOGRAPHIES: Reproduction of a collection of rare manuscripts from the Stag sna Monastery in Ladakh. Kargyud Sungrab Nyamso Khang (Darjeeling 1983). Tib C/BQ7669.9/.A2B44/1083.

1) Chos kyi Rje Mnga' bdag Mar pa Lotstsha'i Rnam par Thar pa Gsang ba Mdzod kyi Lde mig. pp. 1-131. COLOPHON: (131.6) mkha' spyod pa dri med dpal ye shes kyis gnod mdzes mkhar gyi sa cha dpal ldan gyi ri bor gus pas bkod pa'o// mangga lam/ This is by the Zhwa dmar II.

2) Rje btsun Rin po che Mi la ras chen gyi Rnam thar. pp. 133-189. Internal Divisions: I) Rigs dang 'brel ba dka' ba spyad pa'i yon tan. II) Ting nge 'dzin dang 'brel ba nyams su myong ba'i yon tan. 2) Rmi lam brdar shar ba'i yon tan [155.6]. 3) Dka' bas gtum mo bde drod ngo 'phrod pa'i yon tan [156.4]. 4) Zas gos kyi 'dun pa rang grol ba'i yon tan [159.6]. 5) Nyams myong bde bar shar ba'i yon tan [168.5]. 6) Rtogs pa lam mkhan du shar ba'i yon tan [169.4]. 7) Snang ba Mthun rkyen du shar ba [170.4]. 9) Chos brgyad rang grol ba'i yon tan [171.7]. 10) Pha ma'i drin lan bsabs pa'i yon tan [172.3]. 11) Lha'i lhar gyur pa'i yon tan [173.4]. 13) Ye shes sgron ma bltams pa'i yon tan [176.5]. ENDING: (188.5) de ltar dgung lo brgyad bcu gya bzhi pa bya'i lo ston zla'i tshes bcu bzhi la nyi ma ri rtse la shar ba'i dus su'o // phyis rje btsun 'das pa'i tshul yod par 'dod pa dang / bde bar mthong ba'i bye brag de lta bu'i snang ba byung ste / de ltar bla ma mkha' spyod du gshegs shing spyod pa mdzad nas rdzu 'phrul sna tshogs stan pas / la las ni bla ma seng ge la chibs nas d‚ ki du ma dang bcas te gshegs par mthong ba ni dbang po rab kyis so // la las bla [189] ma 'da' tshul bstan ste mkha' 'gro ma dpag tu med pa byon nas phyi nang gsang ba'i mchod pa dpag tu med pa bshams // gdung bzhu bas bkra shis pa'i brtags rol mo dang / 'ja' tshon gyi 'od dang / gdugs dang rgyan la sogs pa mchod pa'i by[e] brag dpag tu med pa byung ste // gdung rus thams cad ring bsrel gyi phung por gyur pa nam mkha' la mkha' 'gro mas gdan drangs par mthong ngo // de ltar bla ma chos sku mngon du gyur zhing / longs spyod rdzogs sku shugs la shar bas // sprul sku sna tshogs pas phyogs bcur khyab pas 'gro ba 'dren pa'i 'phrin las rdzogs mdzad do // de dag gis sku gsung thugs lhun gyis grub pa / bla ma mid la chen po'i yon tan rnam thar brda don 'grol byed rdzogs swo // // mangga lam // bha wan tu // rje btsun po dang sku gsung thugs mdzad pa 'phrin las thams cad mnyam par gyur cig // dge'o // // Marginal title: nga.

3. Rje btsun Ras chung pa'i Lo rgyus. pp. 191-243. The internal structure is quite similar to that of Milarepa's (above). Marginal title: ca.

4. Dpal ldan Khyung tshang pa'i Rnam par Thar pa. pp. 245-284. Added note at the end (284.5): gzhan yang rgyal ba khyung tshang pa'i brda med la sogs pa rnams du shes par byas te/ rnam thar gzhan na brda lnga'i sa/ rtsad tsam las/ ga gon dang phug lung du gsungs pa zur du bshad pa byedo // zhus dag

5. Ma cig Ong jo'i Rnam thar Zur tsam. pp. 285-288. Marginal title: ja.

6. Mar ston Tshul khrims 'byung gnas kyi Rnam thar. pp. 289-295. Margin: nya.

7. Slob dpon Ltar sgom gyi Sku Che ba'i Yon tan. pp. 297-303. Margin: ta.

8. Zhang Lo tstsha ba Grub pa dpal bzang po'i Rnam thar. pp. 305-317. Margin: tha. COLOPHON: mtshan brjod par dka' ba'i chos kyi rje zhang lo tstsha ba'i yon tan dang lo rgyus rba'i ban dhe dha ra shrIs sbyar ba rdzogs swo// mangga lam // skye ge'i ban rde chos grags dbang pos lho phyogs spo lta la zhes bya ba'i nags khrod chen por/ rje btsun dmig pa med pa'i thugs rje can rin chen rnam par rgyal ba chen po'i phyag dpe las bshus pa lagso // sems can la phan thogs shing kra shis par gyur cig // //

9. Bla ma Dha ra shrî'i Rnam par Thar pa. pp. 319 332. Margin: da. COLOPHON: Rba'i ban dhe Bsod nams rgyal mtshan gyis bkod pa'o // mangga lam // //

10. Bla ma Dam pa Byang sems Bsod nams rgyal mtshan gyi Rnam thar. pp. 333-344. Margin: na. COLOPHON: Rba ston Rdo rje 'dzin pa Rin chen rgyan gyis yi ger bkod pa ithi // mangga lam // // zhu dge bar gyur cig//

11. Ma cig Kun ldan ras ma'i Lo rgyus. pp. 345-355. Margin: pa.

12. Bla ma Bya btang Bde legs rin chen gyi Rnam thar. pp. 357-372. Margin: pha. COLOPHON (371.7): bla ma'i gsung nas nga'i rnam thar byas [372] kyang yon tan brjod rgyu chen po mi 'dug // dam du yod pa bshad kyang gzhan yid ches pa dka' bas de 'dra mi 'thad gsung // der ri pa bsod nams grags kyis gser gyi mandal phul nas / gzhan rnams kyis kyang yang yang zhus pas // 'o na bla ma gzi brjid pas tshig rdog kha cig pa cig mdzod cig gsung nas gnang ba byin pa lags na'ang / rten yun thung pas rnam par thar pa mtha' dag ni rtogs par ma nus // rags rims tsam cig sbyar ba 'di g.yas ru gye re brag dkar du me mo glang gi lo zla ba dang po'i tshes nyi shu lnga la rdzogs par shakya'i dge slong gzi brjid rgyal mtshan gyis sbyar ba'o // zhus dag mangga lam // //

13. Dpal ldan Bla ma Dam pa 'Gro mgon Gzi brjid pa'i Rnam thar Dri ma Med pa'i Brgyan. pp. 373-401. Margin: ba. COLOPHON (400.6): Bya bral ba rin chen rgya mtshos / 'phar ba'i lo zla ba dang po'i tshes bcu la bris pa 'di re zhig rdzogso// ...(ends 401.4).

14. Bde mchog snyan brgyud lha drug bcu rtsa gnyis kyi mngon par rtogs pa lha bcu gsum ma'i mngon par rtogs pa lha lnga'i mngon par rtogs pa rnamanuscript pp. 403-435. Margin: ma. Set in writing by Rnal 'byor pa Mi bskyod rdo rje.

15. Bde mchog snyan rgyud yab dang 'brel ba dal rgyas pa bsgom pa'i rim pa. 437-462. Margin: tsa By Bla ma Gzi brjid pa.

16. Rdo rje phag mo lha mo bcwa lnga ma'i mngon rtogs [/] rdo rje phag mo lha mo bdun ma'i mngon rtogs [/] rdo rje phag mo lha lnga ma'i mngon rtogs. By Mi bskyod rdo rje (472.1) (475.4) (477.6). pp. 463-477. Margin: tsha.

17. Bde mchog snyan brgyud kyi tshogs kyi 'khor lo rgyas pa dang 'bring dang bsdus pa rnamanuscript Margin: dza. pp. 479-513. END.

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Tshe smon gling Ngag dbang tshul khrims (1721-1791), Slob dpon Chen po Bram ze Mchog sred kyi Rtogs brjod, 11 folios. Grub chen L‚ ba pa'i Rtogs brjod in 15 folios. Rje btsun Te lo pa'i Rtogs brjod, in 31 folios. Rje Phag mo grub pa'i Rtogs brjod, in 17 folios. SBKC, p. 147.

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SOURCE: Che tshang Sprul sku IV Bstan 'dzin padma'i rgyal mtshan (b. 1770), Nges don Bstan pa'i Snying po Mgon po 'Bri gung pa Chen po'i Gdan rabs Chos kyi Byung tshul Gser gyi Phreng ba, Bod ljongs Bod yig Dpe rnying Dpe skrun khang (Lhasa 1989), composed in 1800-1803.


1. bka' babs bzhi. 6 ff.
2. te lo pa. 21.
3. nâ ro pa. 25.
4. mar pa. 32.
5. mi la ras pa. 38.
6. dwags po lha rje. 50.
7. phag mo gru pa rdo rje rgyal po. 58.
8. 'bri gung skyob pa rin chen dpal. 62.
9. (abbot 1) mkhan chen gu ra ba. 105.
10. (abbot 2) dbon ston bsod nams grags pa. 105.
11. (abbot 3) spyan snga grags pa 'byung gnas. 108
12. (4) gcung rdo rje grags pa. 110.
13. (5) thog kha ba rin chen seng ge. 112.
14. (6) mtshams bcad pa grags pa bsod namanuscript 118.
15. (7) jo snubs rdo rje ye shes. 119.
16. (8) rdo rje rin chen. 124.
17. (9) rdo rje rgyal po. 128.
18. (10) chos kyi rgyal po. 131.
19. (11) don grub rgyal po. 139.
20. (12) bdag po wang, =rin chen dbang rgyal. 144.
21. (13) rin chen dpal bzang. 147.
22. (14) rin chen chos rgyan dpal bzang po. 154.
23. gdung rgyud dbang rin chen chos rgyal. 157.
24. (15) kun dga' rin chen dpal bzang po. 162.
25. (16) rin chen phun tshogs chos kyi rgyal po ('di lo tâ ming gong ma yung los wang gi lung las gnang). 185.
26. (17) rin chen rnam rgyal chos kyi grags pa rgyal mtshan dpal bzang po ('di la'ang ming gong mas 'ja' sa shel dam sogs gnang). 203.
27. (18) bsod nams dpal gyi rgya mtsho. 214.
28. (19) phyogs las rnam rgyal. 217.
29. (20) chos rgyal phun tshogs bkra shis. [(1547-1602) Abbot of 'Bri-gung from 1582 to 1602.] 219.
30. (21) bkra shis phun tshogs grags pa rgyal mtshan. 231.
31. (22) dkon mchog rin chen. 240.
32. (23) rig 'dzin chos grags, =dkon mchog phun tshogs ('di skabs dga' ldan pho brang gi srid gzhung tshugs shing 'bri gung bla mas mnan gtad byas skor gyod gzhi byung 'dug). 257.
33. (24) dkon mchog 'phrin las bzang po. 289.
34. (25) dkon mchog 'phrin las don grub ('di'i skabs jun gar gyi dmag dpung bod du 'byor). 304.
35. (26) dkon mchog bstan 'dzin 'gro 'dul. 322.
36. (27) dkon mchog bstan 'dzin chos kyi nyi ma. 331.
37. (28) dkon mchog bstan 'dzin 'phrin las rnam rgyal (b. 1770). 346.

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Stag lung Chos 'byung

SOURCE: Stag lung Zhabs drung Ngag dbang rnam rgyal (1571-1626), Chos 'byung Ngo mtshar Rgya mtsho, composed in 1609. Published under the title: Stag lung Chos 'byung (=Brgyud pa Yid bzhin Nor bu'i Rtogs pa Brjod pa Ngo mtshar Rgya mtsho, Gangs can Rig mdzod series volume 22), Bod ljongs Bod yig Dpe Rnying Dpe skrun khang (Lhasa 1992). [Also published by Sungrab Nyamso Gyunpel Parkhang (Tashijong 1972), in 2 volumes.] Including an appendix by Stag lung Ngag dbang bstan pa'i nyi ma (b. 1788), composed in 1821-1824. Ref.: Detailed outline of contents in CLTWA I, nos. 146-147. THL, p. 173, which says it was composed in 1609. Materials for a History of Tibetan Literature, no. 10836.

I (ka): 'jig rten khams kyi rnam gzhag bstan pa /
A. mchod brjod dang rtsom par dam bca' ba / gzhung don sa bcad bcas bstan pa. 3.
B. 'jig rten khams kyi rnam gzhag bstan pa. 9.
II (kha): ston pa'i mdzad pa bshad pa'i skabs. 17.
III (ga): bka' bsdu dang sku gsung thugs kyi rten ji ltar byung tshul / mchod brjod dang skabs 'di'i gzhung don mdor bstan pa. 29.
A. bka' ji ltar bsdus pa'i lo rgyus mdor bsdus. 29.
B. sku gsung thugs kyi rten ji ltar byung tshul. 33
IV (nga): 'phags yul gyi bstan dang bstan 'dzin gyi byung ba brjod pa. 43.
V (ca): bka' babs bzhi dang mchog gzigs rnam gnyis sogs kyi rnam thar. 55.
VI (cha): bod yul du dam pa'i chos ji ltar dar tshul / mchod brjod dang / dgos pa dang skabs su babs pa'i gzhung don mdor bstan pa. 99.
A. bod kyi sa dod tshul dang / mi'i 'gro ba 'phel zhing yul dod tshul / rgyal phran bcu gnyis sogs rim par byung ba'i lo rgyus mdor bsdus las 'phros pa'i bod rgyal dang po gnya' khri btsan po nas gnam ri srong btsan bar gyi rgyal rabs mdor bsdus. 99.
B. rgyal po srong btsan sgam po'i lo rgyus. 102.
C. gung song dang / mang srong / 'dus srong / khri lde gtsug brtan bcas kyi byung rim lo rgyus mdor bsdus. 114.
D. khri srong lde btsan gyi lo rgyus mdor bsdus. 117.
E. mu ne btsan po dang / khri lde srong btsan / ral pa can / glang dar bcas kyi lo rgyus mdor bsdus. 121.
F. 'od srung dang yum brtan nas rgyal rgyud sa phyogs so sor byung tshul mdor bsdus. 123.
G. bstan pa phyi dar gyi lo rgyus mdor bsdus. 124.
VII (ja): bod yul gyi snying po don gyi bstan 'dzin chen po dag gi rnam thar / mchod brjod. 131.
A. mar pa lo tsâ ba'i rnam thar mdor bsdus. 131.
B. rje btsun mi la ras pa. 145.
C. lha rje sgam po pa. 158.
D. rje phag mo gru pa. 174.
VIII (nya): stag lung bka' brgyud kyi rnam thar rgyas par bshad pa / mchod par brjod cing gzhung don mdor bstan pa. 191.
A. skabs 'di'i gleng gzhi'i tshul du stag lung ya thang rdo rje gdan 'di nyid snying rje padma dkar po las bdag cag gi ston pas ji ltar lung bstan pa'i gnas mchog tu nges pa'i skor. 192.
B. stag lung pa'i sgrub brgyud kyi dang por byon pa chos rje bkra shis dpal gyi rnam thar. 195 rje 'di la nyid dang rtogs pa mnyam pa'i slob ma brgyad / gdam ngag rdzogs par thob pa'i slob ma gsum / thugs kyi sras bzhi / zhu sna mi dgos pa gsum / nye ba'i sras bco brgyad / khyad 'phags mkhas pa rnam gsum bcas slob ma bu chen ji ltar byung tshul dang / de dag las gtso che ba khag gcig gi lo rgyus mdor bsdus las:
1. rtogs pa mnyam pa'i slob ma brgyad dang / de dag gis yul dang gnas so sor tshogs pa bskyangs tshul. 229.
[1] a rgod zhig po'i lo rgyus mdor bsdus. 230.
[2] dzam dza se. 235.
[3] jo ri ras pa. 236.
2. gdam ngag rdzogs par thob pa'i slob ma gsum dang / de dag gis yul dang gnas so sor tshogs pa bskyangs tshul / ras chen 'bom dgon pa'i lo rgyus mdor bsdus bcas bkod pa. 239.
3. thugs kyi sras bzhi las bla ma mu to ba'i lo rgyus mdor bsdus dang de min gsum gyi mtshan tsam smos te bstan pa. 241.
4. zhu sna mi dgos pa'i slob ma gsum dang de dag gis yul dang gnas so sor tshogs pa bskyangs tshul. 243.
5. nye ba'i sras bco brgyad dang / de dag gis yul dang gnas so sor tshogs pa bskyangs pa'am sbas pa'i rnal 'byor gyi tshul du bzhugs tshul. 243.
6. khyad 'phags mkhas grub rnam gsum gyi mtshan tsam smos shing zhal slob thor bur grags pa sum cu so bzhi'i nang tshan bla ma nag pa sogs khag gcig gi rigs dang 'khrungs yul mdor bsdus bkod pa. 244.
C. skyes mchog rin chen mgon po'i (khri thog gnyis pa sku yal rin po che) rnam thar. 248.
D. chos sku sangs rgyas yar byon (3rd abbot, 1203-1272). 269. rje 'di la bu slob grangs las 'das pa byung ba las thugs zin gyi sras bzhi'i nang tshan 'bring kong gnyis kyi lo rgyus mdor bsdus bstan pa las:
1. 'bring ston shâkya rin chen. 289.
2. kong po dar she (dar ma shes rab?). 295.
E. chcos rje bkra shis bla ma (4th abbot). 302. rje 'di'i slob ma'i mchog tu gyur pa gcung bya bral ba chen po'i mdzad pa'i lo rgyus mdor bsdus. 318.
F. mnyam med sangs rgyas dpal bzang (5th abbot). 326.
G. chos rje ratna gu ru (6th abbot). 331. rje 'di la mkhas grub gnyis ldan gyi slob ma ji snyed cig byung ba'i gtso bo zhig gi lo rgyus mdor bsdus dang rigs kyi 'byung khungs tsam bstan pa las:
1. stag lung lo tsâ ba shâkya bzang po. 342.
2. mtshams bla 'o la ba dge 'dun rin chen. 344.
H. sprul sku ratna ka ra (7th abbot). 344. rje 'di'i zhal bum gyi bdud rtsis legs par bskyangs pa ka drug pa rin chen rgyal mtshan dpal bzang po'i mdzad pa'i lo rgyus mdor bsdus. 354.
I. mkhas grub chen po nam mkha' dpal dbyangs (8th abbot). 355.
J. rje btsun bkra shis dpal brtsegs (9th abbot). 365. rje 'di las bka' drin thob pa'i slob ma rtsis las 'das pa byung ba las mkhas grub gnyis ldan gyi skyes bu 'ga' zhig ched du bstan pa. 391.
K. chos rje byang chub rgya mtsho (10th abbot). 395.
L. chos rje bkra shis dpal 'od bzang po. (11th abbot). 408.
M. thams cad mkhyen pa ngag dbang grags pa dpal bzang (12th abbot). 421. skabs de'i mngon par mtho ba'i bstan 'dzin gyi skyes bu rnams kyis rje 'di'i zhabs la ma btud pa med pa las dwags po spyan snga rin po che sogs kyis ji ltar zhabs la gtugs tshul dang / nyid kyi zhal slob gtso bo 'ga' zhig gis bka' brgyud kyi bstan pa la phyag rjes ji ltar bzhag pa'i lo rgyus mdor bsdus. 446.
N. rje bkra shis dpal (not actually counted as an abbot). 459.
O. chos rje rnam rgyal grags pa dpal bzang (13th abbot). 472. rje 'di la slob ma rtsis las 'das pa byung ba las gtso che ba khag gcig gi mtshan tsam bstan pa. 485.
P. chos rje bsod nams ye shes dpal bzang (14th abbot). 487.
Q. rgyal dbang rnam rgyal bkra shis (15th abbot). 500. rje 'di la zhal slob bsam gyis mi khyab pa byung ba las mkhas shing grub pa'i bstan 'dzin gyi skyes bu khag gcig gtso bor bstan zhing / mnyam med rnam rgyal rin chen dpal bzang gi mdzad pa'i lo rgyus mdor bsdus ched du bstan pa. 526.
R. rgyal ba kun dga' bkra shis zhabs (16th abbot). 531. rje 'di las bka' drin thob pa'i slob ma bsam gyis mi khyab pa byung ba las gtso che ba 'ga' zhig rags rim tsam bstan pa. 554.
S. zhabs drung ngag dbang rnam rgyal (17th abbot, and the author of this history). 555.
T. mchog sprul sangs rgyas dbon po sogs chos rgyud la phyag rjes che zhing gdung rgyud rtsod bral du gyur pa'i ma thang ri bo che'i gdan sa'i khri la chos kyi 'khor los bsgyur ba rnam pa bdun gyi mdzad pa'i lo rgyus mdo tsam zur du bstan pa las:
1. mchog sprul sangs rgyas dbon po grags pa dpal 'od zer bzang po. 585. rje 'di'i slob ma sku zhang bsod nams lha sogs phul du byung ba 'ga' zhig gi byung tshul mdor bsdus. 619.
2. chos sku u rgyan mgon po'i rnam thar. 621.
3. mkhas grub rgyal ba'i mtshan can gyi rnam thar. 630. gdung rgyud dri ma med pa la 'khrungs kyang khri thog gi go sar ma phebs pa slob dpon mdzo ra ba gong 'og rnam gnyis kyi mdzad pa mdor bsdus zhar byung du bstan pa. 635.
4. chos rje ratna ka ra'i rnam thar. 636.
5. chos rje grags pa'i mtshan can gyi rnam thar. 642.
6. chos rje mi g.yo mgon po. 646.
7. chos rje mgon po ye shes. 653.
U. chos rje mgon po ye shes tshu gyi gdan rabs mes dbon rnam pa bzhi'i lo rgyus rags bsdus zhar byung dang bcas pa bstan pa las:
1. chos rje 'jig rten dbang phyug gi skor. 657.
2. chos rje padma rgyal po'i skor. 661.
3. drung bsod nams bkra shis (skya bo). 662.
4. chos rje mtsho skyes rdo rje. 665.
mdzad byang (colophon!). 669.
IX (ta): chos 'byung ngo mtshar rgya mtsho las bka' brgyud spyi'i rnam thar rags tsam smos pa / mchod brjod dang brjod bya'i 'phros don. 675.
A. rngog pa'i skabs. 676.
B. mes kyi skabs. 677.
C. mtshur ston gyi skabs. 677.
D. snyan brgyud gnyis kyi skabs. 678.
E. sgam po pa'i gdan rabs kyi skabs. 679.
F. 'bab rom pa'i skabs. 680.
G. karma kam tshang gi skabs. 680.
H. sems khrid kyi skabs. 683.
I. tshal pa'i skabs. 683.
J. gdan sa thel gyi skabs. 684.
K. 'bri gung pa'i skabs. 685.
L. g.ya' bzang pa'i skabs. 686.
M. khro pu ba'i skabs. 686.
N. bar 'brug rwa lung gi gdan sa bka' brgyud kyi skabs. 687.
O. stod 'brug gi skabs. 688.
P. smad 'brug gi skabs. 689.
X (tha): chos brgyud sna tshogs kyi byung ba cha tsam brjod pa/ mchod brjod. 693.
A. dam chos bod du thog mar dar tshul gyi 'phros don mdor bsdus. 693.
B. sgyu 'phrul gtso bor gyur pa'i skabs. 694.
C. mdo'i skabs. 696.
D. sems phyogs kyi skabs. 696.
E. rdo rje zam pa'i skabs. 697.
F. gsang sngags snga 'gyur gyi skabs. 697.
G. gsang sngags gsar ma ji ltar byung ba dang khyad par dpal ldan sa skya pa'i skabs. 699.
H. rgyud sde'i bshad srol ji ltar byung ba'i skabs. 702.
I. bka' gdams gzhung gdams ngag gi skabs. 706.
J. rngog lo brgyud pa dang bcas pa'i skabs. 711.
K. zhi byed kyi skabs. 714.
L. gcod kyi skabs. 715.
M. shangs pa bka' brgyud kyi skabs. 716.
N. zhar byung yul gru gzhan du chos ji ltar dar tshul gyi skabs. 717.
1. li yul. 717.
2. rgya nag snga ma. 718.
3. mi nyag. 720.
4. hor (sog yul). 720.
5. rgya nag phyi ma. 721.
Appendix (kha skong, DA): stag lung bka' brgyud kyi rnam thar rgyas par bshad pa las stag lung a thang rdo rje gdan gyi gdan rabs phyis byon pa dag gi rnam thar kha skong (composed by Ngag dbang bstan pa'i nyi ma, b. 1788). mchod brjod. 725. rtsom par dam bca' ba. 726. gzhung don mdor bstan pa. 727.
A. zhabs drung ngag dbang rnam rgyal gyi sku tshe smad cha'i rnam thar (continuation of the biography of the author). 731. rje 'di la slob ma bsam gyis mi khyab pa byung ba las gtso che ba 'ga' zhig dang dad pa'i sbyin bdag gtso bo rnams kyi mtshan tsam smos pa. 770.
B. mchog sprul bkra shis dpal grub. 772. rje 'di la slob ma'i tshogs dpag tu med pa 'dus pa las gtso bo 'ga' zhig gi skor bstan pa. 806.
C. zhabs drung ngag dbang bkra shis chos rgyal gyi rnam thar. 809.
D. skyabs mgon ngag dbang 'phrin las bstan 'dzin. 815. rje 'di'i zhal lung thob pa'i slob ma'i tog tu thon pa 'ga' zhig gi mtshan tsam dang de dag las 'ga' zhig gi byung ba mdor bsdus kyis bstan pa. 850.
E. mchog sprul bkra shis 'jam dpal rgya mtsho dang yang srid sprul sku ji ltar byon tshul las 'phros pa'i yas mas gdan rabs 'pho 'gyur gyi lo rgyus mdor bsdus. 853.
F. sprul sku bkra shis grags pa ye shes, =chos kyi nyi ma. 866.
G. kun mkhyen 'jigs med go cha, =grags pa chos dbyings lhun grub. 896. mjug byang smon tshig. 909. mdzad byang. 911.
Appendix (Om): rig gnas phyi ma bzhi ji ltar byung tshul mchod brjod dang rtsom par dam bca' ba / ji ltar sngon du bstan pa'i don las 'phros pa'i gleng gzhi. 915.
A. sgra rig pa. 916.
B. tshad ma rig pa. 928.
C. bzo rig pa. 921.
D. gso ba rig pa. 924.
COLOPHON: 929.

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Biography of Ras chung pa: Rje btsun Ras chung Rdo rje grags pa'i rnam thar rnam mkhyen thar lam gsal ba'i me long ye shes snang ba. 240 ff. xylo. composed by Rgod tshang ras pa. See Smith, Catalogue, p. 113-4.

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Source: Mon rtse pa Kun dga' dpal ldan (1408-1475), compiler, Dkar brgyud Gser 'phreng: A Golden Rosary of Lives of Eminent Gurus, Sonam W. Tashigangpa (Leh 1970).
1. KA rgya gar gyi grub thob bka' bzhi'i rnam par thar pa. 2-23.
2. KHA ti lo shes rab bzang po'i rnam par thar pa. 23-46. Ti lo pa.
3. GA mkhas pa nâ ro pan chen gyi rnam par thar pa. 46-83. Na ro pa.
4. NGA sgra sgyur mar pa lo tstsha'i rnam par thar pa. 83-103.
5. CA rje btsun mi la ras pa'i rnam par thar pa. 104-163.
6. CHA rje btsun ras chung rdor grags kyi rnam par thar pa. 165-187.
7. JA chos rgyal dag po rin po che'i rnam par thar pa. 188-221. Sgam po pa bsod nams rin chen. Author: 'bab rom pa dar ma dbang phyug.
8. NYA dags po sgom pa'i rnam thar. 222-229. Biography of dwags po sgom tshul by sna nam brtson 'grus grags pa (i.e., Zhang rin po che).
9. TA bde gshegs phag mo gru pa'i rnam par thar pa. 229-246. Bio of Phag mo gru pa rdo rje rgyal po.
10. THA grub thob gling chen ras pa'i rnam par thar pa. 246-270. Gling ras pa padma rdo rje.
11. DA 'gro mgon gtsang pa rgya ras kyi rnam par thar pa. 270-293. Gtsang pa rgya ras pa ye shes rdo rje. Author: Lo ras Grags pa dbang phyug.
12. NA rgyal ba rgod tshang pa mgon po rdo rje'i rnam par thar pa. 293-352. Author: Sangs rgyas bzang po.
13. PA rje yang dgon pa'i rnam par thar pa. 352-439. Biography of Lha gdong pa rgyal mtshan dpal. Author: Spyan snga rin chen ldan.
14. PHA thugs sras spyan mnga' rin ldan gyi rnam par thar pa. 440-446. spyan snga rin chen ldan. By: la stod pa.
15. BA mkhas grub rin chen dpal bzang gi rnam par thar pa. 447-449. zur phug pa rin chen dpal bzang.
16. BA chos rgyal 'bar ra pa'i rnam par thar pa. 450-482. 'Ba' ra ba rgyal mtshan dpal bzang.
17. MA rje btsun klong chen ras pa rin chen tshul khrims kyi rnam par thar pa yon tan gyi 'phreng ba. 482-498.
18. TSA rje rin po che blo 'khar ba 'khrul zhig kun dga' don grub chen po de nyid kyi sku che ba'i lo rgyus rje mon rtse pa kun dga' dpal ldan gyi mdzad pa zur mtshon tsam. 498-515. Blo mkhar ba kun dga' don grub.
19. TSHA phyi dka' ba spyad tshul gyi lo rgyus. 516-560. autobiography of Mon rtse pa kun dga' dpal ldan.
20. DZA nang nyams myong bla ma yi dam dang mkha' 'gros byin gyis brlabs tshul. 560-574. Biography of Mon rtse pa.
21. WA gsang ba lung stan brda' zur tsam mon rtse pa'i gsang gtram. 574-583. Biography of Mon rtse pa.
22. ZHA rje btsun rin po che mon rtse pa'i bka' chemanuscript 583-592. The will of Mon rtse pa.

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Source: Shangs pa Gser 'phreng: A Golden Rosary of Lives of Masters of the Shangs pa Dkar brgyud pa School, "reproduced from the Dpal spungs tsa 'dra Hermitage edition," Tashi yangphel Tashigangpa (Leh 1970).

1. KA sangs rgyas rdo rje 'chang gi rnam par thar pa. 1-36. Written by rmog lcog pa rin chen brtson 'grus at the behest of bla ma kun bsod.
2. KHA ye shes kyi dâ ki ma ni gu ma'i rnam thar. 37-48. By rmog lcog pa rin chen brtson 'grus.
3. GA ye shes kyi mkha' 'gro ma su kha siddhi zhes pa'am mtshan gzhan bde ba'i dngos grub kyi lo rgyus. 49-58.
4. NGA bla ma khyung po rnal 'byor gyi rnam thar zur tsam. Based on biography by 4 disciples: rtogs ldan zhang sgom chos seng, bla ma rme'u ston pa, rmog lcog pa, nye gnas rin chen rdo rje.
5. CA bla ma rin po che rmog lcog pa'i rnam par thar pa. 145-221.
6. CHA bla ma skyer sgang pa'i rnam par thar pa. 223-273.
7. JA skyer sgang pa'i rnam thar bka' rgya ma. 275-293.
8. NYA bla ma ri gong pa'i rnam par thar pa. 297-333. Autobiography written at behest of dge slong gzhon nu seng ge.
9. TA bla ma chos rje'i rnam par thar pa. 335-391. Autobiography of sangs rgyas ston pa.
10. THA sangs rgyas ston pa'i nang gi rnam thar. 393-400.
11. DA rin po che sangs rgyas ston pa'i rnam thar mya ngan 'das chung ma. 401-420. Account of the death of sangs rgyas ston pa.
12. NA shangs ston pa'i rnam thar. 421-454.
13. PA mkhas grub gtsang ma shangs ston gyi rnam thar. 455-489. By gzhung pa rig rdor (rig 'dzin rdo rje?).
14. PHA mkhas grub chos rje gzhon nu grub kyi rnam thar ngo mtshar ba. 491-548. By dge slong bo dhi pradznyâ (blo gros shes rab).
15. BA mkhas grub chos rje sku 'da' ka'i rnam thar. 549-561.
16. MA bla ma mkhas btsun sangs rgyas rgyal mtshan 'bum gyi rnam thar. 563-604. Based on the autobiographical accounts given to bla ma dbon po ba, slob dpon grub chen, slob dpon 'jam rdor ('jam dpal rdo rje).
17. TSA khyung po tshul khrims mgon po'i rnam thar. 605-615.
18. TSHA ras chen sangs rgyas seng ge'i rnam thar. 617-630.
19. DZA shangs dkar ba rin chen rgyal mtshan gyi rnam thar. 631-639.
20. WA mnyam med chos rje rin po che sangs rgyas dpal bzang gi rnam thar. 641-655.
21. ZHA bla ma rnam bzhi'i rnam thar bsdus pa le tshan. 657-667. a summary from other sources by 'jam dbyangs mkhyen brtse'i dbang po.
22. ZA skad gnyis smra ba'i dbang po lo chen 'gyur med bde chen. 669-670.
23. 'A 'jam mgon grub pa'i dbang po kun dga' grol mchog. 671-673. A summary of the autobiography with supplement by shâkya bstan 'dzin, probably made by 'jam dbyangs mkhyen brtse'i dbang po.
24. RA/YA rje btsun thams cad mkhyen pa tâ ra nâ tha'i dgung lo bzhi pa yan gyi rnam thar mdor bsdus zhig. 673-715. By tsitta'i ming can.
25. A dpal ye shes kyi mgon po phyag drug pa'i chos skor byung tshul dngos grub bdud rtsi'i char 'bebs. 717-748. By târanâtha at behest of sa skyong kun dga' rab brtan dbang rgyal.
26. the colophon. 749.


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Source: Shangs pa Bka' brgyud pa Texts "Collection of rare manuscripts of doctrinal, ritual and biographical works of the Shangs pa Bka' brgyud pa tradition from the monastery Gsang sngags chos gling in Kinaur," Urgyan Dorje (Sumra 1977), in 2 vols.

vol. 1:
35. grub chen khyung po'i rnam thar. 417-465. Evidently a biography of Khyung po rnal 'byor.
36. mkhas grub rgyal mtshan 'bum gyi rnam thar. 467-493.
37. 'jag chung ba'i bla ma byams pa dpal gyi rnam thar. 495-527.
38. ye shes kyi mkha' 'gro ni gu ma'i rnam thar. 529-535.
vol. 2:
1. rang spyod bzang rdog phreng ba zhes bya ba (bsod nams rgyal gyi rnam thar). 1-26.
2. rje btsun grags pa rgyal mtshan pa'i rnam thar gsal byed dngul dkar me long. 27-41.
3. sprul sku smon lam dbang phyug gi rnam par thar pa rin chen gser gyi phreng ba. 43-70.
4. rgyal sras gser gling byams pa'i rnam thar rab mdes nor bu'i phreng ba. 71-95.
5. sangs rgyas ston pa'i nang gi rnam thar zab mo. 97-100.
6. sangs rgyas bston pa'i rnam thar myang ngan 'das tshul. 101-112. sangs rgyas ston pa.
7. bsgrub chen ye shes rdo rje'i rnam thar. 113-124.
8. sangs rgyas ston pa'i rnam thar. 125-161.
9. sangs rgyas gnyans ton gyi rnam thar. 163-178.
10. chos rje shangs ston gyi rnam thar. 179-199.
11. dbon ston skyer sgang pa chen po'i rnam thar. 201-231.
12. grub chen bla ma rmog lcog pa'i rnam thar. 239-279.
13. fragment of a rnam thar or text by khyung po rnal 'byor. 285-289.
14. grub thob gling ras kyi rnam mgur mthong ba don ldan. 291-412. gilng ras pa padma rdo rje.

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Source: Bka' brgyud Gser 'phreng: A golden rosary of lives of eminent Bka' brgyud pa masters, reproduced from a manuscript from Gemur Monastery, Topden Tshering, Tibetan Bonpo Monastic Centre (Dolanji 1975).

vol. 1
pp. 1- . rgyal ba rdo rje 'chang gi rnam thar sogs bka' brgyud se phreng.
29- . rje btsun ti lo'i rnam par thar pa.
137- . dpal nâ ro pa'i rnam par thar pa.

vol. 2
1-277. rnal 'byor gyi dbang phyug bzhad pa rdo rje'i rnam par thar pa. by gtsang smyon in 1488.
279-377. chos kyi rje dpal ldan sgam po chen po'i rnam par thar pa kun khyab snyan pa'i ba dan. written in 1520 by sgam po pa bsod nams lhun grub.


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Source: Bka' brgyud Gser phreng Chen mo: Biographies of Eminent Gurus in the Transmission Lineage of Teachings of the 'Ba' ra Dkar brgyud pa Sect, reproduced from manuscript collections of Gra Sku zhabs Bstan 'dzin nor bu. Ngawang Gyaltsen & Ngawang Lungtok (Dehradun 1970).

vol. 1:
1 (ka) chos sku rdo rje 'chang chen po'i rnam par thar pa rin chen 'od zer. 1-33.
2. (kha) rje btsun ti lo pa'i rnam par thar pa.. 34-73.
3. (ga) rje btsun chen po na ro pa'i rnam par thar pa. 74-148.
4. (nga) sgra bsgyur chen po mar pa'i rnam par thar pa. 149-202.
5. (ca) rje btsun mi la ras pa'i rnam thar mdor bsdus zhig. 203-273.
6. (cha) chos rgyal dags po lha rje'i rnam par thar pa bsdus pa zhig. 274-334.
7. (ja) bde gshegs phag mo gru pa'i rnam par thar pa. 335-364.
8. (nya) grub thob chen po gling chen ras pa padma rdo rje'i rnam par thar pa. 365-411.
9. (ta) chos rje 'gro ba'i mgon po gtsang pa rgyal sras kyi rnam par thar pa. 412-431. gtsang pa rgya ras ye shes rdo rje.
10. (tha) chos rje rgod tshang pa mgon po rdo rje'i rnam par thar pa. 452-543.
11. (da) chos kyi rgyal po rgyal ba yang dgon pa'i rnam par thar pa (phyi nang gsang gsum gyi rnam thar). 544-679.

vol. 2:
1. (na) thugs sras spyan mnga' rin chen ldan gyi rnam par thar pa rin chen mgul rgyan. 1-12.
2. (pa) kun mkhyen zur phug pa'i rnam thar rin po che. 13-20. zur phug pa rin chen dpal bzang.
3. (pha) chos rje rin po che 'ba' ra ba rgyal mtshan dpal bzang po'i rnam thar byin brlabs char bebs. 21-235. biography of 'ba' ra ba rgyal mtshan dpal bzang by Che mchog rdo rje.
4. (ba) thugs sras nam mkha' seng ge'i rnam par thar pa. 236-247. On thugs sras nam mkha' seng ge and othe rdiscs. of 'ba' ra ba.
5. (ma) byang sems chen po kun dga' chos rgyal gyi rnam thar zur tsam zhig. 248-253. biography of kun dga' chos rgyal (1413-1509).
6, (tsa) mkhas grub mon rdzong ras chen gyi rnam par thar pa ngo mtshar nor bu'i phreng ba dad pa'i mig 'byed. 254-393. biography of mon rdzong ras chen zla ba rgyal mtshan (1418-1506). by gsang yum kun tu bzang mo.
7. (tsha) dpal ldan bla ma dam pa sprul sku nam mkha' rgyal mtshan dpal bzang po'i rnam par thar pa dgos 'dod kun 'byung nor bu'i phreng ba. 394-521. Biography of sprul sku nam mkha' rgyal mtshan (1475-1530). by nam mkha' rdo rje (1486-1553).
8. (dza) shâkya'i dge slong rdo rje 'dzin pa chen po nam mkha' rdo rje'i rnam par thar pa ngo mtshar gsal ba'i me long. 522-659. Biography of nam mkha' rdo rje by chos rgyal lhun grub.

vol. 3:
1. thugs sras nam mkha' dpal 'byor gyi rnam thar. biography of nam mkha' dpal 'byor and pha rgod lhun grub rgyal mtshan. 1-22.
2. bya btang nam mkha' rgyal po'i rnam thar. 23-36.
3. bla ma ur phug pa'i rnam thar mdor bsdus. 37-56.
4. dpal ldan bla ma dam pa karma gsal byed kyi rnam thar dad pa' gsal 'debs. Biography of 'ba' ra ba sprul sku karma gsal byed (d. 1658) by 'ba' ra ba sprul sku rin chen bstan pa'i gsal byed (1658-1696).
5. grub thob chen po dkon mchog rgyal mtshan gyis rnam thar mdor bsdus ngo mtshar bdud rtsi'i chu rgyun. Biography of grub mchog dkon mchog rgyal mtshan (1601-1687) by 'ba' ra ba sprul sku rin chen bstan pa'i gsal byed (1658-1696).
6. chos rje 'ba' ra ba sprul sku rin chen bstan pa'i gsal byed kyi rnam thar mu tig 'phreng ba. 142-233.
7. dpal ldan bla ma dam pa rdo rje 'chang blo gros chos 'phel gyi rnam thar rin po che bai durya'i 'od snang. Biography of 'Jam gling pa blo gros chos 'phel (1665-1727?) by 'Ba' ra ba ngag dbang ye shes. 234-272.
8. dpal ldan bla ma rdo rje 'dzin pa blo gros chos 'phel gyi rnam par thar pa mdo tsam du brjod pa dri med bai durya'i 'od snang. Biography of 'Jam gling pa blo gros hos 'phel by chos dbyings rdo rje mi 'gyur nam mkha' tshe dbang 'jigs med rdo rje (1772-1838). This work completed in 1827. 278-378.
9. rje btsun bla ma dam pa rdo rje 'chang kun mkhyen chos rje o rgyan ngag dbang ye shes dpal bzang po'i rnam thar dpag bsam ljon shing. Biography of 'ba' ra ba ngag dbang ye shes by chos dbyings rdo rje mi 'gyur nam mkha' tshe dbang 'jigs med rdo rje. 379-646.

vol. 4:
1. (ha) dpal ldan bla ma dam pa 'jam mgon ngag dbang chos grags rgya mtsho'i rnam thar nyung ngur gsal ba dngul dkar gyi me long. Biography of ngag dbang chos grags rgya mtsho (1722-1768?) by chos dbyings rdo rje, alias Mi 'gyur nam mkha'i tshe dbang 'jigs med bstan 'dzin (177-1838). 1-86.
2. (a) sgrub pa'i dbang phyug bya btang karma dpal ldan gyi rnam par thar pa zla ba'i bdud rtsi. 87-136. biography of bya btang karma dpal ldan (1709-1781). by chos dbyings rdo rje.
3. (ki) rje btsun bla ma dam pa grub mchog ngag dbang chos kyi rgya mtsho'i rnam thar nor bu'i 'od snang. Biography of lho pa ngag dbang chos kyi rgya mtsho (1755-1831) by chos dbyings rdo rje. 137-319.
4. (khi) bya bral rnal 'byor pa rig 'dzin chos dbyings rdo rje'i 'di snang 'khrul pa'i rol rtsed rtogs brjod kyi tshul du gleng ba rma bya dga' ba'i 'brug sgra. Autobiography of chos dbyings rdo rje continued by a disciple. 320-372.


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Bde mchog Mkha' 'gro Snyan rgyud (Ras chung Snyan rgyud), "A Manuscript collection of orally transmitted precepts focussing upon the tutelaries Cakrasamvara and Vajravarahi, Representing the Yig cha compiled by Byang chub bzang po (prob. 16th cent.), Reproduced from a rare manuscript in the library of Apho Rimpoche (N.Delhi 1973). Tib-B/BQ4860/.C354 T5532/1973, vols. 1-2.

Vol. 1
1. KA Zhang lo'i thim yig. Survey of the Snyan rgyud teachings by Zhang Lo tsa ba. 1-5.
2. KHA Brgyud pa yid bzhin nor bu'i rnam par thar pa. 7-312.
a. Ti lo pa. Written by Mar pa for Dar ma mdo sde. 8-28.
b. Nâ ro pa. By Mar pa for Dar ma mdo sde. 29-62.
c. Mar pa Chos kyi blo gros. Attributed to Milarepa. 63-96.
d. Mi la ras pa. Written by Ras chung Rdo rje grags. 125-150.
e. Ras chung Rdo rje grags. By Ra Sher snang ba. 125-50.
f. Khyung tsang pa Ye shes bla ma. By Zhang Lo tsa ba. 151-164.
g. Mar ston Tshul khrims 'byung gnas. By Zhang Lo tsa ba. 165-169.
h. Slob dpon Rtar sgom. Presumably the work of Zhang Lo tsa ba. 170-174.
i. Ma gcig Ong jo. Presumably the work of Zhang Lo tsa ba. 175-176.
j. Zhang Lo tsa ba Grub pa dpal bzang po (d. 1273?). By Rba Bandhe Dha ra shri. 176-186.
k. Rba Dha ra shri. By Rba Bsod nams rgyal mtshan. 187-196.
l. Rba Bsod nams rgyal mtshan. By Rba ston Rin chen rgyal mtshan. 197-206.
m. Ras ma Zhig mo Ye shes kun ldan. By Gzi brjid rgyal mtshan. 207-214.
n. Bya btang ba Bde legs rin chen. Written by Gzi brjid rgyal mtshan in 1277 at G.yas ru Ge re Brag dkar.
o. Ri khrod pa Gzi brjid rgyal mtshan (1230?-1300?). Written by Dus zhabs pa. 226-236.
p. Dus zhabs pa Rin chen rgya mtsho (d. 1340?). By one Bzang po chos grub in 1357? at behest of Bla ma Rin chen chos grags. 237-246.
q. Chos rje Chos grags dpal bzang po. By Mi bskyod rdo rje (?). 247-248.
r. Gnas rnying pa 'Jam pa'i dbyangs. By Rin chen rgyal mtshan (1364-1422. Written by 'Or Bzang dpal at Dben gnas A mi Yol. 249-257.
s. Gnas rnying pa Rgyal mtshan rin chen (1393-1456?). Written by Grags pa rgyal mtshan at the benest of Lho Dgon Gsar kha'i Bla ma Bde legs pa.
t. Kun mkhyen Byams pa gser mchog 'od zer dpal gyi rnam thar gsol 'debs dngos grub rgya mtsho. Devotional verses addressed to Byams pa gser mchog 'od zer dpal (15th cent.). 273-280.
u. Dpal Shar kha Ras chen gyi rnam par thar pa (15th cent.). Written by his disc. Byang chub bzang po at Byang ri Se brag Sgrub gling. 281-291.
v. Grub mchog A nanda da ya (Kun dga' dar po). Written by his disc. Byang chub bzang po at Byang ri Se brag Sgrub gling.


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Bde mchog sñan brgyud Biographies, "Repro. of a collection of rare manuscripts from the Stag sna Monastery in Ladakh. Kargyud Sungrab Nyamso Khang (Darjeeling 1983). Tib-C/BQ7669.9/,A2 B44/1983. L.C. Ass. List 84-900297.

1. chos kyi rje mnga' bdag mar pa lo tstsha'i rnam par thar pa gsang ba mdzod kyi lde mig. By Mkha' spyod pa dri med dpal ye shes (Zhwa dmar II) at Gnod mdzes mkhar gyi sa cha dpal ldan gyi ri bo.
2. incomplete collection of biographies of masters in the transmission lineage of the Ras chung snyan brgyud teachings:
A. NGA rje btsun rin po che MI LA RAS CHEN gyi rnam thar (brda don dgrol byed).
B. CA rje btsun RAS CHUNG PA'i lo rgyus.
C. CHA dpal ldan KHYUNG TSHANG PA'i rnam par thar pa.
D. JA ma gcig 'ONG JO'i rnam thar zur tsam.
E. NYA mar ston TSHUL KHRIMS 'BYUNG GNAS kyi rnam thar (tho yig tsam).
F. TA slob dpon LTAR SGOM gyi sku che ba'i yon tan (=RTA SGOM).
G. THA ZHANG LO TSTSHA BA grub pa dpal bzang po'i rnam thar (=PHUR PA SKYABS).
H. DA bla ma DHA RA SHRI'i rnam par thar pa (=DHA RA SHRI).
I. NA bla ma dam pa byang sems BSOD NAMS RGYAL MTSHAN gyi rnam thar.
J. PA ma gcig KUN LDAN RAS MA'i lo rgyus. (=YE SHES KUN LDAN).
K. PHA bla ma bya btang BDE LEGS RIN CHEN gyi rnam thar. (=DGE LEGS RIN CHEN).
L. BA dpal ldan bla ma dam pa 'gro mgon GZI BRJID PA'i rnam thar dri ma med pa'i rgyan.


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Source: The Collected Writings (Gsung 'bum) of the Second Zhwa dmar Mkha' spyod dbang po "reproduced from an incompl. manuscript preserved in the Rumtek Monastery," Gonpo Tseten (Gangtok 1978).

vol. 1:
1. brgyud pa'i khungs nye bar gleng ba. 1-8.
2. dpal pradzny‚ bha dra'i rnam par thar pa'i 'o mtsho'i zla ris (ti lo pa). 8-99.
3. dpal dzny‚ na siddhi'i rnam par thar pa grub pa'i rna rgyan (nâ ro pa). 101-185.
4. chos kyi rje mnga' bdag lo tsâ ba chen po'i rnam par thar pa gsang ba mdzod kyi lde mig (Mar pa chos kyi blo gros). Missing. This has been published elsewhere.
5. chos rje dpal ldan mi la ras chen gyi rnam par thar pa byin rlabs kyi sprin phung. Missing a number of folios. 188-317.
6. chos kyi rje dpal ldan sgam po pa chen po'i rnam par thar pa kun khyab snyan pa'i ba dan. Missing several folios. 319-433.
7. chos kyi rje rin po che dpal ldan dus gsum mkhyen pa'i rnam par thar pa dgos 'dod kun 'byung (karma pa I dus gsum mkhyen pa). End missing. 435-504.
8. rje btsun 'gro ba'i mgon po sangs rgyas rin chen gyi rnam par thar pa bdud rtsi'i bum bzang. Missing.
9. rin po che spom brag pa'i rnam par thar pa pad dkar phreng ba (spom brag pa, teacher of karma pakshi). Missing.

vol. 2:
1. chos kyi rje dpal ldan karma pa chen po'i rnam par thar pa bsam yas lha'i rnga chen (Zhwa nag II karma pakshi). 1-87.
2. chos kyi rje rgyal ba audyan pa chen po'i rnam par thar pa rdzogs ldan bdud rtsi'i dga' ston (o rgyan pa seng ge dpal). 89-121.
3. chos rje thams cad mkhyen pa rang byung rdo rje'i rnam thar tshigs bcad ma (Karma pa III rang byung rdo rje). 123-163.
4. grub pa'i skyes bu sim ha'i rnam par thar pa nyams rtogs 'od gsal gyi sgron me (Zhwa dmar I grags pa seng ge). 163-201.
5. mtshungs ed bla ma dam pa'i rnam par thar pa yon tan mi zad pa rab tu gsal ba'i me long (karma pa IV rol pa'i rdo rje. Missing folios. 203-319.
6. rnam thar re'u mig tu bkod pa'i dkar chag (visions of rol pa'i rdo rje). 321-327.
7. rje ri khrod pa chen po'i rnam par thar pa phra mdzes mu tig do shal (ri khrod pa chen po dar ma rgyal mtshan, disc. of rang byung rdo rje and grags pa seng ge). 327-344.
8. chos kyi rje 'jig rten dbang po'i skyes rabs dge legs yongs su smin pa'i snye ma.
9. bka' brgyud rin po che'i rnam thar rab gsal mchog tu grub pa rgyan gyi phreng ba.
10. rang gi tshul mdor bsdus te gtam du bya ba (autobiography).


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Source: Bka'-brgyud-pa Hagiographies: A collection of rnam-thar of eminent masters of Tibetan Buddhism, compiled and edited by Khams sprul Don brgyud nyi ma, Sungrab Nyamso Gyunphel Parkhang (Palampur 1972). LMpj011,689.

vol. 1:
1. sangs rgyas thams cad kyi rnam 'phrul rje btsun ti lo pa'i rnam mgur. 1-75. compiled & first printed in 1550 at brag dkar rtsa so by lha btsun rin chen rnam rgyal (1473-1557).
2. mkhas grub mnyam med dpal nâ ro pa'i rnam par thar pa dri med legs bshad bde chen 'brug sgra. 77-213. Written by dbang phyug rgyal mtshan about 1523 at rdza ri bsam gtan gling. This is a print of the nya nang lung chen edition prepared by dbon mo g.yang 'dzom and her siblings, students of the gsang yum kun tu bzang mo (author of a biography listed above!).
3. sgra bsgyur mar pa lo tsâ'i rnam thar mthong ba don yod. 215-484. Written in about 1505 by gtsang smyon he ru ka sangs rgyas rgyal mtshan (1452-1507). This particular example is from the late 19th cent. bstan rgyas gling edition, with colophon composed by Kong sprul.
4. tshe gcig la 'ja' lus brnyes pa rje ras chung pa'i rnam thar rags bsdus mgur rnam rgyas pa. 485-833. Compiled and first printed by lha btsun rin chen rnam rgyal in 1503 at brag dkar rta so.

vol. 2:
1. chos kyi rje dpal ldan sgam po pa chen po'i rnam par thar pa yid bzhin gyi nor bu rin po che kun khyab snyan pa'i ba dan thar pa rin po che'i rgyan gyi mchog. 1-235. Written in 1520 by sgam po pa bsod nams lhun grub (1488-1552. MHTL10977.
2. chos rje lo ras pa'i rnam par thar pa bdud rtsi'i phreng ba. 237-381. Written by rgod tshang ras pa sna tshogs rang grol (1494-1532).
3. dpal ldan bla ma dam pa grub pa'i khyu mchog phyogs thams cad las rnam par rgyal ba'i spyod pa can rje btsun kun dga' bzang po'i rnam par thar pa ris med dad pa'i pu long g.yo byed. 383-560. Life of dbus smyon kun dga' bzang po from birth until 1494, written in 1494 by gnyug la pan chen ngag dbang grags pa (1458-1515).

vol. 3:
1. rje btsun ras chung rdo rje grags pa'i rnam thar rnam mkhyen thar lam gsal ba'i me long ye shes snang ba. Written by rgod tshang ras pa sna tshogs rang grol (1494-1570) at ras chung phug. 1-697.

vol. 4:
1. rgyal ba rgod tshang pa mgon po rdo rje'i rnam par thar pa mthong ba don ldan nor bu'i phreng ba. 1-350. Biography of rgod tshang pa mgon po rdo rje (1189-1258) written by sangs rgyas dar po in an Iron Rat year at La phyi in western Tibet.
2. rje rgod tshang pa'i rnam thar rgyal thang pa bde chen rdo rjes mdzad pa la mgur chen 'gas rgyan pa. 351-483. Life of rgod tshang pa with interspersed songs of spiritual realization. Written by rgyal thang pa bde chen rdo rje, copy of a print from blocks carved by lha btsun rin chen rnam rgyal.
4. rje btsun kun dga' bzang po'i rnam par thar pa ris med dad pa'i spu long g.yo byed ces bya ba las rim par phye ba gnyis pa phrin las rgyan gyi rnga sgra. 561-660. account of life of dbus smyon kun dga' bzang po (1458-1532) from 1495 until his death, written in 1537 by lha mthong lo tsâ ba bshes gnyen rnam rgyal (b. 1512) on the basis of records of kun bzang nyi zla dpal 'bar.


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Source: Rgyal thang pa Bde chen rdo rje, Dkar brgyud Gser 'phreng (a 13th cent. collection of verse hagiographies of the succession of eminent masters of the 'brug pa Bka' brgyud pa tradition) "reproduced from a rare manuscript from the library of Hemis Monastery," Khams sprul VIII Don brgyud nyi ma, Sungrab Nyamso Gyunphel Parkhang (Palampur 1973).

1. dpal ldan dwags po bka' brgyud pa'i rnam par thar pa. 1-13.
2. rje btsun chen po ti lli pa'i rnam par thar pa. 15-57. Tilopa.
3. mkhas pa chen po nâ ro pa'i rnam par thar pa. 59-135. Naropa.
4. skyes mchog mar pa lo tstsha'i rnam thar. 137-187.
5. rje btsun gyi rgyal po mid la ras pa'i rnam thar. 189-265.
6. dags po rin po che'i rnam par thar pa. 267-339.
7. rje btsun ras chung rdo rje grags pa'i rnam thar. 341-385.
8. 'gro ba'i mgon po phag mo gru pa'i rnam par thar pa. 387-435.
9. grub thob kyi rgyal po gling chen ras pa'i rnam par thar pa. 437-483. gling ras pa padma rdo rje.
10. chos rje rin po che gtsang pa ye shes rdo rje'i rnam par thar pa. 485-525. gtsang pa rgya ras pa ye shes rdo rje.
11. 'brug ra lung gi chos rje sangs rgyas dbon ras (dar ma seng ge) kyi rnam thar (dge slong rin chen seng ges sbyar ba). 527-563. sangs rgyas dbon ras dar ma seng ge (1177-1237/8).
12. chos kyi rje rin po che rgod tshang pa'i rnam par thar pa. 567-619. rgod tshang pa mgon po rdo rje (1189-1258).

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Source: Grub-thob O-rgyan-pa Rin-chen-dpal, Bka'-brgyud Yid-bzhin-nor-bu-yi 'Phreng-ba: A precious rosary of lives of eminent masters of the 'bri gung pa dkar brgyud pa tradition, reproduced from rare manuscript containing three supplemental biographies of teahers of the Smar pa dkar brgyud pa tradition from the library of the Ven Kangyur Rimpoche, S.W. Tashigangpa (Leh 1972). The collection is misattributed.

bka' brgyud yid bzhin nor bu yi 'phreng ba. 1-634.
1. preliminaries. 3-13.
2. Tilopa. 14-52.
3. Naropa. 52-106.
4. Mar pa Chos kyi blo gros. 106-174.
5. Mi la ras pa. 174-245.
6. Dwags po lha rje Bsod nams rin chen (said to be oral account set down in writing by his disc. Bha brom pa ('ba' rom pa dar ma dbang phyug). 145-270.
6. Phag mo gru pa Rdo rje rgyal po. 241-291. (obvious mistake here in the page nos.) The biography of Phag mo gru pa actually begins at p. 281.2.
7. 'Bri gung 'Jig rten mgon po. written by his disc. dbon po shes rab 'byung gnas. 291-398.
8. rje btsun chen po chos lding pa'i rnam thar. 400-634. 'Gar dam pa Chos sdings pa. Written by O rgyan pa Rin chen dpal (actually by a different O rgyan pa!), it has 2 parts:
A. The account written in 1295. 400-562.
B. The account written in 1304. 562-634.

Unrelated rnam thar:
9. spyan snga rin po che'i rnam par thar pa pad ma'i phreng ba zhes bya ba...tshigs su bcad pa. Devotional verses in praise of a Khams pa teacher of the Smar pa Dkar brgyud pa tradition. 636-654.
10. yang dgon rin po che'i rnam thar. Biography of Yang dgon pa Sangs rgyas grags (mi bskyod rdo rje) of Smar khams, a disc. of Smar pa Shes rab ye shes (see below). 656-670.
11. Chos rje smar pa'i rnam thar. Biography of smar pa grub thob shes rab ye shes (or, shes rab seng ge), a disc. of phag mo gru pa and the founder of the smar-pa dkar brgyud pa tradition. Written by one chos kyi ye shes.

Rje mar pa dang rje btsun mi la'i rnam thar. Biographical accounts comprising part kha of a dkar brgyud gser phreng xylographed somewhere in western Tibet or gtsang. 718-729.


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Source: Rwa lung Dkar brgyud Gser 'phreng: Brief Lifes of the successive masters in the transmission lineage of the Bar 'Brug pa Dkar brgyud pa of Rwa lung "from a set of prints from the 1771-1772 Spungs-thang xylographic blocks," Sungrab Nyamso Gyunphel Parkhang (Tashijong 1975). 4 vols.

Vol. 1.
0. dkar brgyud gser 'phreng glegs bam zung gi dkar chag gser gyi sgron me. Composed by ngag dbang kun dga' rgya mtsho, 12th rje mkhan po of Bhutan (on the see from 1769-1803) at bkra shis sgang. 1-15.
1. (KA) dkar brgyud rnams kyi rnam thar gnad kyi sgron me zhes bya ba the tshom gsal byed gzhan las khyad par 'phags pa rnam thar thams cad kyi nying khu. 17-27. The dkar-chag says this is a biography of rdo rje 'chang and shâkya thub pa.
2. (KHA) gsang ba'i bdag po'i rnam thar. 29-35.
3. (GA) ti li pa'i rnam thar. 37-93.
4. (NGA) mkhas mchog nâ ro pan chen gyi rnam thar. Compiled by Sangs rgyas 'bum from 5 examples (acc. to dkar chag). 95-135.
5. (CA) sgra bsgyur mar pa lo tstsha'i rnam par thar pa. Colophon: skyes mchog mar pa lo tsa'i rnam thar dri med mthong ba don ldan. 137-165.
6. (CHA) mi la ras pa'i rnam thar. Prob. compiled by Sangs rgyas 'bum. 167-208.
7. (JA) rje btsun ras chung pa'i rnam thar. 209-224.
8. (NYA) rje sgam po pa'i rnam thar. Prob. comp. by Sangs rgyas 'bum. 225-301.
9. (TA) dpal ldan phag mo gru pa'i rnam thar. Colophon: dpal ldan phag mo gru pa'i rnam thar thams cad kyi nying khu gzhan las khyad par du 'phags pa. 303-338.
10. (THA) grub chen gling gi rnam thar. 339-395. Gling ras pa Padma rdo rje. 339-395.
11. (DA) gtsang pa rgya ras kyi rnam thar, written by 'Bras mo Rje btsun Sangs rgyas 'bum. 397-452. 'Bras mo Jo mo btsun [i.e., 'Bras mo Rje btsun Sangs rgyas 'bum], Chos rje gtsang pa rgya ras kyi rnam thar. Printed in Tibet in 25 long format fols. LTWA KA3/7/2012.


vol. 2.
12. (NA) chos rje lo ras pa'i rnam thar. Life of Lo ras pa Dbang phyug brtson 'grus, alias Dbu ri pa (1187-1250), by one ShI la at Dkar po chos lung. dkar chag: na par chos rje lo ras pa'i rnam thar btsun pa shi la'i mtha' can gyis sbyar ba yon tan mtha' yas rgya mtsho. 1-72.
13. (PA) rgyal ba rgod tshang pa'i rnam thar gnad sdud pa'i sgron me. Life of Rgod tshang pa Mgon po rdo rje (1189-1258), written by Sde snod 'dzin pa Rin chen dpal. 73-82.
14. (PHA) sangs rgyas dbon ras dar ma seng ge'i rnam thar. Life of Sangs rgyas dbon ras Dar ma seng ge (1177/8-1237), written by one Rin chen seng ge. 83-133.
15. (BA) chos rje gzhon nu seng ge'i rnam thar. Life of Gzhon nu seng ge (1200-1266) written by Nyi ma seng ge (1251-1287). 135-163.
16. (MA) byang sems nyi ma seng ge'i rnam thar. Life of Nyi ma seng ge (1251-1287) by dge slong Shâkya rin chen. 165-183.
17. (TSA) rdo rje gling pa seng ge shes rab kyi rnam thar. Life of rdo rje gling pa seng ge shes rab (1238-1280) written by Grags pa seng ge. 185-233.
18. (TSHA) rje spos skya pa seng ge rin chen gyi rnam thar. Spos skya pa Seng ge rin chen (1242-1297), by Spen ta pa Nyi ma rgyal po. 235-301.
19. (DZA) rje bcu gsum pa seng ge rgyal po'i rnam thar. Life of Bcu gsum pa Seng ge rgyal po (1289-1326), written by 'Jam dbyangs kun dga' seng ge (1314-1347). 303-361.
20. (WA) 'jam dbyangs kun dga' seng ge'i rnam par thar pa. Life of 'Jam dbyangs Kun dga' seng ge (1314-1347) written by Bsam rgyal Kha che [bsam gtan rgyal mtshan?]. 363-447.


vol. 3.
21. (ZHA) 'jam pa'i dbyangs blo gros seng ge'i rnam thar. Biography of 'Jam dbyangs blo gros seng ge (1345-1390), by one A na r‚ dza. 1-55.
22. (ZA) chos rje shes rab seng ge'i rnam thar. Biography of Shes rab seng ge (1371-1392) written by Shes rab bzang po (1400-1438) in 1427. 57-68.
23. ('A) 'jam dbyangs ye shes rin chen gyi rnam thar. (1364-1413), written by Shes rab bzang po (1400-1438). 69-98.
24. (YA) bde bar gshegs pa nam mkha'i mtshan can pa'i rnam thar. Biography of gsang bdag Nam mkha' dpal bzang (1398-1425), written by Shes rab bzang po (1400-1438) in 1432. 99-106.
25. (RA) rje rin po che shes rab bzang po'i rnam thar. (1400-1438), written by Ngag dbang chos kyi rgyal po (1465-1540). 107-121.
26. (LA) dpal ldan bla ma dam pa'i mdzad pa rmad du byung ba bcu'i tshul du gsal bar ston pa ngo mtshar bdud rtsi'i thigs pa. Biography of rgyal dbang Kun dga' dpal 'byor (1428-1476), written by Bsod nams mchog ldan. 123-214. (A note says we should expect to find here a biography with a similar title (omitting bcu'i tshul du gsal bar ston pa) written by A wa dhû ti pa Rin chen rnam rgyal in 1475).
27. (SHA) dpal ldan bla ma ngag dbang chos kyi rgyal po'i rnam par thar pa ngo mtshar 'od brgya pa. The biography of Ngag dbang chos kyi rgyal po (1465-1540), written by Padma dkar po (1527-1592) in 1549. 215-306.
28. (SA) khams gsum chos kyi rgyal po rgyal dbang sprul pa'i sku'i rnam par thar pa legs bshad ngo mtshar gter chen. Biography of 'Brug chen III 'Jam dbyangs chos kyi grags pa (1478-1523); written by 'Brug pa Ngag gi dbang po (? Ngag dbang grags pa [1506-1538] in 1525). 307-427.
29. (HA) rje btsun mthu stobs zhabs kyi rnam par thar pa ngo mtshar rma bya rnam par brtse ba. Biography of Mthu stobs Yon tan ye shes of Dwags po, written by Padma dkar po (1527-1592). 429-439.
30. (A) rje btsun a ba dhû ti pa btsun mo can gyi rnam par thar pa dad pa'i ngag pa rnam par rtse ba. Biography of A wa dhu ti pa Kun spangs Shes rab rgya mtsho (1478-1542), written by Padma dkar po (1527-1592). 441-453.
31. (KI) rdo rje 'dzin pa chos kyi mgon po'i rnam par thar pa che long tsam brjod pa grub pa'i rol rtsed. 455-494. Biography of Bde chen chos 'khor Zhabs drung I, by Padma dkar po. 455-494.


vol. 4.
32 (KHI) mtshungs med rje'i rnam par thar pa yid bzhin nor bu'i 'phreng ba dngos grub rgya mtsho'i byin 'bebs. Biography of Ngag dbang grags pa (1506-1538), by Byar po Sgom chen Chos rgyal Bsod nams rgyal mtshan. 1-96.
33. (GI) rgyal sras gcung rin po che'i rnam par thar pa snyan dngags kyi bung ba rnam par rtse ba. Life of Gcung rin po che Ngag gi dbang po, AKA Ngag gi dbang phyug grags pa rgyal mtshan (1517-1554), by Padma dkar po. 97-111.
34. (NGI) rdo rje'i slob dpon chen po padma dkar po'i rnam par gleng ba kun tu bzang po'i zlos gar. Verse autobiography of Padma dkar po. 119-127.
35. (CI) sems dpa' padma dkar po'i rnam thar thugs rje chen po'i zlos gar. Autobiography of Padma dkar po, covering the life up to 1574/5. 129-346.
36. (CHI) dpal 'brug pa phyogs las rnam rgyal gyi rnam thar thugs rje chen po'i zlos gar gyi 'phro 'thud. Continuation of the autobiography of Padma dkar po, written by Rje Lha dbang blo gros at behest of Zhabs drung Ngag dbang rnam rgyal. 347-475. In all the collection has 821 leaves.


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Rje btsun Ti lo pa'i Rnam Mgur dang Dpal Nâ ro pa'i Rnam thar Bsdus pa, Mtsho sngon Mi rigs Dpe skrun khang (Sining 1992). This contains two biographies: [1] Lha btsun Rin chen rnam rgyal, Sangs rgyas thams cad kyi rnam 'phrul rje btsun Ti lo pa'i rnam mgur (pp. 1-54) and [2] Mkhas grub mnyam med dpal Nâ ro pa'i rnam par thar pa dri med legs bshad bde chen 'brug sgra (pp. 55-151), the author's name seems to be given on p. 145, Rnal 'byor dbang phyug Gu ru Dho tstsha.

Khrag 'thung Rgyal po, Mar pa Lo ts‚'i Rnam thar (Sgra bsgyur Mar pa Lo tsâ'i Rnam thar Mthong ba Don ldan), Si khron Mi rigs Dpe skrun khang (Chengdu 1990). This edition is based on a print from the Sde dge blocks.

Rgod tshang ras pa, Rje btsun Ras chung pa'i Rnam thar (Rje btsun Ras chung ba'i Rnam thar Rnam mkhyen Thar lam Gsal bar Ston pa'i Me long Ye shes kyi Snang ba), Mtsho sngon Mi rigs Dpe skrun khang (Sining 1992). N. of author in colophon (p. 666): Rgod tshang ras pa Sna tshogs ming can. He used as his main source a biography by the three brother Grub thob (grub thob sku mched gsum) entitled Rnam thar Ngo mtshar Nor bu'i Snying po.

Bsod nams lhun grub, Mnyam med Sgam po ba'i Rnam thar (=Chos rje Dpal ldan Sgam po ba Chen po'i Rnam par Thar pa Yid bzhin gyi Nor bu Rin po che Kun khyab Snyan pa'i Ba dan Thar pa Rin po che'i Rgyan gyi Mchog), Mtsho sngon Mi rigs Dpe skrun khang (Xining 1994). The colophon gives the author's name as Rje nyid kyi dbon po Spyan snga Chos kyi bsod nams lhun grub zla 'od rgyal mtshan dpal bzang po, and date of composition as a Iron Dragon, 367 years after the death of Sgam po pa. This works out to 1520 CE. His sources are listed on p. 180.

Rnal 'byor pa Sangs rgyas dar po & Rgyal thang pa Bde chen rdo rje, Rgod tshang pa Mgon po rdo rje'i Rnam thar, Mtsho sngon Mi rigs Dpe skrun khang (Sining 1993). This contains two works: [1] Sangs rgyas dar po, Rgyal ba Rgod tshang ba mgon po rdo rje'i rnam par thar pa mthong ba don ldan nor bu'i phreng ba, pp. 3-304; [2] Rje Rgod tshang ba'i rnam thar Rgyal thang ba Bde chen rdo rjes mdzad pa la mgur chen 'gas brgyan pa, pp. 305-421. The latter is a later redaction of Rgyal thang pa's biography done by Lha btsun Rin chen rnam rgyal in a Water Pig year. Sangs rgyas dar po (another disciple of Gtsang smyon) compiled his biography of Rgod tshang pa in 1540.

Rgod tshang ras pa, Chos rje Lo ras pa'i Rnam thar (=Chos rje Lo ras pa'i Rnam par Thar pa Bdud rtsi'i Phreng ba), Mtsho sngon Mi rigs dpe skrun khang (Sining 1994). At the end the author mentions that he had 5 different sources, including one biography composed by Dge sbyong Tshul khrims ming can.

Rdo rje mdzes 'od, Bka' brgyud kyi rnam thar chen mo rin po che'i gter mdzod dgos 'dod 'byung gnas "A collection of lives of the successive masters in the transmission lineage of the 'Bri gung Bka' brgyud pa tradition in the Nepal Tibet borderlands," D. Tsondu Senghe (Bir 1985), in 526 pp, 9 X 38 cm. "Reproduced from a rare manuscript from Limi Dzing Pegyeling." TIB A: I TIB 2688 . BQ7684.9 B: .R35 1985. Translated in Khempo Könchog Gyaltsen, The Great Kagyu Masters, ed. by Victoria Huckenpahler, Snow Lion (Ithaca 1990). This seems to be quite early, perhaps as early as 13th century.

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Source: Dpal 'brug pa rin po che ngag dbang rnam rgyal gyi rnam thar rgyas pa chos kyi sprin chen po'i dbyangs "the detailed biography of the first Zhabs drung Rin po che of Bhutan, Ngag dbang rnam rgyal (Ngag dbang bdud 'joms rdo rje) by Gtsang Mkhan chen 'Jam dbyangs dpal ldan rgya mtsho," "reproduced from a print from the Punakha blocks (carved about 1800) preserved in the Beling Monastery in Lahul, H.P.," Topden Tshering, TBMC (Dolanji 1974).

From the preface: Zhabs drung I Ngag dbang rnam rgyal (1594-1651) was b. in house of Rwalung, son of Yab chen Mi pham bstan pa'i nyi ma (1567-1619) and the lady Bsod nams dpal gyi bu khrid, daughter of the Lord of Skyid shod. He was recognized as reincarn. of Padma dkar po, but this was disputed, and many monks preferred to recognize the 'Phyongs rgyas prince Mi pham dbang po. Troubles with certain Karma Dkar brgyud pa, and ultimately with their patron the King of Gtsang, led to his flight from Rwa lung to Bhutan in 1616. By his death in 1651 he had established a firm basis of the Bhutanese state in spite of internal opposition & external invasions from Tibet. The author of this biography was 'Jam dpal bshes gnyen, AKA 'Jam dbyangs dpal ldan rgya mtsho called Gtsang Mkhan chen (1610-1684) at behest of Sbyin pa rgyal mtshan. He also authored a large biography of the Karma pa X Chos dbyings rdo rje (1604-1674).

1. KA dpal 'brug pa rin po che ngag dbang bstan 'dzin rnam rgyal gyi rnam par thar pa rgyas pa chos kyi sprin chen po'i dbyangs zhes bya ba las ring po'i gleng gzhi. 1-43. Origins of the 'Brug pa tradition, and of the Rwa lung lineage.
2. KHA dpal 'brug pa rin po che ngag dbang bdud 'joms rdo rje'i rnam par thar pa chos kyi sprin chen po'i dbyangs zhes bya ba las: bar ma'i gleng gzhi padma dkar po'i rnam thar. 45-73.
3. GA dpal 'brug pa rin po che ngag dbang rnam rgyal gyi rnam par thar pa chos kyi sprin zhes bya ba rgyas pa las: nye ba'i gleng gzhi bod kyi skor. Covers his early life in Tibet, from 1594-1616. 75-325.
4. NGA dpal 'brug pa rin po che ngag dbang rnam rgyal gyi rnam thar rgyas pa chos kyi sprin chen po'i dbyangs zhes bya ba las: nye ba'i gleng gzhi lho'i skor. Activities in Bhutan from 1616-1651. 327-645.
5. CA rdo rje 'dzin pa ngag dbang bstan 'dzin rnam rgyal gyi rnam par thar pa chos kyi sprin chen po'i dbyangs kyi snying po legs par bsdus pa bdud rtsi'i thigs pa. Summary account. 647-739.
6. CHA chos kyi sprin chen po'i dbyangs kyi yan lag rnal 'byor gyi dbang phyug dpal rdo rje gdan pa'i rnam par thar pa. Supplementary account of the Zhabs drung's close associate Rdo rje gdan pa Mi pham tshe dbang bstan 'dzin, alias Pha jo Rta mgrin rgyal mtshan (1574-1643). 741-807.

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Source: Bka' brgyud gser 'phreng rgyas pa, a reproduction of an incomplete manuscript of a collection of the lives of the successive masters of the 'Brug-pa Dkar-brgyud-pa tradition reflecting the tradition of Rdzong khul in Zangs dkar established by Grub dbang Ngag dbang tshe ring, reproduced from a manuscript preserved in Zangs dkar" Kargyud Sungrab Nyamso Khang (Darjeeling 1982), in 3 vols. LMpj 014,931.

vol. 1:
1. bka' brgyud gser 'phreng rgyas pa. Introduction to the collection arranged by Ngag dbang tshe ring of Rdzong khul. 1-7.
2. rje btsun chen po ti lo pa'i rnam par thar pa. By Dbang phyug rgyal mtshan. 9-97.
3. rje btsun chen po dpal nâ ro pa'i rnam par thar pa. No author statement. 99-188.
4. rje btsun mar pa'i rnam par thar pa. By Gtsang smyon He ru ka. Apparently a copy based on an early woodblock, as is the following. 189-367.
5. rnal 'byor gyi dbang phyug dam pa rje btsun mi la ras pa'i rnam thar thar pa dang thams cad mkhyen pa'i lam ston. By Gtsang smyon He ru ka. 369-583.

vol. 2:
6. Chos kyi rje dpal ldan sgam po pa chen po'i rnam par thar pa yid bzhin gyi nor bu rin po che kun khyab bstan pa'i ba dan thar pa rin po che'i rgyan gyi mchog. By Spyan snga Chos rje Bsod nams lhun grub zla 'od rgyal mtshan dpal bzang po. 1-141.
7. bde gshegs phag mo gru pa'i rnam par thar pa. By Lha btsun Rin chen rnam rgyal on basis of earlier works by Chos sgo ba Bsod nams dpal & others. 143-183.
8. grub thob chen po gling ras kyi rnam thar. 185-191.
9. gro ba'i mgon po gtsang pa rgya ras pa'i rnam par thar pa ngo mtshar dad pa'i rlabs 'phreng. By Padma dkar po. 93-329. A number of sections missing at this point!
10. 'jam dbyangs ye shes rin chen pa'i rnam thar. By Shes rab bzang po. 331-363.
11. bde bar gshegs pa nam mkha' mtshan can pa'i rnam thar. Biography of Nam mkha' dpal bzang. By Shes rab bzang po. 365-372.
12. rje rin po che shes rab bzang po'i rnam thar. By Ngag dbang chos rgyal. 373-388.
13. dpal ldan bla ma dam pa'i mdzad pa rmad du byung ba bcu'i tshul du gsal bar ston pa ngo mtshar bdud rtsi'i thig pa. Biography of Kun dga' dpal 'byor. By Bsod nams mchog ldan. 389-499.
14. dpal ldan bla ma dam pa ngag dbang chos kyi rgyal po'i rnam par thar pa ngo mtshar 'od brgya pa. By Padma dkar po. 501-605.

vol. 3:
15. khams gsum chos kyi rgyal po rgyal dbang sprul pa'i sku'i rnam par thar pa legs bshad ngo mtshar gyi gter chen. By Ngag gi dbang po'i ming can. 1-139.
16. rje mthu stobs zhabs kyi rnam par thar pa ngo mtshar gyi rma bya rnam par rtse ba. By Padma dkar po. 141-152.
17. rje btsun a wa dhu ti pa btsun mo can gyi rnam par thar pa dad pa'i ngang pa rnam par rtse ba. By Padma dkar po. 153-167.
18. rdo rje 'dzin pa chen po chos kyi mgon po'i rnam par thar pa che long tsam brjod pa grub pa'i rol rtsed. By Padma dkar po. 169-216.
19. mtshungs med rje'i rnam par thar pa yid bzhin nor bu'i 'phreng ba dngos grub rgya mtsho'i byin 'bebs. Biography of Ngag dbang grags pa. By Byar po'i sgom chen, = Chos rgyal Bsod nams rgyal mtshan. 217-337.
20. rgyal sras bcung rin po che'i rnam par thar pa snyan dngags kyi bung ba rnam par rtse ba. Biography of Ngag gi dbang phyug. By Padma dkar po. 339-366.
21. sems dpa'i padma dkar po'i rnam thar thugs rje chen po'i zlos gar. Autobiography. 367-616.

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Miscellaneous notes:

See S.C. Sarkar, Tibetan Titbits (in JBORS, 1941), where he very badly translates the title and colophon of a woodblock print from Lhasa, which probably should have something like the following title: 'Phags yul grub pa'i dbang phyug dpal te lo nâ ro gnyis dang / dgyes mdzad mar pa lo ts‚ rje btsun bzhad pa rdo rje bcas kyi rnam thar mdor bsdus dang / mkhas grub dwags po lha rje'i rnam thar snyan pa'i ba dan 'jam gling mtha' gru khyab pa'i rgyan bcas (note that the usual biography of Sgam po pa has a similar title to the last).

Seen in E.Gene Smith's library: Title: Grub thob Gling ras kyi rnam gur mthong ba don ldan. Marginal letter: KA. Colophon title: Grub thob gling ras pa'i rnam thar cung zad bsdus pa la mgur rgya che ba mthong zhing thos pas dran pa'i mchog ces bya ba rdzogs s.ho // //. End of printing colophon: Gnas chen brag dkar rta so'i dben gnas su // grub thob gling ras rnam mgur ngo mtshar 'di // lha btsun rin nam dang bas spar du bzhengs // shin tu dmar ba'i gnang sbyin mdzad pa ni // mi dbang gong ma chen po bdud 'du ldes [bdud 'dul sde?] // zho zangs cis dang // bdun tshar cha gnyis gnang /. [4-line dedication prayer]. 57 fols. in all.
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Library of Tibetan Works and Archives has photocopies of a Punakha (Spungs khang) print of most of a 'Brug pa Bka' brgyud gser phreng (this does apparently correspond to the Rwa lung Gser phreng, listed above). Following are details:

[added typed title] Dkar brgyud gser 'phreng glegs bam zung gi dkar chag gser gyi sgron me. Within this title, at fol. 3r.6 ff., are the following details.
1. KA par / rnam thar sgron me la 5 /
2. KHA par / gsang bdag rnam thar la 3 /
3. GA par / tilli pa'i rnam thar la 24 /
4. nga par / nâ ro pa'i rnam thar la 17 /
5. ca par / mar lo'i rnam thar la 12 /
6. cha par / mi la ras pa'i rnam thar la 18 /
7. ja par / ras chung pa'i rnam thar la 6 /
8. nya par / sgam po'i rnam thar la so gnyis /
9. ta par / dpal phag mo gru pa'i rnam thar la 15 /
10. tha par / grub chen gling gi rnam thar la 23 /
11. da par / chos rje gtsang pa'i rnam thar la 24 /
12. na par / rgyal ba lo ras pa'i rnam thar la 3 /
13. pa par / rgod tshang pa'i rnam thar la 4 /
14. pha par / sangs rgyas dbon ras rnam thar la 21 /
15. ba par / chos rje gzhon nu seng ge'i rnam thar la 12 /
16. ma par / byang sems nyi ma seng ge'i rnam thar la 12 /
17. tsa par / rdo rje gling pa seng ge'i shes rab rnam thar la 17 /
18. tsha par / rje spos skya pa seng ge rin chen rnam thar la 28 /
19. dza par / bcu gsum pa seng ge'i rnam thar la 24 /
20. wa par / 'jam dbyangs kun dga' seng ge'i rnam thar la 37 /
21. zha par / 'jam dbyangs blo gros seng ge'i rnam thar la 28 /
22. za par / shes rab seng ge'i rnam thar la 5 /
23. 'a par / 'jam dbyangs ye shes rin chen rnam thar la 12 /
24. ya par / gsang bdag nam mkha' dpal bzang rnam thar la 3 /
25. ra par / drin can shes rab bzang po'i rnam thar la 6 /
26. la par / dpal rgyal ba'i dbang po'i rnam thar la 28 / 'di rje nyid rang gi bka' 'bum nas ston rgyu /
27. sha par / ngag dbang chos kyi rgyal po'i rnam thar la 36 /
28. sa par / 'jam dbyangs chos kyi grags pa'i rnam thar la 53 /
29. ha par / mthu stobs zhabs kyi rnam thar la 4 /
30. a par / rje btsun a wa dhû ti pa btsun mo can gyi rnam thar la 5 /
31. ki par / rgyal sras gcung gi rnam thar la 8 /
32. khu par / ngag dbang grags pa'i rnam thar la zhe gcig /
33. ge par / chos kyi mgon po'i rnam thar la 17 /
34. ngo par / kun mkhyen rnam thar kun bzang zlos gar la 4 [?] /
35. ci par / sems pa padma dkar po'i rnam thar thugs rje chen po'i zlos gar la 84 /
36. chu par / de'i 'phros brjod pa sgyu ma chen po'i ngor la 34 /
37. je par / mi pham chos kyi rgyal po'i rnam thar la 28 /
[NOTE: In fact, there is a final section, which has been assigned the letter NYO: Dkar rgyud kyi rnam thar ge sar gyi 'phreng ba lta bu las: Dpal ldan bla ma mthu chen Chos kyi rgyal po Ngag dbang rnam rgyal pa'i skabs bzhugs so, in 29 fols.]

sha / ha / a / ki / ge / ngo / ci / chu / ste dpe tshan brgyad kyi par kun mkhyen bka' 'bum nas bton rgyu / dkar chag gser gyi sgron me la bzhi bcos (btsas?) chos tshan so brgyad la shog grangs yongs sdom bdun brgya nyer bdun (total no. of pp.: 727) yod pa mi dbang mchog gis 'brug spungs thang bde chen du par du bsgrub pa ... The Dharmarâja Bsod nams stobs ldan is the one who ordered the blocks.


Source: Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (Dharamsala). LTWA K3/1524 KHA: Dge slong Rin chen seng ge, [1] Grub chen gling ras pa'i rnam thar. [2] Dpal ldan phag mo gru pa'i rnam thar.