Gyurme Dechen Chokdrup

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Gyurme Dechen Chokdrup (Wyl. 'gyur med bde chen mchog grub) (b.late 19th century-d.early 20th century?) — the Ninth Minling Trichen or throneholder of Mindroling Monastery. He was the son of Pema Wangchen (the son of Tertön Rangrik Dorje of Lumorap) and the Eighth Minling Trichen Gyurme Yishyin Wangyal’s daughter, Jetsün Chimé Deden Drolma.

Since the Eighth Minling Trichen, Gyurme Yishyin Wangyal, had only daughters and no sons, the hereditary lineage of the Minling Trichens was in danger of being severed. According to prophecies made by the Nechung Oracle, along with the 13th Dalai Lama's intervention, Tertön Rangrik Dorje (aka Kusum Lingpa, a reincarnation of the First Minling Trichen, Minling Terchen Gyurme Dorje) and his son, Pema Wangchen, were invited to Mindroling Monastery. Pema Wangchen took Jetsün Chimé Deden Drolma as his wife, and became the regent of the Mindroling throne. Their offspring, Gyurme Dechen Chokdrup, thus became the Ninth Minling Trichen, and the Tri Rab lineage of Mindroling was secured.

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