Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö Timeline

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Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö Timeline
Note: many of the dates and references provided here still need to be verified

Water Dragon 1892

Water Snake 1893 (birth, aged 1[1])

Earth Pig 1899 (aged 7)

Iron Mouse 1900 (aged 8)

Iron Ox 1901 (aged 9)

  • Enthroned at Katok Monastery. He is known as Tulku Lodrö and Jamyang Lodrö Gyatso.

1905 (aged 13)

  • Caring for his ailing tutor Khenpo Thubten Rigdzin, also the former tutor of Kathok Situ Rinpoche.

Fire Horse 1906 (aged 14)

  • Towards the end of the year: death of his tutor.
  • Gathering funds for the Katok Monastery in Horkhok and Dzachukha.
  • Meets the King of Ling; gives an elaborate commentary on the Gang Gi Lodrö.
  • Meets Adzom Drukpa at Adzom Gar near Tromuk. Adzom Drukpa recognizes him as the true incarnation of Khyentse Wangpo.

Earth Bird 1909 (aged 17)

Metal Dog 1910 (aged 18)

1911 (aged 19)

Water Mouse 1912 (aged 20)

  • receives the Druptap Küntü and other transmissions from Khenpo Samten Lodrö.
  • passing away of his father.

Water Ox 1913 (aged 21)

  • receives many transmissions from Thartsé Shabdrung Champa Kunzang Tenpé Nyima.
  • Establishes Kham-jé Shedra at Dzongsar Monastery with Khenpo Shenga as the first head khenpo.

Earth Sheep 1919 (aged 27)

Iron Monkey 1920 (aged 28)

Iron Bird 1921 (aged 29)

Wood Ox 1925 (aged 33)

Fire Ox 1937 (aged 45)

Water Horse 1942

Water Sheep 1943

Wood Monkey 1944

Wood Bird 1945 (53)

  • 21st day of the first month: performs a drupchen for Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo's anniversary, and later proceeds with the transmissions of the Treasury of Precious Termas.
  • Gives the empowerments and transmissions of the Treasury of Precious Termas to about a hundred students in Dzongsar. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Shechen Rabjam, Katok Situ, Pewar Rinpoche, and other important tulkus were present.[5]

Fire Dog 1946 (54)

Fire Pig 1947 (55)

Earth Mouse 1948 (aged 56)

Earth Ox 1949 (aged 57)

Iron Tiger 1950 (aged 58)

  • Sogyal Rinpoche goes to live with JKCL at Dzongsar, where he treats him as his own son. JKCL recognizes him as the incarnation of Tertön Sogyal.

Iron Hare 1951 (aged 59)

  • Spring: Dezhung Rinpoche arrives at Dzongsar
  • Gives Lamdré Lopshé to 500 shedra students and others in the tsuklakhang at Dzongsar
  • According to a five year cycle all positions at Kham-je Shedra are re-allocated: To celebrate the inauguration of the 8th Khenpo at Dzongsar Shedra Me nyag dPal Lha sgang dgon gyi mkhas dbang Dam chos (1908?-1960s?) teachings on Gang blo ma, Byams chos 'byed rnam gnyis and Tshad ma rigs gter are given [by JKCL?]

Water Dragon 1952 (aged 60)

Water Snake 1953 (aged 61)

Wood Horse 1954 (aged 62)

  • Spring of 1954: gives the Compendium of Sadhanas to more than 70 students in the empowerment room of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, The Garden of Immortality. In the assembly hall of Dzongsar he gave the Collection of a Hundred Sadhanas (Wyl. sgrub thabs brgya rtsa) to more than 400 people.
  • In the summer of the same year, the Sakya Dagchen of the Phuntsok Podrang comes to Dzongsar to receive Lamdré and Compendium of Sadhanas from Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö. He also gives a major Hevajra empowerment and many other special Sakya teachings. Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche and Pewar Rinpoche are present.

Wood Sheep 1955 (aged 63)

Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö at Samdrup Podrang in Lhasa, 1955.

Fire Monkey 1956 (aged 64)

Fire Bird 1957 (aged 65)

Earth Dog 1958 (aged 66)

  • Sikkim
  • 4th-7th month Darjeeling
  • Teaches the Kunzang Lama’i Shyalung in Darjeeling for seven days—without ever looking at the text (SR 19970726)
  • July and August 1958: Dhongthog Rinpoche visits JKCL in Darjeeling. From the 19th to the 23rd of the 6th Tibetan month, he received teachings on the mantrayana vows chapter of the Dom Sum Rabyé, and on the 25th he received a lung for the pratimoksha chapter, and for the Chanting the Names of Manjushri. He requested a heart advice, and JKCL composed The Beautiful Precious Garland: Words of Advice for Self and Others.

Earth Pig 1959 (aged 67)

Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö in Gangtok, circa 1959.
  • Sikkim
  • Parinirvana on 6th day of the 5th month, the 12th June 1959.[9]
  • cremation at Tashi Jong, Sikkim. Ceremonies are led by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.


  1. According to Tibetan custom, during the first months of a person's life, that person is considered to be one year old, until the next Tibetan New Year (Losar), when they turn two. This timeline reflects this Tibetan custom.
  2. See Tulku Thondup, Masters of Meditation and Miracles, p. 245.
  3. There is still some uncertainty concerning the year of this first pilgrimage.
  4. There is still some uncertainty concerning the year of this first pilgrimage.
  5. Further reading: Dilgo Khyentse, Brilliant Moon, pages 108-120 & 277-278.
  6. According to Pewar Rinpoche. Further reading: Brilliant Moon, page 278.
  7. According to Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche.
  8. According to Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche.
  9. According to both Phugpa and Tsurphu Tibetan calendars. Information from www.kalachakra.org [1].