Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö Timeline

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Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö Timeline

Water Dragon 1892

Water Snake 1893 (birth)

1899 (aged 6)

1901 (aged 8)

1905 (aged 12)

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

1906 (aged 13)

  • 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.

1909 (aged 16)

Metal Dog 1910 (aged 17)

1918 (aged 25)

1920 (aged 27)

1921 (aged 28)

  • First pilgrimage to Central Tibet, visiting Sakya Ngor, Lhasa and Mindroling.
  • Tulku Thondup: When he was twenty-eight years old, Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö had spent many months with the Third Drodrupchen, Jigme Tenpe Nyima [1865-1926], receiving, amongst others, the empowerments of Rigdzin Düpa and Ladrup Thigle Gyachen, as well as teachings on Yeshe Lama and Longchen Nyingtik.

Wood Ox 1925 (aged 32)

1937 (aged 44)

Water Horse 1942

Water Sheep 1943

Wood Monkey 1944

Wood Bird 1945 (52)

  • 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.[1]

Fire Dog 1946 (53)

Fire Pig 1947 (54)

Earth Mouse 1948 (aged 55)

Earth Ox 1949 (aged 56)

Iron Tiger 1950 (aged 57)

  • 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 58)

Water Dragon 1952 (aged 59)

Water Snake 1953 (aged 60)

Wood Horse 1954 (aged 61)

  • Spring of 1954: gives the Compendium of Sadhanas to more than 70 students in the empowerment room of Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, The Joyful Grove of Immortal Accomplishment. 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 62)

Fire Monkey 1956 (aged 63)

Fire Bird 1957 (aged 64)

Earth Dog 1958 (aged 65)

  • Sikkim
  • 4th-7th month Darjeeling
  • Teaches the Kunzang Lama'i Shelung at the Buthanese Monastery in Kalimpong 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 66)

  • Sikkim
  • Parinirvana on 6th day of the 5th month, the 12th June 1959.[3]
  • cremation at Tashi Jong, Sikkim. Ceremonies are led by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.


  1. According to Pewar Rinpoche. Further reading: Brilliant Moon, pages 277-278.
  2. According to Pewar Rinpoche. Further reading: Brilliant Moon, page 278.
  3. According to both Phugpa and Tsurphu Tibetan calendars. Information from www.kalachakra.org [1].