The first in the line of reincarnations, His Eminence the Venerable Ngag Wang Tsül Trim Dön Den was born as a member of the Yutok family, the family of origin of the 10th Dalai Lama, in the Tibetan calendar year 1982, in the wood rabbit year of the 14th cycle, corresponding to 1855 in the western calendar. His father and mother gave him the name Keu Yeshe Phel Bar.
When he was 10 years old he received the monastic vows from the Great Throne Holder Ngag Wang Norbu and was given the name of Ngag Wagn Tsül Trim Dön Den. It was ascertained that he was an emanation of Venerable Marpa the Translator, and he entered the Jangtse monastic college to begin his Dharma studies.
He attended teachings and studied with great diligence and perseverance Sutra, Tantra, and cultural subjects at the feet of many spiritual teachers, chief among them his root Guru, the supreme Great Throne Holder. At the age of twenty-four, he obtained the highest title of scholarship ‘Rab Jiam Pa’ during the Great Prayer Festival examination in Lhasa and became famous for his erudition and wisdom. He then entered the Gyudmed Monastery and studied and practiced Tantras such as those of Guhyasamaja, Chakrasamvara, and Yamantaka.
At that time, the supreme Great Throne Holder gave him strict orders to give back his vows of novice and fully ordained monk and urged him to practice Tantra, taking into account many goals and purposes, such as the lengthening of his lifespan, the improvement of his practice and the realization of the welfare of the teachings and of sentient beings. He followed his orders, donned lay robes, and went to practice in solitary retreat in the most suitable way, without even the smallest attachment to the eight worldly dharmas. Content with poor food and ragged clothes he practiced tantra day and night and manifested signs of realizations according to the principles of tantra. During that time, a child was born, knew as Serkong Tsenshap Rinpoche, an emanation of Marpa’s son Darmadodey. This is explained in detail his life story.
When he went for an audience with His Holiness the thirteenth Dalai Lama in his rooms, he saw the Great Thirteenth reincarnation in the aspect of Avalokiteshvara whose mind rests in its natural state. He furthered greatly the benefit of the teachings and of sentient beings in Tibet, Bhutan, and Mon (in north India). At the age of 64, he was invited to Tashi Lhunpo by the 19th Panchen Lama, Lobsang Thubten Chökyi Nyima, consecrated a statue of Maitreya and gave many teachings to great assemblies of disciples.
The 1st Serkong Dorjee Chang Rinpoche held the 83rd lineage Guru of Kalachakra. Known for His extraordinary achievements, He had a huge following and died in 1918, manifesting the merging of his mind into the sphere of dharma.
Maitreya Buddha in Tashilhunpo Monastery (Tibet)