Rechung Dorje Drak
One of the main disciples of Jetsün Milarepa. In later biographies, he is mentioned as the second most important of Milarepa’s students, the ‘moon-like’ disciple, with Gampopa being the foremost, and compared to the sun. Rechungpa, as his name suggests, was a cotton-clad yogin, unlike Gampopa who was a monk.
The first Phakchok incarnation was the 13th throne-holder at glorious Riwoche Monastery. Born in 1688 into the Taklung Gazi family, he was eventually ordained by Taksham Nuden Dorje, studied with numerous learned and accomplished masters and became, himself, a great pandita and siddha. After being enthroned at Yang-Gon, Phakchok Rinpoche the First’s activities expanded tremendously, both in secular and spiritual ways, and Kalsang Gyatso, the 7th Dalai Lama bestowed special honors on him. Moreover, the Emperor Yutrig conferred the Golden Credential upon him, and he was offered the Nomihan rank with the associated seal, palanquin, and parasol. After accomplishing immense benefit for the teachings and beings through his mastery in miraculous powers and clairvoyance, he passed into parinirvana. Each subsequent incarnation continued to display special qualities and immensely benefit beings.
- Tashi Wangyal Ngawang Drakpa Damchö Puntsok (b.1688), the thirteenth throne-holder of Riwoche Monastery
- Tashi Drakpa Gyaltsen (d.aged 62), the fifteenth throne-holder of Riwoche Monastery
- Chöying Lhundrup (d.1829), the seventeenth throne-holder of Riwoche Monastery
- Rinchen Lhundrup Drakpa Kunsel Nyima (b.1830), the nineteenth throne-holder of Riwoche Monastery
- Ngawang Kunga Namgyal (b.1913), the twenty-first throne-holder of Riwoche Monastery
- Ngawang Jikmé Drakpa Tubten Namgyal (d.1979), the twenty-second throne-holder of Riwoche Monastery
- Tendzin Jigmey Drakpa (b.1981), the current throne-holder of Riwoche Monastery