Chogyal Jampal Tendzin, who belonged to the royal lineage of first Tibetan king Nyatri Tsenpo, became the king of Central Tibet and reigned specially in Tsang Yeri. Nyatri Tsenpo, who was the first king of Tibet, belonged to the original family of the kings called Mangpo Kurwei Gyud (in Tibetan) and this Kurwei Gyul Gyud were related to the lineage of Shakyamuni’s father. These Tibetan kings related to the Shakyamuni’s father played a prominent role in ruling Tibet followed by some of the famous Tibetan kings like Tsrongtsen Gampo , Trisong Detsen,etc.Chogyal Jampal Tendzin’s son named Ngadhag Ula Druptop Tashi Namgyal moved to Nubri to avoid war in Tibet and he learnt of a prophecy of Guru Rinpoche describing the situation and giving directions to the three locations of Kyimolung( one of the seven holy places hidden by Guru Rinpoche), Kudang ( later known as Nubri and Tsum). Ngadhag Tashi Namgyal relinquished the responsibility of king of the Ngadhag Sheri lineage and got married in Nubri which was part of Tibet under Purang Dzong in Kyirong. He built a temple named Ga Kyid Lhakhang for himself and a monastery called Pema Choling for the community. Thus began the Ngadhag lineage in ‘Ro’ called Samagaun. Ngadhag Senge Namgyal, Ngadhag Tri Sonam Tendzin , Ngadhag Kunzang Yeshe Gyurme, Ngadhag Druptop Tenbi Gyaltsen, Ngadhag Gyurme Nyendrang, Ngadhag Rigzin Trinley Oser were all the descendants of Ngadhag Tashi Namgyal. Ngadhag Trinley Gyatso who was the nineth generation holder passed away at the age of 46 while his son (Ngadhag Karma, nephew of Ngadhag Tashi Dorje) was still young . So the village leaders requested Ngadhag Tashi Dorje (brother of Ngadhag Trinley Gyatso) to assume the responsibilities of monastery.
Ngadhag Tashi Dorje received important teachings from many high lamas like 16th Karmapa , Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche , Tulku Orgen Rinpoche, Choekling Rinpoche and Dakar Rinpoche. He was the most respected Lama in the whole Nubri area and he had a very close link with Tulku Orgen Rinpoche . He invited Tulku Orgen (Urgyen ???) Rinpoche and his family members to Nubri and organised a special prayer ceremony for the chanting of millions of Vajra Guru mantras. When the Jowo statue from Kyirong was being taken through Nubri to His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Dharamsala, Ngadhag Tashi Dorje arranged for the statue to remain for one month at Pema Choling monastery so that the villagers could receive its blessing. Ngadhag Tashi Dorje strived hard for overall monastery’s works and he was the grandfather of Tsoknyi Rinpoche and Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche. At the age of 56 after handling many monastery works for 17 years, he handed over his monastery’s responsibilities to his nephew Ngadhag Karma. He remained in village for 15 more years and then descended down to Tergar Oseling Monastery in Kathmandu at the age of 72. He had given many empowerments and teachings to the local dharma practitioners and others. He did many dharma practices.
At the age of 99, Ngadhag Tashi Dorje passed away and this incident gave a heartbreaking news for all the Nubri residents. Ngadhag Tashi Dorje stayed in meditation posture for three days after his demise. The locals were in intense sorrow for losing one of their great precious master and mourned for many days. At the sad demise of their great master, the head lama and the local people’s leaders in village pleaded Tsoknyi Rinpoche and Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche to let them bring the deceased body to the village for cremation ceremony to receive the blessing and since the deceased bodies of previous Ngadhag lineage masters have been cremated in village, the locals also want to cremate the deceased body of Ngadhag Tashi Dorje in the same valley.
The deceased body of Ngadhag Tashi Dorje will be ferried to village via helicopter initiating from 13th of July depending on the favourable weather conditions within 5 days from 13th-17th July. We will be having 5 days of pujas and offering which will commence from 13th July to 17th july in the local community monastery called Nubri Ngayur Pema Choling temple which is situated in Samagaun. The cremation ceremony will be held on 18th July after the completion of five days pujas and offerings.