Shabdrung Jigme Dorje (1905-1931) was the sixth rebirth of the Shabdrung's aspect of the mind. He was the last rebirth of the Shabdrung who was appointed Bhutan's head abbot.
Photo by F. M. Bailey, 1927; loan from the British Library
Chogley Yeshey Ngodrup (1851-1917) was the fifth rebirth of the Shabdrung's aspect of speech. He was the 57th and last secular ruler before the establishment of the monarchy. From 1915 until his death in 1917 he also functioned as Bhutan's 53rd head abbot.
Photo by J. C. White, 1905; loan from a private collection
Thangka, cloth applique and silk embroidery; 19th century; H: 270 cm; loan from the National Museums & Galleries on Merseyside, Liverpool
Tenzin Rabgye was a confidant of the Shabdrung's, which was a reason the Shabdrung decided on him as his successor. When the Shabdrung entered his last meditation, he gave the following order: »As soon as he shows the necessary maturity, hand over to him the responsibility for all the important and unimportant monastic affairs.«
When Tenzin Rabgye took over his office as fourth desi*, he left the monastic community to get married and continue the family line