This picture was taken from the roof of Lachab monastery, the seat of the Ngaktrin tulkus and the young Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, before leaving his homeland and establishing Ka-Nying Shedrub Ling in Nepal. This far-away little Gompa is located in Nangchen, an ancient kingdom between Tibet and Derge. The present abbot Tsewang Dechen Rinpoche told me the following story:
It was founded by Ngawang Trinley, the oldest of three sons in the Tsangsar clan. He received monk ordination from the eleventh Karmapa, Yeshe Dorje (1676-1702), and as given the command to build the monastery Lachab Gompa. "It will bring great benefit to beings," the Karmapa said. Ngawang Trinley belonged mainly to the Barom Kagyu lineage, but he also practiced teachings from the Karma Kagyu and Nyingma. Barom Kagyu teachings he received from Tsangsar Rinchen Lhundrub and the Karma Kagyu teachings from the Karmapa Yeshe Dorje. Ngawang Trinley became a great lama who upheld and spread the Dharma. He was famed as being an incarnation of Gonpo Chakshipa, a wisdom protector. He died at an age above 60. The monastery he founded is named Lachab Jangchub Nordzin Choling and is situated in the Nangchen area of Kham. It lies in the nowadays Chinese province of Tso-ngon, Blue Lake, about 200 kilometers south of Nangchen Dzong.