rwa sgreng rin po che
thub bstan 'jam dpal ye shes rgyal mtshan
Gyaltsap Rimpoche, Regent
Born 1911 Died 1947
From the introduction to ÒWhoÕs Who in TibetÓ 1915/38
The Regent, Thupten Jampel Tishey Gyantsen, was born about 1911 of humble parents. At an early age he showed signs of divinity and was discovered to be the fifth Incarnation of the head Lama of Reting Monastery. He studied in Sera monastery for his degree of Geshe. In 1934 after the death of the Dalai Lama he was appointed Regent. This is said to have been in accordance with the wishes of the late Dalai Lama. In 1933 he visited the Cho-Kor-Gye lake in search of signs of the re-incarnation of the Dalai Lama. In 1936 he expressed his desire to resign the office of Regent but was persuaded to remain, on the understanding that his orders would be unquestioningly obeyed. During the stay of the British Mission at Lhasa in 1936-37 he again expressed the wish to resign but appeared ready to postpone this action until the re-incarnation of the Dalai Lama should be discovered. In 1936 he visited Samye in order to perform the consecration ceremony at the re-opening of the monastery after extensive repairs. He seems eager to visit India on pilgrimage. Beneath a frail and mild exterior he conceals considerable determination. He subsequently resigned the Regency after the new re incarnation had been found.
He is usually addressed as the Gyaltsap (Gyetsap) Rinpoche.
[Reting died after the so called "Reting Conspiracy" on 8th May, 1947, in prison in Lhasa. ]
Page references from Who's Who in Tibet
1942 (page 27) 1945 (page 35) 1949 (page 99)