Majesty Ashi Phuntsho Choden, affectionately known to the Bhutanese people
as Gayum Angay, passed away peacefully on the morning of August 24 at her
retreat residence in Dechenchholing. She was 92 years old.
of a lineage that goes far back into the origins of Bhutan's spiritual
and royal history, Her Majesty Ashi Phuntsho Choden's royal ancestry lies
in the sacred prophesies that foretold the advent of dynamic saints and
rulers that continue today.
Phuntsho Choden was a descendant of the Tamzhing Choeje nobility. Known
as the Myo family, the lineage saw an unbroken succession of extraordinary
personalities who shaped Bhutanese history over the centuries.
among them was Rigzin Pem Lingpa, born to Sumthrang Choeje Dhendrup Zangpo
in 1450. This great Terton, who fulfilled Guru Rinpoche's prophecy and
revealed sacred treasures that protected and strengthened Bhutan's Buddhist
heritage, established the Tamzhing Lhundup Choling in Bumthang.
Phuntsho Choden was born in 1911 at Wangdue Choling Palace to Chumed Zhalgno
Dasho Jamyang of the Tamzhing Choeje family and Ashi Decho, daughter of
Ashi Yeshey Choden who was the sister of Druk Gyalpo Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck.