Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Teacher (Lama) - Go Lotsawa Zhonnu Pal

བླ་མ། 喇嘛
(item no. 68495)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1400 - 1499
Lineages Kagyu and Buddhist
Material Metal
Collection Nyingjei Lam
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: Monastic

Gender: Male

TBRC: bdr:P318

Interpretation / Description

Go Lotsawa Zhonnu Pal 1392-1481 [TBRC P318], the famous author of the Blue Annals. (See the Go Lotsawa Main Page & Biography).

The Blue Annals is an eclectic history of Tibetan Buddhism up to the late 15th century. It was translated into English and published by George Roerich in 1949. It has recently been digitized by THDL at the University of Virginia and can be found on the THDL website.

On the Composition and Printings of the Deb gter sngon po by 'Gos lo tsā ba gzhon nu dpal (1392-1481). Leonard W. J. van der Kuijp, Harvard University.

Shonnu Pal should not be confused with Khampa Ga Lotsawa Shonnu Pal (12th century [P3674]), a teacher of Sachen Kunga Nyingpo and Pagmodrubpa Dorje Gyalpo, or Go Lotsawa Khugpa Lhatse (11th century [P3458]), a student of Atisha, a teacher of Khon Konchog Gyalpo, and the first Tibetan teacher counted as a pre-incarnation of the Panchen Lama lineage of incarnate teachers.

There are two more teachers known as Ga and Go Lotsawa although some what less famous. Palchen Ga Lotsawa Namgyal Dorje (1203-1282 [P1244]) is so named because he was the incarnation of an earlier Ga Lotsawa. At Shalu Monastery there was also another Go Lotsawa named Chokyong Zangpo (1441-1527/1538 [P856]).

Jeff Watt 1-2012

Tibetan Printed Script (Uchen)
English Transliteration: Homage to the omniscient Zhonnu Pal!
Wylie Transliteration: thams cas mkhyen pa gzhon nu dpal la na ma.

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