Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Teacher (Lama) - Tsongkapa

བླ་མ། 喇嘛
(item no. 74029)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1400 - 1499
Lineages Gelug and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: Monastic

Gender: Male

TBRC: bdr:P64

Interpretation / Description

Lama Tsongkapa, Lobzang Dragpa, also known as Je Rinpoche (1357-1419): founder of the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism.

Tsongkapa Biographical Details

Tsongkapa established the Ganden Monastery in central Tibet which became the principal seat of the Gelug School. Beginning with Tsongkapa, each of the successive Throne Holders of Ganden Monastery are considered the heads of the Gelug Tradition. In this early composition Tsongkapa is portrayed as the principal figure along with the two most important disciples standing at the right and left, accompanied by the two most important groups of lineage teachers from India known as the Yogachara and Madhyamaka philosophical lineage traditions.

Standing at the proper right of Tsongkapa is Dharma Rinchen. On the left side is Dragpa Gyaltsen.

Jeff Watt 7-2011

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Tibetan Painted Scrolls II. Tanka n. 10 (Plates 8-12). SDI Publication. Pages 339-346.

Awaken: A Tibetan Buddhist Journey Toward Enlightenment.

Secondary Images
Related Items
Publication: Tibetan Painted Scrolls

Thematic Sets
Teacher: Tsongkapa (Early Paintings, 15/16th Century)
Teacher: Tsongkhapa Main Page
Subject: Lineage Paintings - Dual
Teacher: Tsongkapa (Yogachara & Madhyamaka Lineages)