Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Teacher (Lama) - Tsongkapa

བླ་མ། 喇嘛
(item no. 74029)
Lineages Buddhist
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: Monastic

Gender: Male


Interpretation / Description

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

Tsongkapa Biographical Details

Jeff Watt 7-2011

Secondary Images
Related Items
Publication: Tibetan Painted Scrolls

Thematic Sets
Teacher: Tsongkapa (Early Paintings)
Teacher: Tsongkapa Main Page
Subject: Lineage Paintings - Dual
Teacher: Tsongkapa (Yogachara & Madhyamaka Lineages)