Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Teacher (Lama) - Buddhashri

བླ་མ། 喇嘛
(item no. 77047)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1500 - 1599
Lineages Sakya, Ngor (Sakya) and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Publication: Wisdom Publications, Calender
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: Monastic

Gender: Male

TBRC: bdr:P3296

Interpretation / Description

Buddhashri, Sanggye Pal (1339-1420) surrounded by the lineage teachers of the Akshobhyavajra Guhyasamaja lineage. At the bottom center of the composition is the deity Manjuvajra, orange in colour with three faces and six hands.

Jeff Watt 12-2012

Little is known about the life of Sanggye Pal (sangs rgyas dpal, 1339-1420) other than who he studied with and, most notably, who he trained. Sanggye Pal was a disciple of the Sakya master Palden Tsultrim (dpal ldan tshul khrims, 1333-1399) and the Sakya/Kadampa master Togme Zangpo Pal (thogs med bzang po dpal, 1295-1369), who was abbot of Tara (rta ra) monastery from 1326 to 1333.

Sanggye Pal was an important guru to Ngorchen Kunga Zangpo (ngor chen kun dga' bzang po, 1382-1456) when the younger lama, then twenty-five years old, stayed at Shey monastery (zhe dgon).


Jackson, David. 1990. "Identification of Individual Teachers in Paintings of Sa-skya-pa Lineages." In Indo-Tibetan Studies: Papers in Honor and Appreciation of David L. Snellgrove's Contributions to Indo-Tibetan Studies, Tadeusz Skorupski, ed. Tring: Institute of Buddhist Studies.

Ngor chen kun dga bzang po. Grub chen bu+ddha shrI la stod pa. In Ngor chen kun dga' bzang po'i bka' 'bum, vol. 1, pp. 19-20.

Alexander Gardner, June 2010

[Extracted from the Treasury of Lives, Tibetan lineages website. Edited and formatted for inclusion on the Himalayan Art Resources website. October 2010].

Wisdom Calendar 1989 - July (full catalog list)

Secondary Images
Related Items
Publication: Wisdom Publications: Calendar Collection

Thematic Sets
Tradition: Sakya Teachers
Subject: Margapala/Lamdre Lineage [1] (Ngor set)
Subject: Margapala/Lamdre (Unpaired Lotus)
Subject: Ngor Tradition (Teachers)
Teacher: Buddhashri (Sanggye Pal)