Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Teacher (Lama) - Tsongkapa

བླ་མ། 喇嘛
(item no. 81819)
Date Range 1960 -
Lineages Gelug and Buddhist
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Paper
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: Monastic

Gender: Male


Interpretation / Description

Tsongkapa, Lobsang Dragpa (1357-1419) was the founder of the Gelugpa School of Tibetan Buddhism. He established the Ganden Monastery which became the principal seat of the school. Beginning with Tsongkapa, the successive Throne Holders of Ganden Monastery are the heads of the Gelugpa Tradition.

Pema Rinzin (Tibetan, b. 1966) Tsongkapa, 2006 Mineral pigments and gold on rice paper. Courtesy of the artist.

This image of Tsongkapa, the founder of the Gelug lineage, was painted by Pema Rinzin using traditional materials. This painting is an example of a finished work by RMA's Artist-in-Residence, Pema Rinzin, and shows the unique composition and style that he brings to his work.

(Courtesy of Rubin Museum of Art, NY)

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