Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Teacher (Lama) - Desi Sangye Gyatso

བླ་མ། 喇嘛
(item no. 8399)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1700 - 1799
Lineages Gelug and Buddhist
Material Metal, Mercuric Gild
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: Monastic

Gender: Male

TBRC: P421

Interpretation / Description

Desi Sanggye Gyatso (1653-1705 [P421]): regent of Tibet after the passing of the 5th Dalai Lama and responsible for the building of the Potala Palace. Sanggye Gyatso was the 3rd and last Desi in the employ of the 5th Dalai Lama.

In 1679 he became the Desi and in 1682 began construction of the Potala Palace. The great religious prayer festival and tea offerings to the three great Gelugpa monasteries in memory of the 5th Dalai Lama was instituted in 1684. In 1702 he reigned as regent and was murdered in 1705 by associates of Lhazang Khan. Je Konchog Wangchug was recognized by the 6th Dalai Lama as the Desi incarnation and the line continues to this day in Mongolia. [Source Tbrc].

Jeff Watt [added 2-2020]

ཐུགས་བསྐྱེད་སྨོན་པའི་སྟོབས་ལྡན་སེམས་དཔའ་ཆེ། མི་རྗེའི་ཚུལ་འཛིན་སངས་རྒྱས་རྒྱ་མཚོའི་སྐུའི། སྣང་བརྙན་འདི་བསྐྲུན་ཐུགས་རྗེས་དམིགས་ཡུལ་གྱིས། གཙོ་བྱས་བདག་སོགས་འདི་ཕྱིའི་སྨོན་འགྲུབ་ཤོག། ཞལ་གྲོའོ།

"With powerful prayer and aspiration,
The great bodhisattva Sanggye Gyatso appeared as a ruler,
By the blessing and purpose of creating this image,
May I and others fulfill the aspirations of this life and the next. Auspicious!"

Karma Gellek 2-2020

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