Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Teacher (Lama) - Tsongkapa

བླ་མ། 喇嘛
(item no. 92053)
Date Range 1600 - 1699
Collection U. of Michigan Museum of Anthropology
Catalogue # #9547 Koelz Collection
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 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
Thematic Sets
Teacher: Tsongkapa (Yogachara & Madhyamaka Lineages)
Teacher: Tsongkapa (Early Paintings, 15/16th Century)
Teacher: Tsongkhapa Main Page
Collection of University of Michigan (Koelz Collection)
Subject: Lineage Paintings - Dual
Painting Style: Guge Kingdom (Western Tibet)