Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Teacher (Lama) - Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyaltsen

བླ་མ། 喇嘛
(item no. 935)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1700 - 1799
Lineages Sakya
Size 57.79x45.72cm (22.75x18in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Catalogue # acc.# P1999.35.1
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Person

Appearance: Monastic

Gender: Male

TBRC: bdr:P1056

Interpretation / Description

Top left: Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyaltsen.
Top right: Chogyal Pagpa.
Bottom left: Shang Konchog Pal.
Bottom right: Nasa Dragpugpa.

Jeff Watt 8-2003

Nasa Dragpugpa Sonam Pal

Nasa Dragpugpa Sonam Pal (1277-1346/50. na bza' brag phug pa bsod nams dpal) was a student of Zhangton Konchog Pal (zhang ston dkon mchog dpal, 1250-1317), from whom he received the Lamdre teachings. He passed the Lamdre lineage on to Lama Palden Tsultrim (dpal ldan tshul khrims, 1333-1399), a teacher of Ngorchen Kunga Zangpo (ngor chen kun dga' bzang po, 1382-1456).

Dragpugpa also studied with the Sakya lamas Zhang Gandenpa Kunga Sonam (zhang dga' ldan pa kun dga' bsod nams, d.u.) and Sempa Chenpo Zhonnu Drubpa (sems dpa' chen po gzhon nu grub pa, d.u.)

Among his disciples were prominent Sakya lamas such as Lama Dampa Sonam Gyaltsen (bla ma dam pa bsod nams rgyal mtshan, 1312-1375) and Sakya Dagchen Jamyang Donyo Gyaltsen (sa skya bdag chen 'jam dbyangs don yod rgyal mtshan, 1310-1344).


A biography of Dragpugpa by Palden Lodro (dpal ldan blo gros) is listed in the second volume of Elena De Rossi Filibeck's catalog of Tucci's Tibetan text collection in the Library of IsAO, Rome (p. 334, no. 670.4). See De Rossi Filibeck, Elena. 2003. Catalogue of the Tucci Tibetan Fund in the Library of IsAO, v. 2. Rome: Isiao Ist. Italiano Per L'Africa E L'Oriente. Sonam Dondrub (bsod nams don grub) lists a second biography, by Lodro Tenpa (blo gros brtan pa) in his catalog of Tibetan Histories (no. 0561). See Bsod nams don grub, Bod kyi lo rgyus dpe tho. 2000. Lhasa: Bod ljongs mi dmangs dpe skrun khang.

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].

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