Tsangyang Gyatso, 6th Dalai Lama

Tsangyang Gyatso, 6th Dalai Lama

Infobox Monarch
name =Tsangyang Gyatso
title =6th Dalai Lama of Tibet

caption =
reign = 1688/1697–1706
coronation =
othertitles =
full name =
predecessor =Lobsang Gyatso, 5th Dalai Lama
successor =Kelzang Gyatso, 7th Dalai Lama
suc-type =
heir =
queen =
consort =
spouse 1 =
spouse 2 =
spouse 3 =
spouse 4 =
spouse 5 =
spouse 6 =
issue =
royal house =Dalai Lama
dynasty =
royal anthem =
father =
mother =
date of birth =1683
place of birth =
date of death =November 15, 1706
place of death =
age= 31 date of burial =
place of burial =|

Tsangyang Gyatso (Tibetan: 'ཚངས་དབྱངས་རྒྱ་མཚོ', Wylie transliteration: "Tshangs dbyangs Rgya mtsho") (1683 – November 15 1706) was the sixth Dalai Lama. He was a Monpa by ethnicity. He led a playboy lifestyle and disappeared, near Kokonor probably murdered on his way to China in 1706. Tsangyang Gyatso composed poems and songs that are still immensely popular in Tibet to this day.

Early life

Tsangyang was born on 1st March, 1683 in Tawang (in modern Arunachal Pradesh, India) to Lama Tashi Tenzin of Urgeling, a descendant of the treasure revealer Pema Lingpa, and Tsewang Lhamo, a Monpa girl hailing from a royal family of Bekhar Village. ["The Sixth Dalai Lama TSEWANG GYALTSO." [http://namgyalmonastery.org/hhdl/hhdl6] ]

There are many stories about the life and death of Tsangyang Gyatso.

There are several legendary tales about the birth of Tsangyang. Apparently, His mother, Tsewang, had experienced a few miracles prior to the birth of Tsangyang Gyamtso. One day, within the first month of her pregnancy, she was husking paddy in the stone mortar. To her surprise, water started accumulating in the mortar. On another occasion, when Tsewang drank water at a near by place, milk started gushing out in place of water. Since then, this stream was known as "Oma-Tsikang", literally known as milky water.

In the course of time, Tsewang gave birth to a boy who was named Sanje Tenzin, with Tsangyang's grandfather and Nawang Norbu with his father. Due to this fact, legend said that he would not drink his mother's milk from the day after their birth. One day, when his face began to swell from an infection, Tsangyang could hardly open his eye, two local diviners were summoned. They prescribed purifactory rite and said that his name should be changed to Ngawang Gyamtso.

His recovery was credited by the regent to the intervention of the Dalai Lama's own guardian deity, Dorje Dakpa. The grandfather dreamt that the child was constantly being protected by heavenly beings. The mother dreamt, as she took a rest from her weaving, that a great company had arrived to take him off. His paternal grandmother dreamt of two suns shining in the sky.

A party of lamas from Tibet came to Tawang 1697,Fact|date=November 2007 after the fifth Dalai Lama, Lobsang Gyatso claimed that he would be the re-incarnation of the Dalai Lama upon his death. At that moment, Tsangyang was playing with his playmates at a place about a kilometer east of Urgelling Gompa. Upon hearing that his mother was shouting for his immediate return, he used his finger and wrote on a stone slab the words "lama kheno" ("Lama protect us"). Miraculously, these words were inscribed on the slab and to this day, they can still be found on it.Fact|date=November 2007

Historical Background

Although Lozang Gyatso, the 5th Dalai Lama, had died in 1682, the Regent Desi Sangye Gyatso (Sangs-rgyas rgya-mtsho) kept his death a secret - partly to continue the stable administration, and partly to gain time for the completion of the Potala. The five-year-old reincarnation was discovered in 1688, but immeditely sent to Nankartse, not far from Lhasa, where he was kept concealed by the Regent until 1697 when he sent a delegation to the Chinese Emperor in 1697 to announce that the Fifth Dalai Lama had died and Sixth had been discovered. ["The Sixth Dalai Lama TSEWANG GYALTSO." [http://namgyalmonastery.org/hhdl/hhdl6] ]

The regent invited the Fifth Panchen Lama, Lobsang Yeshi to administer the vows of a novice monk on the young man at Nankartse and named him Tsang Gyatso. In October 1697, Tsangyang Gyatso was enthroned as the Sixth Dalai Lama. ["The Sixth Dalai Lama TSEWANG GYALTSO." [http://namgyalmonastery.org/hhdl/hhdl6] ]

In 1701 Lhasang Khan, a Mongol king and ally of the Chinese, had the Regent, Sangye Gyatso, killed. This greatly upset the young Dalai Lama who left his studies and even visited Lobsang Yeshe, the 5th Panchen Lama in Shigatse and renounced his novice monk vows. ["The Sixth Dalai Lama TSEWANG GYALTSO." [http://namgyalmonastery.org/hhdl/hhdl6] ]

Life as a Dalai Lama

As a Dalai Lama, Tsangyang had composed excellent works of songs and poems, but often went against the principles of the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism. For example, he decided to give his Getsul vow to the Panchen Lama Lobsang Yeshi Palsangpo at eighteen, instead of taking the usual Gelong.

The Panchen Lama, who was the abbot of Tashilhupo monastery, and Prince Lhazang, the younger brother of the Po Gyalpo Wangyal, persuaded him not to do so.

Tsangyang Gyatso, enjoyed a lifestyle that included drinking, the company of women, and writing love songs. [Alexandra David-Neel, "Initiation and Initiates in Tibet", trans. by Fred Rothwell, New York: University Books, 1959] [Yu Dawchyuan, "Love Songs of the Sixth Dalai Lama", "Academia Sinica Monograph", Series A, No.5, 1930] He visited Lobsang Yeshe, the Fifth Panchen Lama, in Shigatse and requesting his forgiveness, renounced the vows of a novice monk. ["The Sixth Dalai Lama TSEWANG GYALTSO." [http://namgyalmonastery.org/hhdl/hhdl6] ]

Tsangyang Gyatso had always rejected life as a monk, although this did not mean the abdication of his position as the Dalai Lama. Wearing the clothes of a normal layman and preferring to walk than to ride a horse or use the state palanquin, Tsangyang only kept the temporal prerogatives of the Dalai Lama. He also visited the parks and spent nights in the streets of Lhasa, drinking wine, singing songs and having amorous relations with girls. Tsangyang retreated to live in a tent in the park near the northern escarpment of Potala. Tsangyang finally gave up his discourses in public parks and places in 1702, which he was required to do so as part of his training.

Capture and disappearance

Using the Dalai Lama's behaviour as an excuse, Lhazang Khan, the king of the Qośot Mongols, and an ally of the Chinese Emperor, killed the Regent, and kidnapped the Sixth Dalai Lama who was killed or died soon after on the way to China. [Stein, R. A. (1972). "Tibetan Civilization", p. 85. Stanford University Press. ISBN 0-8047-0806-1 (cloth); ISBN 0-8047-0901-7 (paper).]

On the June 28 1706, Lhazang Khan deposed Tsangyang, and installed a 25-year-old Lama. Ngwaang Yeshi Gyatso, as the next Dalai Lama in 1707, claiming that he was the true rebirth of Lobsang Gyatso. However, the Gelukpa dignitaries, and the Tibetan people, rejected Lhazang Khan's installation of Ngwaang Yeshi Gyatso, and recognised Tsangyang as the true reincarnation. [Stein, R. A. (1972). "Tibetan Civilization", p. 85. Stanford University Press. ISBN 0-8047-0806-1 (cloth); ISBN 0-8047-0901-7 (paper).] [Chapman, F. Spencer. (1940). "Lhasa: The Holy City", p. 127. Readers Union Ltd. London.]

While being taken out of the country, Tsangyang composed a poem which some say foretold of his next birth. "White crane lend me your wings. I will not fly far. From Lithang I shall return." Tsangyang died mysteriously near Kokonor, on November 15th, 1706, which is why there is no tomb for him in the Potala. [Buckley, Michael and Strauss, Robert. (1986). "Tibet: a travel survival kit", p. 45. Lonely Planet Publications. South Yarra, Vic., Australia. ISBN 0-908086-88-1.] Rumours persisted he had escaped and lived in secrecy somewhere between China and Mongolia

The Tibetans then appealed to the Dzungar Mongols who invaded Tibet and killed Lhazang Khan in late 1717. [Stein, R. A. (1972). "Tibetan Civilization", p. 85. Stanford University Press. ISBN 0-8047-0806-1 (cloth); ISBN 0-8047-0901-7 (paper).]

Tsangyang was succeeded by Kelzang Gyatso who was born in Lithang.


Further reading

* Mullin, Glenn H. (2001). "The Fourteen Dalai Lamas: A Sacred Legacy of Reincarnation", pp. 238-271. Clear Light Publishers. Santa Fe, New Mexico. ISBN 1-57416-092-3.


Upon the discovery of a new monkey species hanging in the forest of West Kameng, the Indian government has now created a new protected area in 2003, which is known as the Tsangyang Gyatso Biosphere Reserve. [http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2004-12/wcs-nmd121504.php]


Tsangyang Gyatso is a subject in the Chinese new age singer Dadawa's song "The Sixth Dalai Lama's Love Song".


* [http://www.north-east-india.com/arunachal-pradesh/urguelling-monastery.html Urgelling Monastery]

External links

* [http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4073630.stm Erotic verse sheds light on 'playboy Lama' - BBC News article]
* [http://theseoultimes.com/ST/?url=/ST/db/read.php?idx=2036 Tsangyang Gyatso: The Rebel Dalai Lama, by Mr. K. Dhondup]

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Kelzang Gyatso, 7th Dalai Lama — Infobox Monarch name =Kelzang Gyatso title =7th Dalai Lama of Tibet caption = reign =?/1720 1757 coronation = othertitles = full name = predecessor =Tsangyang Gyatso, 6th Dalai Lama successor =Jamphel Gyatso, 8th Dalai Lama suc type = heir =… …   Wikipedia

  • Lozang Gyatso, 5th Dalai Lama — Infobox Monarch name =Lobsang Gyatso title =5th Dalai Lama of Tibet caption = reign =1618 1682 coronation = othertitles = native lang1 =Tibetan native lang1 name1=བློ་བཟང་རྒྱ་མཚོ་ native lang2 =Wylie translit. native lang2 name1=blo bzang rgya… …   Wikipedia

  • Dalai Lama — This article is about the Dalai Lama lineage. For the current Dalai Lama, see 14th Dalai Lama. Dalai Lama Gendun Drup, 1st Dalai Lama Reign 1391–2005 …   Wikipedia

  • 5th Dalai Lama — Lobsang Gyatso redirects here. For the monk, see Lobsang Gyatso (monk). Ngawang Lobsang Gyatso 5th Dalai Lama Reign 1617–1682 Predecessor Yonten Gyatso …   Wikipedia

  • 2nd Dalai Lama — Gendun Gyatso 2nd Dalai Lama Reign 1492–1542 Predecessor Gendun Drup Successor Sonam Gyatso …   Wikipedia

  • Tenzin Gyatso — Dalaï lama Tenzin Gyatso en juin 2005. Tenzin Gyatso Nom de naissance Lhamo Dhondup …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Tshangyang Gyatsho — Tibetische Bezeichnung Tibetische Schrift: ཚངས་དབྱངས་རྒྱ་མཚོ Wylie Transliteration: tshangs dbyangs rgya mtsho Aussprache in IPA: [tsʰaŋjaŋ catsʰɔ] Offizielle Transkripti …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Monpa people — Monpa Alternative names: Menba, Moinba, Monba, Menpa, Mongba Total population 78,000 Regions with significant populations Arunachal Pradesh, India:    50,000 …   Wikipedia

  • 1706 — Year 1706 (MDCCVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 11 day slower Julian calendar). Year 1706 of the Swedish calendar was a common… …   Wikipedia

  • March 1 — << March 2011 >> Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 1 2 3 …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.