The Treasury of Lives

Drepung is one of the three major Geluk monasteries of Lhasa. It was founded in 1416 by Jamyang Choje Tashi Pelden, a disciple of Tsongkhapa.  It contains the Ganden Podrang residence which served as the seat of the Dalai Lamas until the seventeenth century. The entire monastery was initially administered from the office of the Drepung Throne holder; since the time of the Fifth Dalai Lama the custom has been that the senior abbot of the two principle colleges, Gomang or Loseling, has served as head of Drepung. Of the seven colleges that were once part of the monastery, only four survive, the two others being the Ngakpa Dratsang and Deyang.

Drepung Monastery

Incarnation Lines

Abbots & Officers

Throne Holder

1. First Throne Holder Jamyang Choje Tashi Pelden [1416 - 1449]
2. Second Throne Holder dpal ldan seng+ge [1449 - ]
3. Third Throne Holder rgyal mtshan bzang po [ - ]
4. Fourth Throne Holder Lobzang Nyima [ - ]
5. Fifth Throne Holder blo bzang nyi ma [ - 1492]
6. Sixth Throne Holder shAkya rin chen [ - ]
7. Seventh Throne Holder Monlam Pelwa [1481 - ]
8. Eighth Throne Holder legs pa chos 'byor [ - ]
9. Ninth Throne Holder yon tan rgya mtsho [ - ]
10. Tenth Throne Holder Gendun Gyatso [1517 - 1535]
11. Eleventh Throne Holder Paṇchen Sonam Drakpa [1535 - 1551]
12. Twelfth Throne Holder Sonam Gyatso [1564 - ]
13. Thirteenth Throne Holder Yonten Gyatso [ - ]
14. Fourteenth Throne Holder Lobzang Chokyi Gyeltsen [ - ]
15. Fifteenth Throne Holder Ngawang Lobzang Gyatso [ - ]
 

Throne-Holder at Drepung Monastery

Throne-Holder at Drepung Monastery pad+ma rgyal mtshan [? - ]
Throne-Holder at Drepung Monastery bstan pa bstan 'dzin [? - ]

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The Demoness of Tibet

The Demoness of Tibet is a close copy of a well-known image located in the Tibet Museum in Lhasa. The landscape of TIbet is shown as the mythical demoness of Tibetan legend. At key physical locations on her body are located important Buddhist temples and monasteries.

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The Potala Palace and the Main Monuments of Lhasa

This painting shows major sites of Lhasa including the Jokhang, Potala Palace and Lukhang. The monasteries of Sera, Drepung, and Sangpu Neutok are also pictured. It is possible that the image depicts activities during Losar festivities.

 

 

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