The Treasury of Lives

Philipp Roelli

Ganden Monastery was founded in 1409 by Tsongkhapa Lobzang Drakpa outside of Lhasa. Its abbot, the Ganden Tripa, is the nominal head of the Geluk tradition. Along with Sera and Drepung, it is one of the three Geluk monastic universities of central Tibet. Its two main colleges, Jangtse and Shartse, were founded by two of Tsongkhapa's disciples, Namkha Pelzangpo and Neten Rongyelwa. The tantric college of Gyudra was established by another student, Sherab Sengge.

Ganden

Incarnation Lines

Abbots & Officers

Ganden Tripa

1. First Ganden Tripa Tsongkhapa Lobzang Drakpa -
2. Second Ganden Tripa Gyeltsabje Darma Rinchen 1419 - 1431
3. Third Ganden Tripa Khedrubje Gelek Pelzang 1431 - 1438
4. Fourth Ganden Tripa Lekpa Gyeltsen 1438 - 1450
5. Fifth Ganden Tripa Lodro Chokyong 1450 - 1463
6. Sixth Ganden Tripa Baso Chokyi Gyeltsen 1463 - 1473
7. Seventh Ganden Tripa Lodro Tenpa 1473 - 1479
8. Eighth Ganden Tripa Monlam Pelwa 1480 - 1489
9. Ninth Ganden Tripa Lobzang Nyima 1490 - 1492
10. Tenth Ganden Tripa Yeshe Zangpo 1492 - 1498
11. Eleventh Ganden Tripa Lobzang Drakpa 1499 - 1511
12. Twelfth Ganden Tripa Sherab Dar Lekpai Lodro 1511 - 1516
13. Thirteenth Ganden Tripa Chokyi Shenyen 1516 - 1521
14. Fourteenth Ganden Tripa Rinchen Ozer 1522 - 1528
15. Fifteenth Ganden Tripa Paṇchen Sonam Drakpa 1529 - 1535
16. Sixteenth Ganden Tripa Chokyong Gyatso 1534 - 1539
17. Seventeenth Ganden Tripa Dorje Zangpo 1539 - 1546
18. Eighteenth Ganden Tripa Gyeltsen Zangpo 1546 - 1548
19. Nineteenth Ganden Tripa Ngawang Chodrak 1548 - 1552
20. Twentieth Ganden Tripa Chodrak Zangpo 1552 - 1559
21. Twenty-first Ganden Tripa Gelek Pelzang 1559 - 1565
22. Twenty-second Ganden Tripa Gendun Tenpa Dargye 1565 - 1568
23. Twenty-Third Ganden Tripa Tseten Gyatso 1568 - 1575
24. Twenty-Fourth Ganden Tripa Jampa Gyatso 1575 - 1582
25. Twenty-fifth Ganden Tripa Peljor Gyatso 1582 - 1589
26. Twenty-Sixth Ganden Tripa Damcho Pelbar 1589 - 1596
27. Twenty-Seventh Ganden Tripa Sanggye Rinchen 1596 - 1603
28. Twenty-eighth Ganden Tripa Gendun Gyeltsen 1603 - 1607
29. Twenty-Ninth Ganden Tripa Shenyen Drakpa 1607 - 1614
30. Thirtieth Ganden Tripa Lodro Gyatso 1615 - 1618
31. Thirty-first Ganden Tripa Damcho Pelwa 1618 - 1620
32. Thirty-second Ganden Tripa Tsultrim Chopel 1620 - 1623
33. Thirty-third Ganden Tripa Drakpa Gyatso 1623 - 1627
34. Thirty-fourth Ganden Tripa Ngawang Chokyi Gyeltsen 1627 - 1629
35. Thirty-fifth Ganden Tripa Konchok Chopel 1629 - 1637
36. Thirty-sixth Ganden Tripa Tenzin Lekshe 1638 -
37. Thirty-seventh Ganden Tripa Gendun Rinchen Gyeltsen 1638 - 1642
38. Thirty-eighth Ganden Tripa Tenpa Gyeltsen 1643 - 1647
39. Thirty-ninth Ganden Tripa Konchok Chozang 1648 - 1654
40. Fortieth Ganden Tripa Pelden Gyeltsen 1655 - 1662
41. Forty-first Ganden Tripa Lobzang Gyeltsen 1662 - 1668
42. Forty-second Ganden Tripa Lobzang Donyo 1668 - 1675
43. Forty-third Ganden Tripa Jampa Tashi 1675 - 1681
44. Forty-fourth Ganden Tripa Lodro Gyatso 1682 - 1685
45. Forty-fifth Ganden Tripa Tsultrim Dargye 1695 - 1699
46. Forty-sixth Ganden Tripa Jinpa Gyatso 1692 - 1695
47. Forty-seventh Ganden Tripa Lobzang Chopel 1699 - 1701
48. Forty-eighth Ganden Tripa Dondrub Gyatso 1702 - 1707
49. Forty-ninth Ganden Tripa Lobzang Dargye 1708 - 1714
50. Fiftieth Ganden Tripa Gendun Puntsok 1714 - 1721
51. Fifty-first Ganden Tripa Pelden Drakpa 1721 - 1728
52. Fifty-second Ganden Tripa Ngawang Tsepel 1728 - 1732
53. Fifty-third Ganden Tripa Gyeltsen Sengge 1732 - 1738
54. Fifty-fourth Ganden Tripa Ngawang Chokden 1739 - 1746
55. Fifty-fifth Ganden Tripa Ngawang Namkha Zangpo 1746 - 1750
56. Fifty-sixth Ganden Tripa Lobzang Drime 1750 - 1757
57. Fifty-seventh Ganden Tripa Samten Puntsok 1757 - 1764
58. Fifty-eighth Ganden Tripa Ngawang Chodrak 1764 - 1778
59. Fifty-ninth Ganden Tripa Ngawang Chodrak 1771 - 1772
60. Sixtieth Ganden Tripa Lobzang Tenpa 1772 - 1777
61. Sixty-first Ganden Tripa Ngawang Tsultrim 1778 - 1785
62. Sixty-second Ganden Tripa Lobzang Monlam 1793 - 1794
63. Sixty-third Ganden Tripa Lobzang Khechok 1792 - 1793
64. Sixty-fourth Ganden Tripa Lobzang Tashi 1794 - 1800
65. Sixty-fifth Ganden Tripa Gendun Tsultrim 1801 - 1807
66. Sixty-sixth Ganden Tripa Ngawang Nyendrak 1807 - 1813
67. Sixty-seventh Ganden Tripa Jamyang Monlam 1814 - 1814
68. Sixty-eighth Ganden Tripa Lobzang Gelek 1815 - 1816
69. Sixty-ninth Ganden Tripa Jangchub Chopel 1816 - 1822
70. Seventieth Ganden Tripa Ngawang Chopel 1822 - 1828
71. Seventy-first Ganden Tripa Yeshe Tardo 1829 - 1830
72. Seventy-second Ganden Tripa Jampel Tsultrim 1831 - 1837
73. Seventy-third Ganden Tripa Ngawang Jampel Tsultrim Gyatso 1837 - 1843
74. Seventy-fourth Ganden Tripa Lobzang Lhundrub 1843 - 1847
75. Seventy-fifth Ganden Tripa Ngawang Lungtok Yonten Gyatso 1850 - 1853
76. Seventy-sixth Ganden Tripa Lobzang Khyenrab Wangchuk 1853 - 1859
77. Seventy-seventh Ganden Tripa Tsultrim Dargye 1859 - 1864
78. Seventy-eighth Ganden Tripa Jamyang Damcho 1864 - 1869
79. Seventy-ninth Ganden Tripa Lobzang Jinpa 1869 - 1874
80. Eightieth Ganden Tripa Drakpa Dondrub 1874 - 1879
81. Eighty-first Ganden Tripa Ngawang Norbu 1879 - 1884
82. Eighty-second Ganden Tripa Yeshe Chopel 1884 - 1889
83. Eighty-third Ganden Tripa Jangchub Namkha 1889 - 1894
84. Eighty-fourth Ganden Tripa Lobzang Tsultrim 1894 - 1899
85. Eighty-fifth Ganden Tripa Lobzang Tsultrim Pelden 1896 - 1899
86. Eighty-sixth Ganden Tripa Lobzang Gyeltsen 1900 - 1907
87. Eighty-seventh Ganden Tripa Ngawang Lobzang Tenpai Gyeltsen 1907 - 1914
88. Eighty-eight Ganden Tripa Khyenrab Yonten Gyatso 1914 - 1919
89. Eighty-ninth Ganden Tripa Lobzang Nyendrak Gyatso 1919 - 1924
90. Ninetieth Ganden Tripa Jampa Chodrak 1920 - 1926
91. Ninety-first Ganden Tripa Lobzang Gyeltsen 1927 - 1932
92. Ninety-second Ganden Tripa Tubten Nyinje 1933 - 1933
93. Ninety-third Ganden Tripa Yeshe Wangden 1933 - 1939
94. Ninety-fourth Ganden Tripa Lhundrub Tsondru 1940 - 1946
95. Ninety-Fifth Ganden Tripa Tashi Tongtun 1947 - 1953
96. Ninety-sixth Ganden Tripa thub bstan kun dga' 1954 - 1964
97. Ninety-seventh Ganden Tripa thub bstan lung rtogs bstan 'dzin 'phrin las 1965 -
98. Ninety-eighth Ganden Tripa 'jam dpal gzhan phan 1984 - 1989
99. Ninety-ninth Ganden Tripa ye shes don ldan 1984 - 1989
100. One hundredth Ganden Tripa blo bzang nyi ma 1995 - 2003
101. One hundred and first Ganden Tripa lung rig rnam rgyal 2003 - 2009

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