Tsongkhapa-Je Rinpoche.


Tsongkhapa means “the Man from Onion Valley”, he was born in a nomad family in 1357 in Amdo with a Mongolian father and a Tibetan mother. Je Rinpoche was the founder of the Gelug order in the fourteenth century in Tibet with the founding of the Ganden monastery in 1409 and it became his main seat with numbers of students by then. Tsongkhapa was one of the foremost authorities of Tibetan Buddhism at that time. He composed a devotional prayer called the Migtsema Prayer to his Sakya master Rendawa. He is also known by his ordained name Losang Drakpa. Je Tsongkhapa is considered to be a manifestation of Manjushri. His body is either golden or flesh colored. He wears the robes of a monk and a yellow hat. His two hands are in the gesture of teaching holding the stems of two blossoms that bear a sword and a perfection of Wisdom scripture, the emblems of Manju-Shri. He is often depicted in a triad with his two chief disciples, Gyeltsab Je ( to his right) and Khedup Je( to his left).The root mantra of Manjushri as follow:

“After I pass away, and my pure doctrine is absent,
You will appear as an ordinary being,
Performing the deeds of a Buddha
And establishing the Joyful Land, the great Protector,
In the Land of the Snows.”

Although Tsongkhapa passed away in 1419 at the age of sixty but his teaching is still throughout Tibet. One of the most famous poem In Praise of the Incomparable Je Rinpoche :

“When the teachings of the Sakya, Kagyue, Kadam
And Nyingma sects in Tibet were declining,
You, O Tsong Khapa, revived Buddha’s Doctrine,
Hence I sing this praise to you of Ganden Mountain.”

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