His Holiness the Dalai Lama Appoints the 104th Gaden Tripa.


June 25, 2017


The 104th Gaden Tripa Kyabje Jetsun Lobsang Tenzin Palsangpo.

BYLAKUPPE: His Holiness the Dalai Lama has appointed Jangtse Choejey Kyabje Jetsun Lobsang Tenzin Palsangpo as the 104th Gaden Tripa, the head of Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, according to information received from Ven Atuk Tseten and Ven Gowo Lobsang Phendey, members of Tibetan Parliament representing Gelug school. The appointment was announced through an official letter dated 24 June.

The appointment was necessitated by the sudden demise of 103rd Gaden Tripa Jetsun Lobsang Tenzin Rinpoche who passed away on 21 April before completing his full seven year term.

The Gaden Tripa 'Holder of the Gaden Throne' is the title of the spiritual head of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. Je Tsongkhapa (1357-1419), who founded the Gelug school was the first Ganden Tripa. The lineage has, since, been held by the Gaden Tripas.

The Gaden Tripa is an appointed office, not a reincarnation lineage. It occurs once every seven years (completion of term) or earlier (due to unforeseen events like death). The title is bestowed alternately on one or the other of the two Chojeys - Sharpa Chojey or Jangtse Chojey. The appointment is based on academic merit which is the basis of the hierarchical progression.

Although the appointment of Gaden Tripa is automatic, it is usually confirmed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama who publicly announces the appointment or nomination at the time of changeover.

Biography of 104th Gaden Tripa Kyabje Jetsun Lobsang Tenzin Palsangpo:

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