Gendun Gyatso Palzangpo
(), also Gendun Gyatso
("Sublimely Glorious Ocean of Spiritual Aspirants", layname: Yonten Phuntsok) (1475–1542) was the second Dalai Lama
He was born near Shigatse
, in the Tsang region of central Tibet. His father, Kunga Gyaltsen (1432–1481) (), was a ngakpa
(married tantric practitioner) of the Nyingma lineage, a famous Nyingma tantric
master.The Dalai Lamas of Tibet
, p. 79. Thubten Samphel and Tendar. Roli & Janssen, New Delhi. (2004). ISBN 81-7436-085-9.
Legend has it that soon after he learned to speak, he told his parents his name was Pema Dorje, the birth name of Gendun Drup
(1391–1474) and that his father was Lobsang Drakpa, which was Tsongkapa
's ordination name. When he was four, he reportedly told his parents he wished to live in the Tashilhunpo
monastery (next to Shigatse and founded in 1447 by Gendun Drup) to be with his monks.
He was proclaimed the reincarnation
of Gendun Drup
as a young boy - according to some sources at four years old, and to others at eight.The Dalai Lamas of Tibet
, p. 80. Thubten Samphel and Tendar. Roli & Janssen, New Delhi. (2004). ISBN 81-7436-085-9.He received his novice vows from Panchen Lungrig Gyatso in 1486, at the age of ten, and his vows of an ordained... Read More