or Yon-tan-rgya-mtsho (1589–1617) was the 4th Dalai Lama
, born in Mongolia
on the 30th day of the 12th month of the Earth-Ox year of the Tibetan calendar.As the son of the chieftain of the Chokur
tribe, Tsultrim Choeje, and great-grandson of Altan Khan
of the Tümed Mongols
and his second wife PhaKhen Nula, Yonten Gyatso was a Mongolian, making him the only non-Tibetan to be recognized as Dalai Lama other than the 6th Dalai Lama
, who was a Monpa
—but Monpas can be seen either as a Tibetan subgroup or a closely related people.
, state oracle of Tibet, and Lamo Tsangpa, another oracle, had both predicted the next reincarnation would be born in Mongolia. About this time, the chief attendant of the Third Dalai Lama, Tsultrim Gyatso, sent a letter informing the authorities in Tibet that the reincarnation had been born and details of some of the wonders accompanying his birth.
- "He was recognized by a delegation from his Drêpung monastery and the princes of Ü, which had gone to Kweisui (Köke Qoto, Inner Mongolia) to meet him 1601."Stein, R. A. (1972). Tibetan Civilization, p. 82. Stanford......