(1758–1804) was the 8th Dalai Lama
Born in 1758 at Lhari Gang (Tob-rgyal Lha-ri Gang) in the Upper Ü-Tsang
region of southwestern Tibet
his father, Sonam Dhargye, and mother, Phuntsok Wangmo, were originally from Kham
.Khetsun Sangpo Rinpoche. (1982). "Life and times of the Eighth to Twelfth Dalai Lamas." The Tibet Journal
. Vol. VII Nos. 1 & 2. Spring/Summer 1982, p. 47.They were distant descendants of Dhrala Tsegyal, who was one of the major heroes of the Gesar epic
When Jamphel Gyatso was conceived, the village was given a major harvest with each stalk of barley
bearing three, four and five ears, which has never been seen before throughout Tibet
. When Jamphel's mother, Phuntosk Wangmo and a relative were having their supper in the garden, a giant rainbow
appeared, one end of which touched the mother's shoulder. This is a key sign associated with the birth of a holy being.
Soon after birth, in the 6th month of the Fire Bull Year (1758), the holy baby often attempted to sit in a meditative posture looking up to the heavens. When Lobsang Palden Yeshi
, the Sixth Panchen Lama
, heard about this boy, he pronounced that he was indeed the authentic reincarnation
of the Dalai Lama.
At the age two and a half years old, Jamphel was taken under a large contingent of lamas and officials to......