Tsangyang Gyatso in Tibet History
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Tsangyang Gyatso in Tibet History

Update: Jan. 23rd, 2013

Tsangyang Gyatso

Tsangyang Gyatso was the Menba people (Menba nation is a minority nation). He was the 6th Dalai Lama in Tibet history and well known in home and abroad. In 1683, he was born in a serf family in the southern region of Tibet. His father was Tashi Dantseng, and his mother is Tsidan Lamu. All his families believe in Nyingma Sect (Red Sect).

Tsangyang Gyatso in Tibet History – The 6th Dalai Lama

On 25th February, 1682, the 5th Dalai Lama Losang Gyatso was died in the Potala Palace. As the sensitive social situation in Tibet at that time, and the last wish of Tsangyang Gyatso's, the death of the 5th Dalai Lama was concealed by Sangye Gyatso – the henchmen disciple of the 5th Dalai Lama. All the monks, followers, and Emperor Kangxi of Qing Dynasty were concealed for 15 year long. In the meantime, Sangye Gyatso was also looking for the reincarnated soul boy of the 5th Dalai Lama in Tibet.

In 1683, many propitious portents happened when a little boy was born in the serf family in a county of Shannan Prefecture. Afterwards, the boy became the 6th Dalai Lama – Tsangyang Gyatso. He was very talented and the most controversial Dalai Lama in Tibet history.

In 1896, the Emperor Kangxi of Qing Dynasty knew the death of the 5th Dalai Lama during a war with Zungar. The emperor Kangxi was very angry with Sangye Gyatso. Sangye Gyatso begged for forgive and found the reincarnated soul boy. The reincarnated soul boy was hidden for many years before.

In 1697, Tsangyang Gyatso was 14 years old and officially appointed as the reincarnated soul boy of the 5th Dalai Lama. In the September of this year, he was brought into Lhasa from Southern Tibet. On his way via Langkatse County, he formally acknowledged the 5th Panchen Lama – Losang Yixi as his master. At that time, he was named Losang Renqen Tsangyang Gyatso. On the 25th, October, he was officially approved as the 6th Dalai Lama in Potala Palace. At that time, the political situation in Tibet was terrible and turbulent.

In 1701, the great-grandson of Gueshi Khan – Lhazang Khan enthroned and didn't get along with Sangye Gyatso.

In 1705, Sangye Gyatso ordered his man to poison Lhazang Khan but failed. The war broke out. Sangye Gyatso was put to death. Lhazang Khan informed to the Emeperor Kangxi that Tsangyang Gyatso conspired against Qing Dynasty, and didn't keep monastic rules for Buddhists. Tsangyang Gyatso was repealed and sent away to Beijing under escort.

In 1706, Tsangyang Gyatso was died nearby Qinghai Lake on the way to Beijing. He got the celestial burial according to Tibetan traditional customs. But the history of his death was not officially confirmed till now. There are two legends of his death as following.

One legend is said that he was died of illness nearby Qiinghai Lake, or killed by others. There was not a dead body. When he was died, he was only 23 years old.

The other legend is said that he disappeared nearby Qinghai Lake as there was not a dead body. He finally traveled and introduced the Buddhism to India, Nepal, Gandu Province, Qinghai Province and Mongolia, etc. He was died when he was 64 years old.

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