Gedun Drub, 1st Dalai Lama

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Gedun Drub (Wylie transliteration: Dge-'dun-grub), also spelled Gedun Drup (1391-1474) is retrospectively considered to be the first in the line of reincarnated Dalai Lamas of Tibet. Gedun Drub was a student of Tsongkhapa (Btsong-ka-pa).

Gedun Drub was born in a cowshed as the son of nomadic tribespeople, and raised as a shepherd until the age of seven. After this he was placed in Nartang (Nar-thang) monastery, and by the middle of his life he had become one of the most esteemed scholar-saints in the country.

Some of the most famous texts Gedun Drub wrote were:

Glenn Mullin's collection of translations of Gedun Drub's commentaries is a good start to learning more about the prolific writings and teachings of this important Tibetan Buddhist teacher.


Preceded by:
Reincarnation of the Dalai Lama
Succeeded by:
Gendun Gyatso

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