HH the VI Dalai Lama

Tsangyang Gyatso (1683 – 15 November 1706), who was enthroned as the Sixth Dalai Lama in 1697, was a special Dalai Lama. Born to the renowned Nyingma family of the Terton (treasure revealer) Pempalingpa, and brought up at a late age in the Gelugpa tradition, Tsangyang Gyatso proved to be an uncomfortable blend of the two traditions.

Leaving aside the unfortunate politics that surrounded his desolate life, Tsangyang Gyatso brought to holy Lhasa and Shol taverns some of the purest and most beautiful lyrics of all times.

Extraordinary as a lover of wine and women, melodious as a singer of love songs, and above all, tragic as a national hero of the status of a Dalai Lama, the Sixth Dalai Lama became a legend within his short lifetime. Worshipped and loved by Tibetan people with stainless faith, Tsangyang Gyatso’s songs became famous in every corner of Tibet, receiving once again the fascination of simple folk poetry.

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