Gö Lotsawa Zhönnu-pel

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Go Lotsawa (b.1392 - d.1481) - famous Tibetan historian

gZhon-nu-dpal (1392-1481), also known as 'Gos Lo-tsa-ba (full name: Yid-bzang-rtse gZhon-nu-dpal) was a famous Tibetan historian and scholar, known as the author of the Blue Annals.[1]

Life and achievements

He was born in 1392 at lho kha 'phyongs rgyas. He was a student of the fifth Karmapa Lama, Deshin Shekpa (1384-1415), from whom he received the bodhisattva precepts, as well as Tsongkhapa, and was a teacher of the sixth Karmapa, Thongwa Dönden (1416-1453).[2] He was the abbot of the Karmarñing Monastery and the author of the Blue Annals.[3][4]


  • His most famous work, the "Blue Annals" (Deb-ther sngon-po), was completed in 1478, near the end of his life, and the text was dictated by him to some of his attendants.[5]
  • 'Khrul-sel, written in 1442-1443.[6]
  • His wrote a commentary on the Ratnagotravibhaga which extensively explored and contrasted Buddha-nature, described by Mathes (2008).[7]


  1. Treasury-of-lives-logo-sm.png Gö Lotsawa Zhönnu-pel, Treasury of Lives
  2. TBRC P318
  3. Roerich, George (1949). The Blue Annals. Reprint: Motilal Banarsidass, Delhi. 1976, p. ii.
  4. Snellgrove, David (1987). Indo-Tibetan Buddhism: Indian Buddhists and Their Tibetan Successors. Volume Two: p. 396. Boston, USA: Shambhala Publications, Inc. ISBN 0-87773-379-1 (v.2).
  5. Roerich (1949), p. ii.
  6. Vostrikov, A. I. (1970). Tibetan Historical Literature, pp. 31, 104-107. Translated from the Russian by Harish Chandra Gupta. Indian Studies Past & Present. Calcutta.
  7. Mathes, Klaus-Dieter (2008). A Direct Path to the Buddha Within: Gö Lotsāwa's Mahāmudra Interpretation of the Ratnagotravibhāga. Somerville, MA : Wisdom Publications, Inc. ISBN 0-86171-528-4


Further reading

  • G. Roerich, trans., The Blue Annals, New Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 1979
  • Klaus-Dieter Mathes, A Direct Path to the Buddha Within: Go Lotsawa's Mahamudra Interpretation of the Ratnagotravibhāga, Wisdom Publications, 2008

External links

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