Jamyang Zhépa

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Jamyang Zhépa
Tibetan name
Tibetan འཇམ་དབྱངས་བཞད་པ་
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese嘉木样协巴

The Jamyang Zhépa's (Tibetan:

འཇམ་དབྱངས་བཞད་པ་Wylie: jam dbyangs bzhad pa) are a lineage of tulkus of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism. They have traditionally been the most prestigious teachers at Labrang Monastery in Amdo, Tibet (modern Gansu, China).[1]

The first Jamyang Zhépa, Ngawang Tsöndrü (1648–1721), was a native of Amdo and, after studying at Drepung Monastery near Lhasa, was invited by the local Mongol king to return and teach Buddhism there. There, Ngawang Tsöndrü later founded Labrang, one of the two great monasteries of Amdo. As the first Jamyang Zhépa was educated at Drepung, the lineage has subsequently belonged the Gelug.[2]

Lozang Jamyang Yéshé Tenpé Gyeltsen, 5th Jamyang Zhépa

The current Jamyang Zhépa is the 6th, Lobsang Jigme Thubten Chökyi Nyima (born 1948). During the Cultural Revolution, he became a layman and married.[1] Tibetan Buddhist teachers may be either laypersons or monks, but the Jamyang Zhépas are traditionally monks. He currently lives in Lanzhou, the capital of Gansu.