Gedun Drub (Wylie transliteration: Dge-‘dun-grub), also spelled Gendun Drub and 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). His birth name was Pema Dorje.
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:
- Sunlight on the Path to Freedom, a commentary on Abhidharma-kosha
- Crushing the Forces of Evil to Dust, an epic poem on the life and liberating deeds of Buddha Shakyamuni
- Song of the Eastern Snow Mountain, a poem dedicated to Je Tsongkhapa (Btsong-ka-pa)
- Praise of the Venerable Lady Khadiravani Tara, an homage to the Goddess Tara
Glenn Mullin’s collection of translations of Gedun Drub’s commentaries is a good start to learning more about the writings and teachings of this prolific and important Tibetan Buddhist teacher.
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