The Panchen Lama Enumerations

There are different systems of reckoning Lobzang Chokyi Gyaltsen (1570-1662) as the first or the fourth in the incarnate line of the Panchen Lamas. This gives us two distinct enumerations of the Panchen Lamas.

Lobzang Chokyi Gyeltsen was conferred the title “Panchen Bhogto” (པཎ་ཆེན་བྷོག་ཏོ།) by Gushri Khan. Later in 1713, the title “Panchen Erteni” (པཎ་ཆེན་ཨེར་ཏེ་ནི།) was conferred to Panchen Lozang Yeshe by the Khanxi Emperor during the Qing Dynasty. According to Dungkar Rinpoche, the title “Panchen” was given to Lobzang Yeshe by Dalai Lama 05, initiating the formal recognition of this incarnation lineage (W26372; 1258).

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