List of Dalai Lamas

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Dalai Lama of Tibet
Emblem of Tibet.svg
Emblem of the Tibetan government-in-exile
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StyleHis Holiness
First monarch13th Dalai Lama (as head of state)
Last monarch14th Dalai Lama (as head of state)
FormationJuly 1912
Abolition23 May 1951
(Seventeen Point Agreement)
ResidencePotala Palace

This is a list of Dalai Lamas of Tibet. There have been 14 recognised incarnations of the Dalai Lama.

There has also been one non-recognised Dalai Lama, Ngawang Yeshe Gyatso (declared in 1707), by Lha-bzang Khan as the "true" 6th Dalai Lama – however, he was never accepted as such by the majority of the population.[1][2][3]


Image Name Date of birth Dalai Lama From Dalai Lama Until Date of death
1st Dalai Lama
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1st Dalai Lama
Gedun Drub 1391 N/A 1474
2nd Dalai Lama
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2nd Dalai Lama
Gedun Gyatso 1475 1492 1542
3rd Dalai Lama
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3rd Dalai Lama
Sonam Gyatso 1543 1578 1588
4th Dalai Lama
4th Dalai Lama
Yonten Gyatso 1589 1601 1617
5th Dalai Lama
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5th Dalai Lama
Ngawang Lobsang Gyatso 1617 1642 1682
6th Dalai Lama
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6th Dalai Lama
Tsangyang Gyatso 1683 1697 1706
7th Dalai Lama
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7th Dalai Lama
Kelzang Gyatso 1708 1720 1757
8th Dalai Lama
Jamphel Gyatso, 8th Dalai Lama - AMNH - DSC06244.JPG
8th Dalai Lama
Jamphel Gyatso 1758 1762 1804
9th Dalai Lama
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9th Dalai Lama
Lungtok Gyatso 1805 1810 1815
10th Dalai Lama 10th Dalai Lama Tsultrim Gyatso 29 March 1816 1826 1837
11th Dalai Lama 11th Dalai Lama Khedrup Gyatso 1 November 1838 1842 31 January 1856
12th Dalai Lama 12th Dalai Lama Trinley Gyatso 26 January 1857 1860 25 April 1875
13th Dalai Lama
13th Dalai Lama
Thubten Gyatso 12 February 1876 31 July 1879 17 December 1933
14th Dalai Lama
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14th Dalai Lama
Tenzin Gyatso 6 July 1935 22 February 1940
(de jure)
17 November 1950
(de facto)[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Stein 1972, p. 85.
  2. ^ Chapman, F. Spencer. (1940). Lhasa: The Holy City, p. 127. Readers Union Ltd. London.
  3. ^ Mullin 2001, p. 276.
  4. ^ "Chronology of Events". His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet. Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Retrieved 18 April 2015.


  • Stein, R. A. (1972). Tibetan civilization ([English ed.]. ed.). Stanford, Calif.: Stanford Univ. Press. ISBN 0-8047-0901-7.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Mullin, Glenn H. (2001). The Fourteen Dalai Lamas: A Sacred Legacy of Reincarnation. Clear Light Publishers. Santa Fe, NM. ISBN 1-57416-092-3.