Mutik Tsenpo

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Mutik Tsenpo
Emperor of Tibet
Reign 799
Predecessor Muné Tsenpo
Successor Sadnalegs
Born ?
Died ca. 799?
Burial 'skya-ri-ldem, pying-bar (mordern Qonggyai County)
Great Minister Dro Trisu Ramsha
Father Trisong Detsen
Mother Tsepangsa Magyal Dongkar

Mutik Tsenpo or Murug Tsenpo (Tibetan: མུ་ཏིག་བཙན་པོ་Wylie: Mu-tig btsan-po; Mu-rug-brtsan) is sometimes considered to have been one of the emperors of Tibet. This is, however, very questionable. Moreover, the whole period between the reigns of Trisong Detsen and Sadnalegs is very unclear, with several conflicting reports.

Trisong Detsen is said to have had four sons: Mutri Tsenpo, Muné Tsenpo, Mutik Tsenpo, and Sadnalegs. The eldest son, Mutri Tsenpo, died early.

Muné Tsenpo is said to have taken power when his father, Trisong Detsen retired (probably around 797 CE). After a short reign, Muné Tsenpo, was supposedly poisoned on the orders of his mother, Tsephongsa, who was jealous of his beautiful young wife, Queen Phoyongsa. After his death, Mutik Tsenpo was next in line to the throne.

Several sources, however, claim that Mutik Tsenpo murdered a senior minister and was exiled to Lhodak Kharchu (lHo-brag or Lhodrag), near the Bhutanese border in the south, so the throne was taken by Sadnalegs instead.[1][2]

Some sources say that Mutik Tsenpo was later killed by members of sNa-nam clan, but this couldn't have happened until after Sadnalegs became king, as Sadnalegs mentions in an inscription at Zhwa'i-lha-khang that he took power from his father, that one of his brothers had died, and that he bound his elder brother, Mur-rug-brtsan, with an oath.[3][4]


Orgyen Lingpa (1323 – 1360) was said to be his seventh incarnarnation.[5]


  1. ^ Shakabpa, Tsepon W. D. Tibet: A Political History (1967), p. 47. Yale University Press, New Haven and London.
  2. ^ Ancient Tibet: Research Materials from The Yeshe De Project, pp. 283-284. Dharma Publishing, Berkeley, California. ISBN 0-89800-146-3
  3. ^ Richardson, Hugh. A Corpus of Early Tibetan Inscriptions (1981), pp. 44, 51. Royal Asiatic Society, London. ISBN 0-947593-00-4.
  4. ^ Ancient Tibet: Research Materials from The Yeshe De Project, p. 290. Dharma Publishing, Berkeley, California. ISBN 0-89800-146-3
  5. ^ Leschly, Jakob (2007-08). "Orgyen Lingpa". The Treasury of Lives: Biographies of Himalayan Religious Masters. Retrieved 2013-11-03.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Muné Tsenpo
Emperor of Tibet
Succeeded by