Guru Tsongkhapa appeared in Tibet in the fourteenth century as the great revitalizer of Tibetan Buddhism. Guru Tsongkhapa is also known as Je Rinpoche. Guru Tsongkhapa is believed to be the manifestation of Guru Rinpoche himself. Guru Tsongkhapa emphasized the value of discipline in monastic institutions and the value of academic pursuits and practice. Guru Tsongkhapa founded the Gelugpa tradition and among his closest disciple was Gedun Drub, later known as the First Dalai Lama.
Guru Tsongkhapa popularized the theme of Lamrim i.e. Stages of the path to Enlightenment introduced in Tibet by Guru Atisha. Guru Tsongkhapa is said to be the emanation of Bodhisattva Manjushree. Guru Tsongkhapa is shown holding a sword and a book. His body is radiant white with reddish glow. Guru Tsongkhapa sits upon sun and moon discs in lotus throne. Guru Tsongkhapa wears the traditional monastic robes and is crowned with a pandit yellow hat.
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