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Panchen Sonam Dragpa
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Panchen Sonam Dragpa, (Wylie: Pan-chen bSod-nams grags-pa), (1478-1554) was the fifteenth Ganden Tripa or throneholder of Ganden Monastery. His texts form the core curriculum for most Gelugpa monasteries.
Panchen Sonam Dragpa's collected works spans fourteen volumes, constituting the main textbooks still used today in the educational curriculum for "the Loseling College, the Shartse College of the Gaden Monastic University, in many monasteries of Kham and Amdo provinces of Tibet as well as in some monasteries in Mongolia."
Dr. Ursula Bernis summarizes Panchen Sonam Dragpa's accomplishments: "a great master, writer, abbot of all monastic universities in turn, vajrayana adept, whose textbooks are still today used at Drepung" and "the teacher of two Dalai Lamas."
Bsod-nams-grags-pa, Martin J. Boord, and L. N. Tsonawa. 1996. Overview of Buddhist tantra: general presentation of the classes of tantra, captivating the minds of the fortunate ones (Rgyud sde spyi'i rnam par bzhags pa skal bzang gi yid 'phrog ces bye ba bzhugs so). Dharamsala: Library of Tibetan Works and Archives.