This is a list of Panchen Lamas of Tibet. There are currently 10 recognised incarnations of the Panchen Lama; the 11th Panchen Lama is disputed however.


Title Portrait Name
Recognition Tibetan
Wylie transliteration
and other transliterations
1st Panchen Lama Khedrup Gelek Pelzang
posthumously མཁས་གྲུབ་རྗེ།
mkhas grub rje,་
mkhas grub dge legs dpal bzang po
Khédrup Gélek Pelzangpo
Khädrup Je
Khedrup Gelek Pelsang
Kedrup Geleg Pelzang
Khedup Gelek Palsang
Khedrup Gelek Pal Sangpo
2nd Panchen Lama Sönam Choklang
posthumously བསོད་ནམས་ཕྱོགས་ཀྱི་གླང་པོ།
bsod nams phyogs glang,་
bsod nams phyogs kyi glang po
Sönam Chok kyi Langpo
Sonam Choglang
Soenam Choklang
3rd Panchen Lama Ensapa Lobsang Döndrup
posthumously དབེན་ས་པ་བློ་བཟང་དོན་གྲུབ།
dben sa pa blo bzang don grub
Wensapa Lozang Döndrup
Gyalwa Ensapa
Ensapa Lozang Döndrup
Ensapa Losang Dhodrub
4th Panchen Lama Lobsang Chökyi Gyalsten
1645–1662 བློ་བཟང་ཆོས་ཀྱི་རྒྱལ་མཚན།
blo bzang chos kyi rgyal mtshan
Lozang Chö kyi Gyeltsen
Losang Chökyi Gyältsän
Lozang Chökyi Gyeltsen
Lobsang Chökyi Gyaltsen
Lobsang Choekyi Gyaltsen
Lobsang Choegyal
Losang Chögyan
5th Panchen Lama Lobsang Yeshe
1663–1737 བློ་བཟང་ཡེ་ཤེས།
blo bzang ye shes
Lozang Yéshé
Lobsang Yeshi
Losang Yeshe
6th Panchen Lama Lobsang Palden Yeshe
1738–1780 བློ་བཟང་དཔལ་ལྡན་ཡེ་ཤེས།
blo bzang dpal ldan ye shes
Lozang Penden Yéshé
Palden Yeshe
Palden Yeshi
7th Panchen Lama Palden Tenpai Nyima
1782–1853 དཔལ་ལྡན་བསྟན་པའི་ཉི་མ།
pal ldan bstan pa'i nyi ma
Penden Tenpé Nyima
Tänpä Nyima
Tenpé Nyima
Tempai Nyima
Tenpey Nyima
8th Panchen Lama Tenpai Wangchuk
1857–1882 བསྟན་པའི་དབང་ཕྱུག
bstan pa'i dbang phyug
Tenpé Wangchuk
Tänpä Wangchug
Tenpé Wangchuk
Tempai Wangchuk
Tenpey Wangchuk
9th Panchen Lama Thupten Chökyi Nyima
1888–1937 ཐུབ་བསྟན་ཆོས་ཀྱི་ཉི་མ།
thub bstan chos kyi nyi ma
Tupten Chö kyi Nyima
Choekyi Nyima
Thubtän Chökyi Nyima
10th Panchen Lama Choekyi Gyaltsen
1938–1989 བློ་བཟང་ཕྲིན་ལས་ལྷུན་གྲུབ་

blo bzang phrin las lhun grub chos kyi rgyal mtshan
Lozang Trinlé Lhündrup Chö kyi Gyeltsen
Choekyi Gyaltsen
Chökyi Gyeltsen
Choekyi Gyaltse
Trinley Choekyi Gyaltsen
Lozang Trinlä Lhündrup Chökyi Gyältsän

11th Panchen Lama schism

Further information: 11th Panchen Lama controversy

After the death of the 10th Panchen Lama, his succession came to be disputed between the exiled 14th Dalai Lama and the government of the People's Republic of China. This resulted in a schism between two competing candidates are claimed to be the 11th Panchen Lama.[1][2]

Portrait Recognition Tibetan
Wylie transliteration
and other transliterations
Notes References
Gedhun Choekyi Nyima
(born 1989)
14 May 1995

dGe 'dun Chos kyi nyi ma
Gedhun Choekyi Nyima Claim supported by the 14th Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration. [2]: 6 
Gyaincain Norbu
(born 1990)
8 December 1995

chos kyi rgyal po
Chö kyi Gyelpo
Choekyi Gyalpo
Chökyi Gyälbo
Gyaltsen Norbu
Claim supported by the People's Republic of China. [1]: 109 

See also


  1. ^ a b Goldstein, Melvyn C (1997). The Snow Lion and the Dragon: China, Tibet, and the Dalai Lama. University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-21951-1.
  2. ^ a b Hilton, Elizabeth. (2000). The Search for the Panchen Lama. W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN 0-393-04969-8.