List of Dalai Lamas

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

Dalai Lama of as ruler of Tibet
Former Monarchy
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Emblem of the Tibetan government-in-exile
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First monarch 5th Dalai Lama (temporal ruler)
Last monarch 14th Dalai Lama (temporal ruler)
Style His Holiness
Official residence Potala Palace
Monarchy started 1642
Monarchy ended 23 May 1951
(Seventeen Point Agreement)

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


Title Portrait Name Date of birth Dalai Lama From Dalai Lama Until Date of death
1st Dalai Lama 1st Dalai Lama Gedun Drupa 1391 N/A 1474
2nd Dalai Lama 2nd Dalai Lama Gedun Gyatso 1475 1492 1542
3rd Dalai Lama 3rd Dalai Lama Sonam Gyatso 1543 1578 1588
4th Dalai Lama 4th Dalai Lama Yonten Gyatso 1589 1601 1617
5th Dalai Lama 5th Dalai Lama Ngawang Lobsang Gyatso 1617 1642 1682
6th Dalai Lama 6th Dalai Lama Tsangyang Gyatso 1683 1697 1706
7th Dalai Lama 7th Dalai Lama Kelzang Gyatso 1708 1720 1757
8th Dalai Lama 8th Dalai Lama Jamphel Gyatso 1758 1762 1804
9th Dalai Lama 9th Dalai Lama Lungtok Gyatso 1 December 1805 1810 6 March 1815
10th Dalai Lama 10th Dalai Lama Tsultrim Gyatso 29 March 1816 1826 30 September 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 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso 6 July 1935 22 February 1940
(de jure)
17 November 1950
(de facto)[4]


  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.