The Clear Mirror: A Royal Geneaology

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The Clear Mirror: A Royal Geneaology (Tib. རྒྱལ་རབས་གསལ་བའི་མེ་ལོང་, Wyl. rgyal rabs gsal ba'i me long) is a famous historical work by Sakyapa Sonam Gyaltsen (1312-1375). The text presents Tibetan history such as the origins of the Tibetans, how dharma arrived in Tibet, when Lhasa became the main capital and the Jokhang and Ramoche temples were built.


  • Sakyapa Sonam Gyaltsen, The Clear Mirror: A Traditional Account of Tibet's Golden Age, translated by McComas Taylor and Lama Choedak Yuthok (Ithaca: Snow Lion, 1996)
  • Sørensen, P.K., Tibetan Buddhist Historiography: The Mirror Illuminating the Royal Genealogies. An Annotated Translation of the XIVth Century Chronicle rGyal-rabs gsal-ba'i me-long (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 1994)

Further Reading

  • Dan Martin, Tibetan Histories: A Bibliography of Tibetan-Language Historical Works, London: Serindia, 1997, pp.60-61