During the time of the Buddha Shakyamuni, Je Tzong Khapa, in a previous incarnation, was a young boy who offered the Buddha a crystal rosary. The Buddha prophesized that this boy would be born in Tibet and be instrumental in the flourishing of the Dharma.
Je Tzong Khapa was born in 1357 in the Tzong Kha region of eastern Tibet. His vast and enlightened activities lead to the establishment of the Gelug tradition. Based on Je Tzong Khapa’s teachings, the main characteristics of this tradition are; an emphasis on training in ethical discipline, study and debate and the need to follow a graduated approach to meditative practice. The head of the tradition is known as the Gaden Throne Holder. His Holiness the Dalai Lama is one of the most renowned masters of this tradition.