By A. G. Smith
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He commenced the work in a water-tiger year and completed it in the following year, a water-hare year. He prays that a master named Perna Tendzin (Pad-rna bsTan- 'dzin) have a long life. 135 Although 33 THE BIOGRAPHIES the name is not uncommon, an examination of the religious history of Perna Ko, which begins in the seventeenth century with Dundul Dmje (bDud- 'dul rDo-rje) (1615-72), 136 may be able to fix the time of the writing out of this manuscript. Possible dates for this particular manuscript are 1722-3, 1782-3, 1842-3 and 1902-3, with the latter two dates being more likely.
A biography of Gar Dampa Chodingpa is also found in The Blue Annals. 50 In the published edition there is a conflation of this earlier Ogyenpa with the famous Ogyenpa Rinchen Pal (0-rgyan-pa Rin-chen dPal) (1229/30--1309), who was a pupil of both Gotsangpa (rGod-tshang-pa) and the second Karmapa. 51 Smith, trusting his Tibetan informants, assumed the entire collection to be by Ogyenpa Rinchen Pal and did not discover the error until after the publication. The biography of Gar Dampa Chodingpa was concluded in 1244.
Date: completed in 1478. This extensive Dharma History (chos- 'byung) covers all lineages in Tibet. The author's relative lack of partisanship, though he ignores much of the Nyingma terma tradition, conforms to a degree of historical cri,tical method in dealing with his sources, rather than attempting to create a primarily inspirational work. Go Lotsawa ('Gos Lo-tsii-ba) is particularly concerned with calculating the correct dates for the lives of his subjects, even though the unwieldiness ofTibet's system of dating by sixty-year cycles does result in instances of error.