Dynastic Preceptor

Dynastic Preceptor: Guoshi (国师)

This is a title that kings and emperors gave to great monks and lamas. The first guoshi in history was in China; in 550, the king of Beiqi (北齐) bestowed the title to a great teacher, Fachang (法常). Afterwards, when China-based dynasties such as the Yuan, Ming and Qing had relationships with Tibet, they bestowed the titles of “Fawang (法王)” “Wang ()” “Daguoshi (大国师)” “Guoshi (国师)”, and so on. The most influential and popular guoshi in Mongol Empire was 'Phags pa bla ma.