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Yönten Gyatso, the Fourth Dalai Lama was born in 1589 in Mongolia to the Chokar tribal chieftain Tsultrim Chöje, who was the grandson of Altan Khan, and his second wife Phakhen Nula.
With predictions from the state oracles and auspicious signs at his birth, the abbot of Ganden Monastery recognized him as the true reincarnation of the Third Dalai Lama. His parents, however, refused to part with their son until he was older, so he remained in Mongolia, while studying with Tibetan lamas.
In 1601, at the age of twelve, Yönten Gyatso was escorted to Tibet and four years later, in 1604 he presided over the Great Prayer Festival in Lhasa. In 1614, at the age of twenty-six, he took the vows of full ordination from the Fourth Panchen Lama. He passed away in 1617, at the age of twenty-seven at Drepung Monastery.