As for the Rnying ma pa, the only passage where they are mentioned in Bsod nams dpal bzang po's text has it that when Sakyasri was in Bsam yas he requested the local ruler Jo bo lha(57) to show him the Sanskrit books in the library.
Bsod nams dpal bzang po mentions Sa skya monastery, the Sa skya pa and Sa skya Pandita but twice - the first of which in the larger context of Sakyasri having used gifts from Sa skya and a host of other places for offerings to the Maitreya statue.
Lastly, Bsod nams dpal bzang po's biography, DPAG, and KHA contain two interesting items that go beyond their immediate geographic and cultural frame.
18) MKHAN 16b-21b gives a detailed discussion of the Chos lung pa community, beginning with Mkhan chen Bsod nams bzang po (1292-1356) - Mkhan chen Gzhon nu mgon po (1292-1368) - Mkhan chen Grags pa rgyal mtshan (1313-73) - Mkhan chen Grags pa bshes gnyen dpal bzang po (1329-1401) - Mkhan chen Nam mkha' rgyal mtshan dpal bzang po (1346-1409) - Mkhan chen Itin chen rgyal mtshan dpal bzang po (1348-1430) - Mkhan chen Bsbes gnyen rgyal mchog dpal bzang po (1370-1424) - Mkhan chen Rgyal dbang grags pa (1361-1444) - Mkhan chen Zla ba blo gros (1371-1442) - Mkhan chen Rgyal ba phyag na dpal bzang po (1388-14?
The first is the versified biography-cum-eulogy in thirty-eight verses by Khro phu Lo tsa ba Byams pa[i] dpal (1172-1236), entitled Pan chen shakya shri'i rnam thar [bsdus pa], or, alternatively, Dpal chos kyi rje sa'i steng na 'gran zla dang bral ba'i bsod snyoms pa chen po / pandi ta chen po shakya shri'i rnam thar bsdus pa, hereafter abbreviated as KHRO, whereas the second is Bsod nams dpal bzang po's Sa'i steng na 'gran zla dang bral ba kha che pandi ta shakya shri bhadra'i rnam thar, hereafter abbreviated as BSOD.
I should here like to draw attention to one further study of Sakyasri's life that has now come to light, which in places is certainly more impressive than the one by Bsod nams dpal bzang po, although it too seems to be based on the latter and is equally weak on his activities in the Indian subcontinent.
Contrary to the publisher's preface of his Collected Works, he was therefore not the older brother of Mi 'gyur bsod nams dpal 'byor and he was neither the brother of Lho brag Nyi lde Gar dbang bio bzang mchog grub.
For other interesting remarks anent these questions, see also the Sa skya pa scholar Go rams pa Bsod nams seng ge's (1429-89) Tshad ma rigs pa'i gter gyi dka' ba'i gnas rnam par bshad pa sde bdun rab gsal, Sa skya pa'i bka' 'bum, vol.
There are serious problems with the identity and floruit of Bsod nams dpal bzang po.
In terms of the literature used for his study, Bsod nams dpal bzang po himself mentions in BSOD (pp.
A potential measure of light on Bsod nams dpal bzang po's identity is.
las kyi slob dpon)(22) and Bsod nams rgyal mtshan as
Snye mo Bong ra ba Bsod nams dpal; abbot for thirteen
Inasmuch as the community was headed by Gtsang so ba after Sakyasri left for Kashmir in 1212, we can roughly place Bsod nams dpal's tenure around the turn of the fourteenth century.