Dalai LamasThe Institution and its History by: Ardy Verhaegen
Richly annotated, this work is a deep study of the institution of the Dalai Lama: its rise to prominence, its working and its role within the socio-political structures of Tibet and Asia. All this is set against a historical narrative that brings out the unique religious culture and spiritual legacy of the land.
Year Of Publication: 2002
Pages : xii, 203
Bibliographic Details : Appendices; Glossary; Bibliography; Index
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23 cm.
Weight: 500 gm.
From the fifteenth century on, the Dalai Lamas emerged as the pre-eminent spiritual and secular leaders of Tibet. In his foreword to this book Tenzin Gyatso the Fourteenth Dalai Lama states that Buddhism, with its powerful central message of compassion . . . transformed Tibetans from the powerful warlike nation that dominated Central Asia in the seventh century to the more peaceful and religious people they are today. With Chinas continued occupation of Tibet threatening the very existence of a distinct Tibetan identity and culture the Dalai Lama feels it his primary responsibility to take whatever steps I must to save my people and their unique heritage from total annihilation. Author Ardy Verhaegen not only succinctly tells the story of each of the Dalai Lamas and their contribution as human beings to Tibets destiny, as the Dalai Lama points out, but also the historical narrative within which these eminent personalities played out their lives. Starting with the spread of Buddhism and its introduction into Tibet, Verhaegen chronicles the development of that countrys unique religious culture, the rise to prominence of the Dalai Lamas, and the role of the Dalai Lama institution within the social-political structures of Tibet and Asia. Descriptions of the workings of the institution itself and the current struggles of Tibetan culture to survive outside its historical borders round out this volume. Richly annotated, this introduction to the institution of the Dalai Lama is of value to both serious students of Tibetan history and culture and all those interested in one of the more fascinating stories of our times. The perilous flight of the Dalai Lama into exile and the subsequent success of the Tibetan diaspora community against tremendous odds are having profound implications for humanity at large. Ironically, while imperiled within Tibet itself, the spiritual legacy of the land of snows has spread through its incarnate lamas and teachers such that the principles of peace, compassion and individual enlightenment inherent in Tibetan Buddhist culture and embodied in the Dalai Lama now enjoy favour worldwide. The awarding of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize to the Dalai Lama is indicative of this esteem, not only towards His Holiness but also the institution he represents.
1. Developments in Tibet up to the Advent of the Dalai Lamas
The Land and People Buddhism The Spread and Development of Buddhism in Tibet The Second Diffusion of Buddhism and Founding of the Religious Schools
2. A History of the Dalai Lamas Within the Context of Their Times
Dalai Lama I Reincarnation of the Dalai Lamas Dalai Lama II Dalai Lama III Dalai Lama IV Dalai Lama V Dalai Lama VI Dalai Lama VII Dalai Lama VIII Dalai Lama IX Dalai Lama X Dalai Lama XI Dalai Lama XII Dalai Lama XIII Dalai Lama XIV
3. How the Institution of the Dalai Lama Works
Discovery and Recognition Education The Household and Daily Life of the Dalai Lama The Role of the Dalai Lama in the Governance of Tibet The Spiritual Role of the Dalai Lama
4. Tibetan Identity and Culture and the Dalai Lama Since 1959
The Struggle for Tibetan Identity and Culture Tibet Under Chinese Rule The Fourteenth Dalai Lama Emerges as a Global Figure Concluding Remarks
I. The Dalai Lamas of Tibet
II. Chronological Table