A major new work in modern Tibetan history, this book follows the evolution of Tibetan Buddhism's trülku (reincarnation) tradition from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries, along with the Emperor of China's efforts to control its development. By illuminating the political aspects of the trülku institution, Schwieger shapes a broader history of the relationship between the Dalai Lama and the Emperor of China, as well as a richer understanding of the Qing Dynasty as an inner Asian empire, the modern fate of the Mongol empire, and current Sino-Tibetan relations. Unlike other pre-twentie
Table of Contents; Preface; Introduction; 1. The Historical Development of the Trülku Position; 2. A Trülku as the Head of Society; 3. Struggle for Buddhist Government; 4. The Emperor Takes Control; 5. Buddhist Government Under the Imperial Umbrella; 6. Imperial Authority Over the Trülku Institution; 7. The Aftermath; Conclusion; Appendix 1: Tibetan Reincarnation Lines of Major Political Significance; Appendix 2: Qing Emperors and Qoshot Kings of Tibet; Abbreviations; Notes; Tibetan Orthographic Equivalents; Bibliography; Index
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