Secret Lives of the Dalai Lama: The Untold Story of the Holy by Alexander Norman

By Alexander Norman

The entire tale of the Dalai Lamas

   His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama is understood to the area for his efforts to maintain Tibetan tradition and for his inspiring non secular teachings. frequently not noted, although, is the lengthy, colourful heritage from which this such a lot cherished of holy males has emerged. In Secret Lives of the Dalai Lama, Alexander Norman tells this tale in complete for the 1st time, from Tibetan Buddhism’s foundational narratives to the present-day obstacle confronted by means of Tibet. 
   And what a narrative it truly is. besides devoted priests selflessly serving the Tibetan humans, between His Holiness’s non secular forebears there are a Dalai Lama who waged wars, a womanizing and under the influence of alcohol poet, and a number of other who wound up lifeless following disputes over temporal energy. additionally, whereas Western practitioners specialize in Tibetan Buddhism’s freeing imaginative and prescient of enlightenment, it concurrently comprises ritual practices of prophecy and magic, in addition to a brilliant pantheon of deities and demons.
   In the tip, even though Tibet falls wanting the Western myths of a Himalayan utopia, through illuminating the ancient fight towards compassion and selflessness embodied within the Dalai Lama lineage, Secret Lives of the Dalai Lama eventually finds a fact that's enormously extra compelling than any romance of “Shangri-La” and gives deeper purposes for admiring Tibetan culture.

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By Alexander Norman

The entire tale of the Dalai Lamas

   His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama is understood to the area for his efforts to maintain Tibetan tradition and for his inspiring non secular teachings. frequently not noted, although, is the lengthy, colourful heritage from which this such a lot cherished of holy males has emerged. In Secret Lives of the Dalai Lama, Alexander Norman tells this tale in complete for the 1st time, from Tibetan Buddhism’s foundational narratives to the present-day obstacle confronted by means of Tibet. 
   And what a narrative it truly is. besides devoted priests selflessly serving the Tibetan humans, between His Holiness’s non secular forebears there are a Dalai Lama who waged wars, a womanizing and under the influence of alcohol poet, and a number of other who wound up lifeless following disputes over temporal energy. additionally, whereas Western practitioners specialize in Tibetan Buddhism’s freeing imaginative and prescient of enlightenment, it concurrently comprises ritual practices of prophecy and magic, in addition to a brilliant pantheon of deities and demons.
   In the tip, even though Tibet falls wanting the Western myths of a Himalayan utopia, through illuminating the ancient fight towards compassion and selflessness embodied within the Dalai Lama lineage, Secret Lives of the Dalai Lama eventually finds a fact that's enormously extra compelling than any romance of “Shangri-La” and gives deeper purposes for admiring Tibetan culture.

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The theory of ulus and törö mandated that these new formations be recognized as legitimate. A possible analogy might be the recent recognition of Bosnia and Croatia as viable entities in the modern world system of sociopolitical formations, namely nation-states, although this would have been unimaginable thirty years earlier. As a result, even though at the time of Dayan Khan there were presumed to be six preexisting communities, the Six Great Ulus, and these were the communities he brought into his state in the early sixteenth century, a hundred years later these larger units had fragmented into an array of communities with their own ruling elite, such as the Aokhan and Five Banner Khalkha.

The theory of ulus and törö mandated that these new formations be recognized as legitimate. A possible analogy might be the recent recognition of Bosnia and Croatia as viable entities in the modern world system of sociopolitical formations, namely nation-states, although this would have been unimaginable thirty years earlier. As a result, even though at the time of Dayan Khan there were presumed to be six preexisting communities, the Six Great Ulus, and these were the communities he brought into his state in the early sixteenth century, a hundred years later these larger units had fragmented into an array of communities with their own ruling elite, such as the Aokhan and Five Banner Khalkha.

Was it even a “submission”? Using such terms not only shapes but also de¤nes our interpretation. Indeed, it is often very hard to extract ourselves from this paradigm shaping the nature of Manchu–Mongol sociopolitical power dynamics. Not only are we conditioned by nationalist and decolonization discourses, but we also know all too well what the Manchus became. Thus it is very hard to envision what the Jurchens were like in 1620. With the image of the grandiose Qing in mind it is hard to conjure forth the reality of a wellorganized band of forest ¤shermen in the wilds northeast of China.

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