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Edited by Martin Brauen

ISBN : 9781932476224

"The quality of the scholarship in this visually stunning volume will immediately make this the standard reference for the 600-year history of the incarnation line." - Buddhadharma

With the respect and fame the current Dalai Lama—the Fourteenth—has come to enjoy around the world, the title “Dalai Lama” has entered global consciousness, and yet few people know its definition or the system of reincarnation behind this institution. Even fewer are aware that it was a Mongolian prince that first awarded the title “Dalai Lama” or that there have been fourteen Dalai Lamas over the past six hundred years. The long and rich history of Tibet cannot be understood without looking at the lives of these fourteen men, whose intriguing stories merit further examination.

The Dalai Lamas: A Visual History is the first book of its kind to present the history of all fourteen Dalai Lamas with both essays and illustrations. Sixteen contributors from Europe, America, Tibet, and China illuminate various aspects of the institution of the Dalai Lama, including the system of their incarnations; their biographies and religious training; their relationship with religious schools, other lineages, the Panchen Lamas, and regents; and the political interconnections among the surrounding countries of Mongolia, China, India, Nepāl, and Bhūṭān. The political intrigues of the last six centuries call for a new understanding of this renowned institution and its relevance to modern society.

The nearly three hundred illustrations, largely unpublished previously, have been meticulously selected from Tibetan, Chinese, Indian, European, and American archives. Thangkas, mural paintings, statues, and historical documents have been drawn from government institutions, university holdings, museums, and private collections worldwide. Together these represent a comprehensive array of visual materials on the Dalai Lamas that no other recent publication has matched.

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  • Leonard W.J. van der Kuijp: The Dalai Lamas and the Origins of Reincarnate Lamas
  • Shen Weirong: The First Dalai Lama, Gendün Drup (1391–1474)
  • Amy Heller: The Second Dalai Lama, Gendün Gyatso (1475–1542)
  • Karénina Kollmar-Paulenz:The Third Dalai Lama, Sönam Gyatso (1543–1588), and the Fourth Dalai Lama, Yönten Gyatso (1589–1616)
  • Kurtis Schaeffer: The Fifth Dalai Lama, Ngawang Lopsang Gyatso (1617–1682)
  • Erberto Lo Bue: The Sixth Dalai Lama, Tsangyang Gyatso (1683–1706)
  • Matthew Kapstein: The Seventh Dalai Lama, Kalsang Gyatso (1708–1757)
  • Derek F. Maher: The Eighth Dalai Lama, Jampel Gyatso (1758–1804)
  • Derek F. Maher: The Ninth to Twelfth Dalai Lamas (1805–1875)
  • Tsering Shakya: The Thirteenth Dalai Lama, Thupten Gyatso (1876-1933)
  • Alexander Norman: The Fourteeth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso (b. 1935)
  • Georges Dreyfus: From Protective Deities to International Stardom: An Analysis of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama's Stance towards Modernity and Buddhism
  • Fabienne Jagou: The Panchen Lamas and the Dalai Lamas: A Questionable Master-Disciple Relationship
  • Amy Heller: The Protective Deities of the Dalai Lamas
  • Martin Brauen: Western Views of the Dalai Lamas
  • Per K. Sørensen: The Ninth Dalai Lama's Set of Seven Lineage Thangkas
  • Hanna Schneider: Tibetan Epistolary Style
  • Michael Henss: The Iconography of the Dalai Lamas

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