Leonard W. J. van der Kuijp – The Dalai Lamas and the Origins of Reincarnate Lamas

The Tibetan History Reader

This week our featured books are Sources of Tibetan Tradition, edited by Kurtis R. Schaeffer, Matthew T. Kapstein, and Gray Tuttle, and The Tibetan History Reader, Edited by Gray Tuttle and Kurtis R. Schaeffer.

Today, we’ve got an excerpt from The Tibetan History Reader: “The Dalai Lamas and the Origins of Reincarnate Lamas,” by Leonard W. J. van der Kuijp. In this essay, van der Kuijp looks at the history of the Dalai Lamas and, in particular, when they came to be “associated with the most important Buddhist celestial being in Tibet.”

The Dalai Lamas and the Origins of Reincarnate Lamas, from The Tibetan History Reader

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