Portrait of a Dalai Lama: The Life and Times of the Great Thirteenth

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Item Code: IDE899
Publisher: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd.
Author: Charles Bell
Language: English
Edition: 2000
ISBN: 8121509440
Pages: 414 (Color Illus: 2, B & W Illus: 47, Maps: 2)
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 9.0" X 6.0"
Weight 660 gm
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From the Jacket :

The Dalai Lama of Tibet are unique. A succession of fourteen have been guiding the spiritual life of the Tibetan people for nearly six centuries, and for three hundred years have held secular power as well. Revered as the human embodiment of Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion, they choose, out of their great desire to benefit others, to reincarnate life after life as the Dalai Lama.

Thubten Gyatso, the Thirteenth Dalai Lama, was born to a peasant family in 1876. He was discovered, brought to Lhasa and enthroned at the age of three. Educated as a monk, he took over full power when he was eighteen and ruled until his death thirty-seven years later. His rule would prove to be more strong, more radical and more complete than that of any Dalai Lama since the Great Fifth.

"His courage and energy were inexhaustible. He recoiled from nothing," writes Charles Bell, who as Political Officer in the Himalayas first met him in 1910. They developed a firm and affectionate friendship, politically and personally, that would last for twenty-five years.

Portrait of a Dalai Lama is packed full of history, stories, facts and figures, anecdotes and conversation, and is compelling reading.

About the Author :

Sir Charles Bell was born in Calcutta in 1870 and educated in England at Winchester and Oxford. He joined the Indian Civil Service in 1891 and was transferred to Kalimpong, Sikkim in 1901, where he began his lifelong relationship with Tibet. He twice acted as Political Officer for Sikkim, Bhutan and Tibet and eventually held that post for ten years before retiring in 1919. He was recalled to duty, however, and in 1920 headed a successful diplomatic mission toLhasa.

He wrote several books about Tibet, her people and her language; few since, and certainly none before, have written so well about Tibet.




I. A Unique Figure in World History 15
II. How I Came to Work in Tibet 23
III. Waht is a Dalai Lama? 30
IV. Discovering Him 39
V. Training Him 46


VI. Dark Years 53
VII. Diplomacy and War 60
VIII. The First Exile 65
IX. Golden Peking 72
X. Chinese Troops Invade Tibet 78
XI. The Flight from Lhasa to India 82
XII. The Second Exile 90
XIII. British Neutrality 97
XIV Frequent Talks with the Dalai Lama 103
XV. Life in Darjeeling 108
XVI. Political Struggles 116
XVII. The Tide Turns 124


XVIII. The Dalai Lama comes back to Tibet 131
XIX. The Heads of the Tibetan Government 139
XX. The Parliament 144
XXI. Difficulties in Government 149
XXII. Judge and Historian 156
XXIII. Finance 162
XXIV. Full Control 168
XXV. Gotama, the Buddha 175
XXVI. What is Tibetan Buddhism? 180
XXVII. A God on Earth 187
XXVIII. Controls the Religion 194
XXIX. Boys, Baths, and a Treaty 202
XXX. Retirement after the First World War 209


XXXI. The Government ask me to Return 216
XXXII. We go to Lhasa 219
XXXIII. A Cordial Welcome 227
XXXIV. The Dalai Lama's Private Life 233
XXXV. Recall from Lhasa Postponed 240
XXXVI. Increase the Army? 247
XXXVII. Casting out the Evil of the Old Year 254
XXXVIII. The Potala 261
XXXIX. The King's New Year 268
XL. People Urged to Kill Us 275
XLI. The Butter Festival 281
XLII. Rebellion is Threatened 288
XLIII. The Temple 293
XLIV. Dalai Lama's Favourite in Danger 293
XLV. A Day, an Illness, and an Angry Monastery 302
XLVI. Bringing the Rain 310
XLVII. Men and Monasteries 317
XLVIII. The Dalai Lama's Theatre Party 322
XLIX. Rebellion 327
L. End of our Visit Draws Near 333
LI. "We Two are Men of Like Mind" 338


LII. Mongolia, Nepal, Russia, Japan 344
LIII. China 352


LIV. Dalai and Pan-chen Lamas 361
LV. Dalai Lama turns towards China 366
LVI. Occupations in Old Age 372
LVII. His Political Testament 376


LVIII. The Honourable Field 383
LIX. Opinions on His Rule 389
LX. The Return 392
  Index 401


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