The Panchen Lama’s 70,000 Character Petition of 1962

Panchen Lama with monks in Tibet, date unknown

“… a poisoned arrow shot at the Party by reactionary feudal overloads.” – Mao Zedong’s reported comment on the Petition The 10th Panchen Lama’s most memorable achievement is the 70,000 Character Petition [B4], a document addressing the brutal suppression of the Tibetan people during and after the 1950 Chinese invasion of Tibet. It remains the “most…

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The Last Dalai Lama?

Dharamsala, India - June 6, 2017: His Holiness the 14 Dalai Lama

Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has said he realizes that he may be the last to hold the title. But he told the BBC it would be better than the centuries-old tradition ceased “at the time of a popular Dalai Lama”. (Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-30510018). This post is still in preparation. For the time being, see…

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The Incarnation of the 14th Dalai Lama

Dharamsala, India - June 6, 2017: His Holiness the 14 Dalai Lama

The 14th Dalai Lama was born in Taktser, Amdo, Tibet, and was selected as the tulku of the 13th Dalai Lama in 1937 and formally recognized as the 14th Dalai Lama at a public declaration near the town of Bumchen in 1939. His enthronement ceremony as the Dalai Lama was held in Lhasa on February…

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The Selection of the 11th Panchen Lama

Shigatse (Xigatse) Dzong, Tibet

We’re praying for his rapid reincarnation, but we don’t know when or where we’ll find the boy. – Barsan, a senior lama at the Tashilhunpo Monastery in 1990 The majority of records written after the events in 1995, namely the selection of the 11th Panchen Lama, focus on the unresolved problem of two Panchen Lama,…

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The Tibet-China Conflict

Podium and Chinese Flag

Tibetans are betrayed by their hopefulness, the Chinese by their suspiciousness. – Tibetan Saying The number of works written on the Sino-Tibetan relationship is as vast as the history between these neighbors in the Himalayan region. The following can only be considered a “quick reference” for the newcomer to the topic, and for that reason, I…

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Records of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima

The 11th Panchen Lama Gedhun Choekyi Nyima

A political prisoner is someone who is out fighting for his or her people’s rights and freedom and is imprisoned for that alone. – Leonard Peltier To say it upfront, the whereabouts of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima is unknown. The interpretation of the available records (which must be taken with a considerable grain of salt) can lead…

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Appendix M – Misc. References

The following represents a number of documents related to the Panchen Lama Controversy that are available as downloads from the Internet. As it is in the nature of the Internet, some of these resources may not be available anymore. In such case, and you are interested in a copy, please feel free to contact the…

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Appendix B – Books on Tibet, Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama

The list of literature below is, naturally, utterly incomplete when it comes to Tibetan matters of all kind, but it represents those books that either relate closely to the topic of the Panchen Lama controversy or, in the author’s humble opinion, they stand out from the rest. [1] The Search for the Panchen Lama By Isabel…

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Appendix W – Web References

The below listed Internet references were all valid at the time of the research for this report. They are listed in random order as they appeared during the author’s research process. As it is in the nature of the medium, some of these references may lead to broken links at any time after (or even…

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Appendix A – Article References

The below listed online articles were valid at the time of the research for this report. They are listed in random order as they appeared during the author’s research process. Some of the referenced articles, specifically those found through newspapers and magazines such as Time, New York Times, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, etc.,…

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