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  Illusive Play: The Autobiography of the Fifth Dalai Lama
By: Samten Gyaltsen Karmay

Illusive Play: The Autobiography of the Fifth Dalai Lama


 
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Author: Samten Gyaltsen Karmay
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781932476675
Publication Date: May 2014

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The Illusive Play: The Autobiography of the Fifth Dalai Lama is an
English translation of the autobiography of Ngagwang Lobzang Gyatsho,
the Fifth Dalai Lama (1617-1682). The work is of exceptional value
because it has taken such care to give a precise chronology throughout
its entire length. Lobzang Gyatsho s autobiography is therefore a
veritable witness to the life and culture of Tibet in the 17th century,
which was a formative period for the establishment of the Tibetan
Buddhist theocracy. In addition, the major events in which he himself
played a pivotal role are presented: the overthrow of the king of Tsang,
the creation of the Tibetan theocratic state with the founding of the
Gaden Photrang government, the building of the Potala Palace and the
undertaking of major diplomatic relationships with foreign powers, such
as the Mongols and the Manchu empire. All these events are either
alluded to or fully recounted in a personal way, so that on reading them
one cannot help but feel the momentous occasions which the author
recounts from his own experience.

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