Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

The Intersection Of Religion And Politics

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

This chapter focuses on subjects that help understanding the religion and politics of the Tibetans over a long period of their history. They are given in order of what one might reasonably consider their rank of overall importance to the formation of Tibet's religious culture. In the development of his personal cult of Avalokiteśvara, the Fifth Dalai Lama utilized the well-known motif of the connection between Avalokiteśvara and the Potalaka, a mountain said by Xuanzang to have been in southern India, upon the top of which was that Bodhisattva's court. Ariane MacDonald considered gtsug lag to be the concept which summed up Tibet's "pre-Buddhist" religion and which, in particular, described the religious polity of the non-Buddhist Srong Btsan Sgam-po. The chapter discusses how the concept of the Cakravartin has been expressed in Tibet. It analyzes the terms Btsan-po, Rgyal-po and Nongs.

Keywords: Avalokiteśvara; Btsan-po; Fifth Dalai Lama; Nongs; Potalaka; Rgyal-po; Tibetan politics; Tibetan religion



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Buddhism and Empire — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation