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Great Fifth Dalai Lama Assumes Political Power Over Tibet

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This chapter provides the foundation of Tsepön Shakabpa's case for Tibet 's political status in that the central argument is rooted in events that unfolded during the life of the fifth Dalai Lama Ngawang Lozang Gyatso. It outlines the birth, discovery, enthronement, and rise to power of the fifth Dalai Lama. It then contextualizes the Dalai Lama's emerging political career within the religious and political history, and it constructs a careful justification for the sequence of events that culminated in the Dalai Lama's ascent to political power. The chapter describes key episodes in the Dalai Lama's rule of Tibet, including his construction of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, and it ends with an account of his death. Throughout, it is concerned to demonstrate that Tibet conducted its own affairs independently without involvement from China.

Keywords: Dalai Lama; Lhasa; Ngawang Lozang Gyatso; political power; Potala Palace; Tibet; Tsepön Shakabpa



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