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Conflicts Between The Sixth Dalai Lama, The Regent Desi Sangyé Gyatso, And Lozang Khan

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When the powerful fifth Dalai Lama died in 1682, his regent Desi Sangyé Gyatso hoped to retain the authority and allegiance that only the "Great Fifth" could inspire. He felt that if public remained unaware of the passing of charismatic figure, it would be possible to maintain streams of patronage from abroad, foster harmony among Mongolians and Chinese in borderlands to the east of Tibet. Lozang Khan first arrived in Tibet at the turn of eighteenth century in the wake of a family dispute in the border region between Mongolia, China, and Tibet. In his quest to assume the prerogatives that had been enjoyed by his esteemed grandfather, he had to displace the powerful Regent Desi, who had ruled Tibet by himself since before the fifth Dalai Lama died in 1682. By 1705, the conflict between them became acute, and Lozang Khan was able to rally opposition to the Desi.

Keywords: charismatic figure; Chinese; Dalai Lama; Lozang Khan; Mongolians; Regent Desi Sangyé Gyatso; Tibet

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