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Eleventh And Twelfth Dalai Lamas; The Dogra War In Ladakh ; Regent Shedra And Treasurer Pelden Döndrup

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This chapter opens with the process of identifying a new Dalai Lama, this time the eleventh in the lineage. According to Shakabpa, the child, born in 1838, had already been determined to be the correct incarnation when the Golden Urn Lottery was performed confirming the selection. Meanwhile, turmoil in India bubbled up over the edge of the Himalayas to influence events in Tibet. A conflict broke out with the Ladakhis in 1853. For more than ten years, the Dogra King Singh had continually harassed the border region of Ladakh. Radreng Rinpoché conducted the search for the twelfth Dalai Lama, ultimately selecting a boy from Ölga known as Trinlé Gyatso (1856– 1875). In the wake of the previous events surrounding the ascent of Regent Shedra, Pelden Döndrup was elevated to the status of a cabinet minister, and eventually he was appointed as the Dalai Lama’s personal attendant.

Keywords: Dogra war; eleventh Dalai Lama; Golden Urn Lottery; Ladakh; Pelden Döndrup; Regent Shedra; Tibet; twelfth Dalai Lama

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