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Great Fourteenth Dalai Lama Is Enthroned

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This chapter provides a detailed narration of the process of identifying the new incarnation of the Dalai Lama. Once the child is identified, a Chinese warlord Mā Bufang, who governed Qinghai, demanded a bribe of four hundred thousand silver coins. Without announcing the identity of the child, a resolution was eventually achieved and the youth was brought to Lhasa. Radreng Rinpoché cut the ceremonial lock of hair and granted the boy his new name. The Regent Radreng oversaw his enthronement and early education. Just before Japan invaded China in 1941, the Regent Radreng retired and was replaced by the Dalai Lama's tutor. Although Radreng was a monk constrained by the vow of celibacy, he had not vigorously protected his commitments, and due to the impurity of his monastic status, he was deemed to be unsuitable to serve as the Dalai Lama's preceptor.

Keywords: Chinese; Dalai Lama; enthroned; incarnation; Lhasa; Mā Bufang; Radreng Rinpoché; Regent Radreng

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