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Hostage of Beijing : the abduction of the Panchen Lama
Grasdorff, Gilles van.
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Panchen-Lama. French
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Shaftesbury, Dorset [England] ; Boston, Mass. : Element, 1999.
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xxiv, 260 pages, 12 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
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The 11th Panchen Lama, Guendun Tcheukyi Nyima, one of the most important dignitaries in Tibet and officially recognized as such by the Dalai Lama, was kidnapped in 1995 by the Chinese authorities, together with his family, when he was just 6 years old. At about the same time, another child from the same village was appointed Panchen Lama by the Chinese, although he is not recognized by the Tibetan people. This text presents an investigation into the kidnapping of the Panchen Lama."

Author Notes

Gilles Van Grasdorff is a journalist specializing in Tibetan affairs and he maintains close links with the Tibetan communities in exile. He has written many books on the subject, including Tibet: My Story (published by Element) which he co-wrote with Jetsun Pema, a sister of the Dalai Lama.

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Library Journal Review

Since the 17th century, reincarnated Panchen Lamas have administered the famous Tashilhunpo monastery and shared with the Dalai Lamas the forefront of the dominant Dge-lugs-pa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. This translation of the previously published Panchen-Lama: Otage De Pekin (Paris: Ramsay, 1998) relates the Byzantine interrelationships among the Panchen Lamas, Dalai Lamas, Tibetan aristocracy, and various Chinese regimes beginning with the Ninth Panchen Lama in 1900 and ending with the alleged Chinese abduction of the Eleventh in 1995. Van Grasdorff's telling, intended to spur action against the Chinese, is marred by awkward presentation (perhaps owing to translation), quoted conversations from private meetings without citation to a source, and this reviewer's inability to establish the author's credentials. Not recommended.√ĄJames R. Kuhlman, Univ. of North Carolina Lib., Asheville (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. IX
Forewordp. XI
Introductionp. XV
Part I The Ninth Panchen Lama (1900-1937)p. 1
1 The 'Continuity of Consciousness'p. 3
2 British Interventionp. 10
3 The Chinese Exert Controlp. 23
4 First Attempts at Modernizationp. 37
5 Death of the Thirteenth Dalai Lamap. 53
6 Rise of the Regent, Reting Rinpochep. 59
7 Search for the Fourteenth Dalai Lamap. 69
Part II The Tenth Panchen Lama (1938-1989)p. 83
8 A Corrupt Regimep. 85
9 Selection of the Tenth Panchen Lamap. 97
10 Arrival of the People's Liberation Armyp. 109
11 The Panchen Lama's Formative Yearsp. 122
12 The Tibetan People Rebelp. 133
13 Democratic Reforms'p. 143
14 The Seventy-Thousand Characters (1)p. 155
15 The Seventy-Thousand Characters (2)p. 168
16 Imprisonment and Rehabilitationp. 179
Part III The Eleventh Panchen Lama (1989-1999)p. 189
17 Puppet of Beijingp. 191
18 The Child Elected by Tibetp. 203
Conclusionp. 211
1999p. 215
Notesp. 216
Appendixp. 223
The Fourteen Dalai Lamasp. 225
The Lineage of the Panchen Lamasp. 226
Boundaries of Tibet, India and Chinap. 232
Colonies of Tibetan refugees in India and Nepalp. 233
The Main Prison and Labour Campsp. 234
Major Dates in the History of Tibetp. 236
Glossaryp. 243
Bibliographyp. 247
Indexp. 251