Panchen Lama

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the lama next in rank to the Dalai Lama

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The main aim of the exhibition was to show the world that the tenth Panchen Lama had consistently worked for the welfare of the Tibetan people, and also that he had struggled to preserve Tibetan theological culture despite Chinese conquest and rule.
Even though they are Tibetans but they don't know much about the Panchen Lama," said Yudon.
"It's a big deal I think because they don't know much about Panchen Lama and through this way it will put pressure on the Chinese.
(This town had once been the seat of the Panchen Lama, who was second in hierarchy to the Dalai Lama.) As our ancient bus crept up along the 17,000 foot Kambla Pass, it appeared as if we were visiting another planet--the first humans to touch down upon an infinite expanse of blue and green that held the remnants of some ancient race.
Unknowingly, I arrived in Xigatse with thousands of other Tibetans who came to celebrate a visit by the Panchen Lama (since the Dalai Lama was forbidden to return) to his old seat of residence at the Tashilhunpo Monastery; he had only been allowed to return from Beijing a few times in past decades.
I walked to the Tashilhunpo Monastery, where hundreds of locals waited in line to be blessed by the Panchen Lama. The latest fad in Tibet was high-top sneakers.
The Dalai Lama, who has been living in exile for forty years, claims the boy is the eleventh reincarnation of the Panchen Lama, the second holiest individual in Tibetan Buddhism.
The story surrounding the selection of the Panchen Lama is a fascinating one--full of political intrigue, mystical ritual omens, visions, chants, dreams, divinations, and claims by the People's Republic of China (PRC) that it is more "religiously correct" and faithful to Tibetan Buddhism than is the Dalai Lama.
Whereas, before his retreat, the Dalai Lama had historically been the sovereign ruler of Tibet, concerned with secular as well as spiritual matters, the Panchen Lama's focus has been exclusively spiritual and he is believed by some to be spiritually superior to the Dalai Lama.
The tenth Panchen Lama died in 1989 under "mysterious" circumstances.
When I see the snow white clouds floating in the sky, how I wish I could see my lama." As to the identity of the lama, the only clue is the reference to the moon, which often symbolizes HH the Panchen Lama, about whom controversy still rages in Tibet.
The singer S from today's Sichuan, in his album "Waiting," sings in "Sad" of his separation from his "three brothers" who, from their symbolic description as the "Sun, Moon and Stars" are clearly the present HH Dalai Lama, the former HH Panchen Lama (the present incarnations are never referred to) and HH the Karmapa.
The veteran singer Y from southern Gansu in his song "Ears' Sweetness," after celebrating the return of the "Snow Lion" (HH the 10th Panchen Lama) (43), desires the return of "the sun, moon and stars in Tibet, and the community of theocracy will develop." Only religion (and the leadership of religious dignitaries of high moral character and supernatural abilities), it seems, is regarded as a proper basis for government in the Tibetan popular imagination.
The Nechung Oracle also participates in the selection of reincarnate lamas (including that of the Dalai Lama's and the Panchen Lama's).
"The Search for the Panchen Lama." London: Penguin Group, 1999, Pg.