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Public Lecture: The Selection of Dalai Lama and its Political, Religious & Social influence in Tibet


15 August 2012

On 15 August, the Confucius Institute will present a public lecture on "the selection of the Dalai Lama and his Political, Religious and Social influence in Tibet". This public lecture will look at the origins and theoretical foundations of the reincarnation system of Tibetan Buddhism, the history of the name "Dalai Lama", the ritual formalities of the reincarnation system, and how the office of Dalai Lama as political and religious leader has influenced government and society in Tibet. The lecture will also discuss the selection process and alternative candidates for reincarnation as Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama is a high lama in the Gelugpa or "Yellow Hat" branch of Tibetan Buddhism. In religious terms, the Dalai Lama is believed by his devotees to be the rebirth of a long line of tulkus, the manifestations of the bodhisattva of compassion, AvalokiteĊ›vara. Traditionally, a Dalai Lama is thought of as the latest reincarnation of a series of spiritual leaders who have chosen to be reborn in order to enlighten others. The line of Dalai Lamas began as a lineage of spiritual teachers; the 5th Dalai Lama also assumed political authority over Tibet. Professor Zhang Yun is the Director of the Institute for History Studies, Chinese Centre for Tibetan Studies who is an expert in ancient Tibetan History during the Tang and Yuan dynasties. Professor Zhang has published seven scholarly books, including "Collected Discussions on Tibetan History," (2008); "Ancient Tibetan and Persian Civilizations" (2005); "Tibetan History and Northwest Ethnic History in the Tang Dynasty" (2004); "Study of the Administrative System of Tibet under Central Government in the Yuan Dynasty" (2003). Event Date: Wed 15 Aug 4.30pm-6pm Venue: Lecture Theatre 448, Old Teachers College, University of Sydney Cost: Free event Booking: Email: confucius.institute@sydney.edu.au * Please note, while the Confucius Institute is organising the lecture, the guest speaker's view do not necessarily represent the views of the CI.

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