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The Dalai Lama and the Emperor of ChinaA Political History of the Tibetan Institution of Reincarnation$
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Peter Schwieger

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231168526

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231168526.001.0001

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The Historical Development of the Trülku Position

The Historical Development of the Trülku Position

(p.17) 1 The Historical Development of the Trülku Position
The Dalai Lama and the Emperor of China

Peter Schwieger

Columbia University Press

This chapter traces the historical development of the trülku position. The social position of the trülku in the form we know today did not arise at one specific point, but rather developed gradually over time. Although it is generally accepted that all of its essential components had already been taken from various Mahāyāna doctrines during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries and then combined to form one homogeneous trülku concept, it was not until the seventeenth century that the position finally embraced all of the religious, social, and political functions that are associated with it today.

Keywords:   Buddhism, trülku, social position, Mahāyāna

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