Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Dalai Lama and the Emperor of ChinaA Political History of the Tibetan Institution of Reincarnation$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Peter Schwieger

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231168526

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231168526.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM COLUMBIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.columbia.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Minnesota Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CUPSO for personal use.date: 28 June 2022

A Trülku as the Head of Society

A Trülku as the Head of Society

(p.50) 2 A Trülku as the Head of Society
The Dalai Lama and the Emperor of China

Peter Schwieger

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses the rise of the Tibetan trülku as head of society in the seventeenth century. Drawing on the concept of the “union of religion and politics,” the clerical elite further developed the idea of the “two systems” (luknyi), and the distinction between the religious and the secular spheres became more and more blurred. Charismatic Buddhist hierarchs and their followers used historical precedent to legitimize the political rule of Buddhist clerics. Because the lamas who exercised secular power were now also trülku, emanations of transcendent bodhisattvas or buddhas, the “ union of religion and politics” from the seventeenth to the twentieth century can be classified as a kind of sacred kingship.

Keywords:   Tibetan history, Tibet, trülku position, head of society, reincarnation, religion, politics, Buddhist clerics, lamas, kingship

Columbia Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .