Panchen Lama

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Panchen Lama:

see Tibetan BuddhismTibetan Buddhism,
form of Buddhism prevailing in the Tibet region of China, Bhutan, the state of Sikkim in India, Mongolia, and parts of Siberia and SW China. It has sometimes been called Lamaism, from the name of the Tibetan monks, the lamas [superior ones].
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Panchen Lama


(from pan, shortened form of Sanskrit pandit, “learned man”; Tibetan chen, “great”; and Tibetan lama, “superior”), the title of the second hierarch, after the Dalai Lama, in Tibetan Lamaism. The institution of the Panchen Lama has existed since the mid-17th century. The tenth Panchen Lama was Lobsan Prinlelhuntrup Chkhoki-gyetsei (born 1938). He was elevated to the rank in 1949. He occupied a series of important government posts in the autonomous region of Tibet. He was arrested in 1964, and his subsequent fate is unknown.

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One factor was the demise of two of the most important personalities: in 1780 the Panchen Lama died of smallpox while on a visit to Peking (with Purangir in his entourage).
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In "Sun, Moon and Stars," he sings, "The golden sun is shining in another land (HH the Dalai Lama is in India)/ the Moon is covered by clouds (the fate of the last Panchen Lama is unknown) The star is shining behind the mountains (HH the Karmapa is in India.
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Deng Xiaogang, executive vice chairman of the Tibet Autonomous Regional government, said the fund is expected to play an even greater role in promoting social and economic development in Tibet under the leadership of the 11th Panchen Lama.
China knows that there is every reason to expect that restive Tibet, whose people have largely scorned the Chinese-appointed Panchen Lama as a fraud, would not accept its chosen Dalai Lama.
The Dalai Lama used a different process to select the Panchen Lama and came up with a different candidate, so now there are two of them.
Chinese authorities instead installed the young boy Gyaltsen Norbu as the 11th Panchen Lama in 1995.
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