TibetSDSU - Government in exile Dharamsala Dalai Lama...

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Tibet “The Roof of the World” And “The Land of Snows”
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History (and Buddhism) • Militaristic dynasties 540-840 and the first introduction of Buddhism • Tibetan unity of identity but regional rulers/princes 840-978 reacting against “foreign” Buddhist influence • Regional princes sponsoring a Buddhist revival 978-1244
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History (and Buddhism) part 2 • Feudal centralized Tibet subservient to the mongo empire until 14th century • Reincarnated leaders starts • 1642 the Great Fifth Dalai Lama ends century of conflict between lamas and warlords fearing Buddhist power
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Dalai Lama • 1578 Mongol leader bestows “Ocean of Wisdom” title • DLs proceed to build monastic nation- state
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Later developments • Regents and councils support/supplant lamas • 1904 British forces from India invade Tibet and Qing China claims Tibet • 1959 China invades, Dalai Lama flees
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