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The Madman's Middle Way: Reflections on Reality of the Tibetan Monk Gendun Chopel

Donald S. Lopez Jr.

Abstract

Gendun Chopel is considered the most important Tibetan intellectual of the twentieth century. His life spanned the two defining moments in modern Tibetan history: the entry into Lhasa by British troops in 1904 and by Chinese troops in 1951. Recognized as an incarnate lama while he was a child, Gendun Chopel excelled in the traditional monastic curriculum and went on to become expert in fields as diverse as philosophy, history, linguistics, geography, and tantric Buddhism. Near the end of his life, before he was persecuted and imprisoned by the government of the young Dalai Lama, he would dicta ... More

Keywords: Gendun Chopel, Tibetan history, Dalai Lama, Adornment for Nagarjuna's Thought, Madhyamaka, Tibetan Buddhism, modernity, Middle Way

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780226493169
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226493220.001.0001

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Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Donald S. Lopez Jr., author

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