By Keith Dowman
Tibet is now open to somebody wishing to discover its historical tradition. This booklet, in response to a nineteenth-century consultant for Tibetan pilgrims via the well known Lama Jamyang Kyentse Wangopo , describes the site, web site, relics and historical past to areas of significant spiritual and historical value. to accomplish the advisor, the writer in Jamyang Kyentse's footsteps, traveling one hundred fifty temples, monasteries, sacred caves, lakes and mountains.
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And Tashi Lhumpo As it grew in the 15th century the Gelukpa or Virtuous School, as it was known, became highly centralized, every monastery acknowledging the Dalai Lama's authority, while the Red Hats' power was dispersed amongst the various monasteries' heads. However, the Ked Hats were entrenched amongst the old nobility and particularly were identihed with the Princes of Tsang who in the late 16th century were virtually Kings of Tiber. Thus the Karma, Kagyu school's jealousy of the rising CIS 109 political power of the Gelukpas translated into military force would probably have been successful had not the Great Fifth f<'reign army to achieve Gelukpa supremacy.
And to the Tibetans as Yishinorbu, Wish-fulhlling Wish-fulfilling Gem, or Gyelwa ~ ~ e l wRimpoche, a ~ i m ~ othe c h Precious e, Victorious Buddha, in whose name Tibet has been ruled for the last 300 years. The location of the Potala is evident to anyone who scans rhe horizon anywhere near the Lhasa stretch of the Kyichu, as this architectural gem, gern, built in the colossal coloeal monastic style of Cenrral Tibet by Gyelwa Ngapa, the Great Fifth Dalai Lama, in the 17th century, stands 300 m above the valley atop the hill called Marpo Ri.
M p a rwl\. rrun qg0o""fA. -..... v;llagc viLt~t. ,. T F_sEr • ! METERS /. » 0 (in OOOs 000's) O ~Jn a ,2- 0 0 ! i ! , • , I I I I C ! I ! /tS1 MILES 30 10 , r I i , 10 1'J' 30 ! 10 I~ ~o To I 3° I 9 Introduction / 37 36 / Introduction N t Map 2 The Valleys of Central Tibet THE VALLEYS OF CENTRAL TI BET' 1 THE HOLY CITY OF LHASA Lhasa was founded by the Emperor Songtsen Gampo as a principal cenrre centre of of the Tibetan Empire in the 7th century. Since principal the beginning of the Dalai Lamas' temporal ascendancy in the 17th century, the Holy City of Lhasa has had no rival in the domination of Tibet's spiritual and political life.