xii, 203p., App., Gloss., Bib., Index, 23 cm. (Emerging Perceptions in Buddhist Studies No.15)
From the fifteenth century on, the Dalai Lamas emerged as the pre-eminent spiritual and secular leaders of Tibet. Starting with the spread of Buddhism and its introduction into Tibet, Verhaegen chronicles the development of that country's unique religious culture, the rise to prominence of the Dalai Lamas, and the role of the Dalai Lama institution within the social-political structures of Tibet and Asia. Descriptions of the workings of the institution itself and the current struggles of Tibetan culture to survive outside its historical borders round out this volume.