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Portrait of a Dalai Lama

The Life and Times of the Great Thirteenth

Bell Charles

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Wisdom Publications (MA)


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Titolo originale

Portrait of a Dalai Lama: The Life and Times of the Great Thirteenth

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Portrait of a Dalai Lama  

The biography of the thirteenth Dalai Lama of Tibet--full of stories, anecdotes and conversation. The story of one of Tibet's greatest religious and political leaders that also stands as an important historical portrait of a pivotal era in Asian cultural and political affairs.



Born in Calcutta, India. Joined Indian Civil Service 1891 and was posted to Bengal. Transferred to Darjeeling 1900. Appointed British Political Officer in Sikkim 1908, where he met Alexandra David-Neel and briefly became her landlord. Became very influential in politics in Bhutan and Sikkim. Met Dalai Lama XIII in 1910 when HH was forced to flee Chinese invaders and sought refuge in Sikkim. Became close friends and eventually wrote biography of Dalai Lama XIII. Clashed with Alexandra David-Neel some time after this, going so far as to ban her from entering Tibet (she did anyway) and punished her when he found out. Bell himself was frustrated at being initially banned from travel in Tibet further north than Gyantse, finally realizing his lifelong desire to visit Lhasa in November 1920. Retired to Oxford where he wrote authoritatively about Tibet. Described as being tall, fair-haired, easy-going and able to mingle freely with lots of different people with no trace of racism or superiority.