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An Interlude in Beijing

Melvyn C. Goldstein, Dawei Sherap and William R. Siebenschuh

in A Tibetan Revolutionary

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780520240896
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940307 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520240896.003.0017
An Interlude in Beijing

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In 1953, Phüntso Wangye was sent to Beijing with a delegation of Tibetan religious leaders attending the inaugural meeting of the Buddhist Association of China. Just before they were going to depart, two senior cadres from the State Nationalities Affairs Commission, Wang Feng and Liu Geping, informed him that it had been suggested that he remain in Beijing. Two major events occurred in China in 1954 that affected Phüntso's life: the inaugural meeting of the National People's Congress and its approval of China's first constitution, and the Dalai Lama's first visit to inland China. The central government felt strongly that it was important for the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama to resolve their differences, and so encouraged them to use this opportunity to discuss the outstanding issues. The Dalai Lama then prepared to leave for Tibet after the May First celebration.

Keywords: Beijing; Buddhist Association; Wang Feng; Liu Geping; Dalai Lama; National People's Congress; Panchen Lama; Tibet; Phüntso Wangye

Chapter.  8370 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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