The Future of Tibet: The Government-in-exile Meets the Challenge of Democratization (Asian Thought and Culture Series)

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During the forty years of his exile, says Boyd (history, Iona College, New York) the Dalai Lama and his Government in Exile have worked toward transforming the feudal theocracy they inherited into a democracy that can be implemented if and when they ever regain their native territory. She describes how they grapple with such questions as the role of the Dalai Lama, the electing of officials, regionalism versus nationalism, and the absence of necessary policies for implementing sound governmental procedures. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780820457277
  • Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Series: Asian Thought and Culture Series
  • Pages: 121
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xi
Introduction 1
Chapter 1 The Historical Significance of the Institution of the Dalai Lama 5
The Process of Selection 5
The Qing Era and the Rise of the Dalai Lama 6
Tibetan Politics and Society in the Qing Era 9
Tibetan Monasticism and Society in the Qing Era 12
The Era of the 1940's and 1950's 15
1959 and Exile 16
Exile and the Future of the Institution of the Dalai Lama 17
Chapter 2 The Political Structure of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile 24
The Dalai Lama's Plans in 1960 24
The Successful Evolution of the Dalai Lama's Plans 25
Opposition and Problems in Exile 30
Chapter 3 Buddhism and Democracy 44
Introduction 44
Equality and Compassion 45
The Collective Good 46
Parliamentary Experience 47
Economics and Universal Responsibility 48
Tolerance and Respect 49
Non-Violence 50
Education and Democracy 51
Rational Attitudes 52
Pursuit of Happiness 54
Church and State 54
Chapter 4 The Influence of the Indian Government upon the Government-in-Exile 58
External Influences upon the Twentieth Century Dalai Lamas 58
Indian and Tibetan Democratic Similarities 59
The Influence of Indian Leaders 62
India's Tolerance of the Promulgation of the Tibetan Cause 63
Chapter 5 Support for Democracy: Past and Present Educational Systems 69
Early Monastic Education 69
Modern Education in Exile 74
Achievement in Exile 77
Democracy and the Schools in Exile 81
Indian Curriculum Guidelines 81
Challenges for the Future 84
Chapter 6 Tension Between the Tibetan Youth Congress and the Government-in-Exile 90
Formation of the Tibetan Youth Organization 91
Early Relations between the TYC and the Exiled Government 92
Tibetan Youth Congress and its Criticisms of Domestic Policies 95
Criticisms of Foreign Policy by the TYC 97
Tibetan Youth Congress Publications 100
Remaining Tensions 101
Conclusion 105
Bibliography 113
Index 119
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