Lama of the Gobi: How Mongolia's Mystic Monk Spread Tibetan Buddhism in the World's Harshest Desert

Overview

Danzan Ravjaa (1803-1856), officially known as the Fifth Noyon Incarnate Lama of the Gobi Desert, is perhaps Mongolia's most beloved saint. The Fourth had caused so many scandals that the Manchu Emperor banned his reincarnation. Consequently, when the young child was enthroned as the Fifth, the Emperor issued an edict of execution on the boy and all associated with the event. The child was only saved by the personal intervention of the Fourth Panchen Lama and a letter of appeal from the young Ninth Dalai Lama, ...

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Overview

Danzan Ravjaa (1803-1856), officially known as the Fifth Noyon Incarnate Lama of the Gobi Desert, is perhaps Mongolia's most beloved saint. The Fourth had caused so many scandals that the Manchu Emperor banned his reincarnation. Consequently, when the young child was enthroned as the Fifth, the Emperor issued an edict of execution on the boy and all associated with the event. The child was only saved by the personal intervention of the Fourth Panchen Lama and a letter of appeal from the young Ninth Dalai Lama, Luntok Gyatso. Their efforts proved well worthwhile, for the boy went on to become one of the greatest mystics and creative geniuses of 19th-century Mongolia.

Lama of the Gobi is an investigative account of the life and times of this extraordinary man. It takes the reader on a journey through Mongolian history, Tibetan Buddhism and the traditions of nomadic culture to generate an appreciation of both the man and the many legends that surround him. This revealing story winds its way from Danzan Ravjaa's mythic past until the present day - as the people of the Gobi Desert still faithfully maintain his cult-like status.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789881774262
  • Publisher: Blacksmith Books
  • Publication date: 11/16/2010
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Note 6

Preface 7

Introduction 13

1 The Mysterious Monk 19

2 The Torch is Passed 35

3 Incidents of Youth 51

4 Ravjaa and Buddhism 71

5 Mongolia in the 19th Century 79

6 A Desert Theater 87

7 The Great Poet 127

8 The Renaissance Man 145

9 Adventures and Companions 163

10 Travels and the Capital City 179

11 An Untimely End 185

12 Ravjaa Resurrected 203

Epilogue 225

Chronology 228

Glossary 233

Bibliography 236

Endnotes 240

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