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The Search for the Panchen Lama
by Isabel Hilton
- CULTURAL PORTRAIT
- 352 PAGES
A skillful and subtle story of the selection -- and kidnapping -- of a young Tibetan boy, the 11th incarnation of the Pachen Lama. Hilton reports the story of the religious leader in detail, combining her own interviews and travels with a clear outline of recent Tibetan history. Missing since 1995, Chinese authorities have yet to reveal the whereabouts of the young Pachen Lama, the second most important religious figure (after the Dalai Lama) in Tibet. It's a complex tale, revealing much about the current state of affairs between Tibet and China.