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A Tibetan RevolutionaryThe Political Life and Times of Bapa Phuntso Wangye$
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Melvyn Goldstein

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520240896

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520240896.001.0001

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An Interlude in Beijing

An Interlude in Beijing

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(p.185) Chapter 16 An Interlude in Beijing
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A Tibetan Revolutionary
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Melvyn C. Goldstein

Dawei Sherap

William R. Siebenschuh

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520240896.003.0017

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

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