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Noss David S Dalai Lama A History of the Worlds Religons 12th edUpper Saddle River New Jersey Pearson 2008 230-31 PrintThe book focuses on the worlds many religions The book offers abroad analysis on these religions history ideology mythos andrituals While the book does focus on many world religions thesection specifically about the Dalai Lama The section gives a briefhistory of the origin of the Dalai Lama and how the Dalai Lama has cometo be the leader that we know today The Dalai Lama was at first ahereditary title where the next Dalai Lama was the current ones sonAfter a major reformation however the monks were bound to stricterrules including celibacy The section then makes mention of the intenseprocess of finding and selecting a new Dalai Lama The monks made useof their belief in reincarnation and stated that the Dalai Lama wasreborn creating in theory an unbroken chain of rule This meant thatthe next Dalai Lama was always a reincarnation of the old Dalai Lamathus perpetuating the idea of reincarnation into the real world and indaily life This textbook would make a good source for a very brief andsimplified history of the early Dalai Lamas Sparham Gareth Dalai Lama Encyclopedia of Buddhism Vol 1 NewYork Macmillan Reference 2004 192-96 Print 12 Oct 2012The encyclopedia is very comprehensive in covering the historyteachings and important figures in Buddhism The entry specificallyabout the Dalai Lama is detailed but yet it is still a very broadoverveiw of the Dalai Lama The entry makes mention of the early DalaiLamas specifically the first fourth fifth sixth thirteenth andfourteenth In addition the origin and meanings of the words Dalai andLama The selection process is also mentioned and the influence ofChina on the selection is mentioned While the entry is useful for aquick brief overview of the Dalai Lama it would not make a greatresource in an academic paper
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