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The 9th Panchen Lama

At the moment of writing the Panchen Lama is still en route: it was from Kumbum that he dispatched to the British Ambassador in Peking a telegram of condolence on the death of King George V.

Having left Sining, Peter Fleming and Ella Maillart have reached Tangar and joined a camel caravan due west.

Soon they find hospitality in a monastery – and here the main topic of discussion is the imminent return to Tibet of the exiled Pancehn Lama – which Peter Fleming calls also the Tashi-Lama, from the name of the Panchen Lama’s traditional seat, Tashilhunpo Monastery in Shigatse.


Now, who’s this exiled lama guy? Continue reading