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Kunga wrote:... after the Dalai Lama, the throne holder of Sakya is the next senior figure.
J-Bird wrote:Kunga wrote:... after the Dalai Lama, the throne holder of Sakya is the next senior figure.
Well this isn't exactly true. In the Central TIbetan political system pre-1959, the Panchen Lama was the closest in succession to retaining the political role of the executive of the central TIbetan Government. This being said however, from a religious point of view, the Karmapa incarnations, were held the 2nd highest religious throne in Tibet, aside from the Dalai Lamas.
It is an itheresting discusison though, and my understanding may be somewhat misguided. If anyone has any other info, I would be interested to better understand the heriarcy between the Glug, Sakya, Kagyu-pa and Nyigma lamas in relation to political power.
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