View Chapters

Book: Buddhism in Five Minutes

Chapter: 43. What is the Role of the Dalai Lama?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.40782


The Dalai Lama is sometimes described in Western sources as a “god-king,” or sometimes depicted as a kind of Buddhist Pope. These presentations indicate something of the Dalai Lama’s significance in Tibet—his spiritually advanced status, his political centrality, and the religious institution associated with him—yet, in many ways, they are misleading.

Chapter Contributors

  • Cathy Cantwell ( - ccantwell) 'University of Oxford'