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This essay by attorney-author Charles Carreon, who spent over twenty years studying Tibetan Buddhism with numerous lamas, recounts the surprising history of the fourteen Dalai Lamas, who are commonly believed to have reincarnated serially, growing inMoreThis essay by attorney-author Charles Carreon, who spent over twenty years studying Tibetan Buddhism with numerous lamas, recounts the surprising history of the fourteen Dalai Lamas, who are commonly believed to have reincarnated serially, growing in wisdom with each rebirth, since the fifteenth century. As every well-informed reader of Tibetan history knows, this tale is nothing more than PR. The truth is that the rule of the Dalai Lamas was founded on a violent takeover of rival sects with the aid of Mongol armies that razed monasteries and killed those who refused to convert, and once established, the lineage was manipulated by a cruel conspiracy of ecclesiastical manipulators every bit as cynical as the poisoner-Popes of medieval Europe. Four of the Dalai Lamas were assassinated before they reached the age of twenty, in order to perpetuate a long period of Regent-rule. The Thirteenth Dalai Lama was the first to escape this deadly fate. Written in Carreons trademark irreverent style, this factually-accurate essay will give you a greater understanding of why the current Dalai Lama himself has always denied knowledge of his past incarnations, and admits only to being a simple Buddhist monk. This is clearly not false modesty. From the text: In the end, the illustrious history of the Dalai Lamas just doesnt exist. Their sad legacy is a testament to the Byzantine manipulations of the Potala Junta. The credulous Tibetan people have been taught that they are led by a god-king, but that king is an invention of unscrupulous political strategists who sell influence as their primary product.