Geda the Living Buddha

The reason why i’m attracted to Geda the Living Buddha story is because of a early trip in the Sichuan Tibetan’s areas in 2007.

At that time me and my brother we spent one night in a little tibetan village inside Huanglong natural reserve, where still there were some old wodden hoses. In one of the we saw this propaganda poster.

Zhu De and Ge Da

Zhu De and Ge Da in a tipical propaganda poster of the time.

An original copy of the poster, which I photographed in 2007 in a Tibetan wooden house near Songpang{Sichuan prov.} where we have been hosted.

An original copy of the poster, which I photographed in 2007 in a Tibetan wooden house near Songpang{Sichuan prov.} where we have been hosted.

Unfortunately is difficult to find old Tibetan hoses still having this poster, so I have been very curious about it.

During a recent trip in Sichuan, we found a book published in Sichuan by Sichuan Ethnic Publishing house written by Nazhulamu, a Tibetan woman that worked in Sichuan for the Government and the Sichuan Daily.

The illustration book is quite interesting in is simplicity and the message that wants to transmit in telling the story of Geda the Living Buddha.

Geda · Luo Sangdeng Zaba( 1902  -1950 August 22) originally named Ga EDOM. Tibetan, Chinese people in Sichuan Ganzi Tibetan area, he was the fifth reincarnation of the Buddha Geda at the temple Baili.

1902, was born in a family home Xikang ordinary serfs Brix toast Ganzi area 内德西 Village, seven-year-old was identified as the reincarnation of Living Buddha Geda.

1919 went to Drepung learning, intelligent, studious, not only mastered the Buddhist code, but also on Tibetan history, literature, astronomy, Tibetan medicine has a deeper knowledge.

Geshe obtained after 1926, Brix return Ganzi Monastery, presided over the temple work. In 1936, the Red Army in the Long March of the Red Army division south central area of Ganzi, plans to open up here as a base, he actively cooperate with the Red Army, he served as vice chairman of the Chinese Soviet government Tibetans.

July of that year, because the Red Army can not be based Ganzi region, was forced after the Red Army joined forces with the Central Red Army northward to join. The following year, in order to avoid the ROC National Government held accountable, he went to Lhasa refuge, had just returned after Ganzi until 1947.

A picture of Dage together with Red Army soldiers.

A picture of Dage together with Red Army soldiers.

March 1950 , the Provincial Government announced that Chairman Liu Wenhui upriing, Ganzi also will be occupied by the PLA . Living Buddha Geda was appointed to the Southwest Military Committee , vice chairman of the People’s Government . Province , People’s Liberation Army Military Control Commission members and Southwest Kangding Ethnic Affairs Commission. July 10 , he volunteered to persuade want to Lhasa in Tibet with the Central People’s Government meetings and Kashag . But when it arrived Chamdo Jibei detention , neither to Lhasa , can no Lhalu Tsewang Dorjet return to Ganzi .

In August 22 , he suddenly passed away in Chamdo, while is generally believed that he was poisoned .

One theory is that the British radio operator Robert Ford first in Chamdo Baghdad under house arrest , after Baghdad killing . Ford was later captured in Chamdo , has denied this allegation , as explained in his biography.

Some other had reason to believe the was poisoned by Lhalu Tsewang Dorje, a political figure very important in Tibetan government in between 1946-1950. 1977-1983 he was forced to the labor work due to the Cultural Revolution, but then rehabilitated in 1983, when he become the vice-president of Committee of the Tibetan Autonomous Province.

To the  The Geda the Living Buddha has been also dedicated a Tv series in 2004 of 20 episodes. The way the story has been introduced and the plot is a bit more close to the Chinese screenplay, but still interesting.

The poster of the TV series of 2004 dedicated to Geda the Living Buddha.

The poster of the TV series of 2004 dedicated to Geda the Living Buddha.

 

 

 

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