I doubt whether even in England men and women live on such natural and easy terms as in Tibet.[2] But the powerful finance secretary and political player, Tsepon Lungshar, was also a paramour of Lhalu Lhacham, and resented Rinzin’s relationship with her.Lungshar had a fine-looking wife but may have maintained his affair with Lhalu Lhacham for its political usefulness.

The reputation of the Dhingri regiment is second to none in the history of the modern Tibetan army.) But the untrained peasant policemen now just sat inside their police boxes chanting mantras and repairing the soles of Tibetan boots () to eke out their miserable pay.

Finally, in late 1948, the peasants were sent home and a proper police force created as a part of the Tagtra administration’s broad (but inadequate) response to the emerging threat of a Chinese invasion.

He also conducted a lot of business in Lhasa, and lived there in the twenties and thirties.

It appears that he knew such Lhasa musicians as Lutsa la, who later became the senior music teacher at TIPA.

Where available the correct spelling has been provided but a basic English transliteration has been used for the rest.

I wrote this piece for , a collection of papers to honor Tibet scholar Professor Elliot Sperling. It is my hope that this inadequate study will provide my most learned and steadfast friend, an amusing diversion from his otherwise serious academic routine.Rinzin was a handsome man and a lover of the famous Lhalu ) Jingpa composed many loving and witty verses in her praise.The Great Lady might not have exactly have overwhelmed with her looks.The decline of the latter force was particularly dramatic and striking.The smart, modern, well-trained and effective police force was disbanded and terminated for good.The men are smart and dressed in thick khaki serge in winter, and blue with yellow piping in summer.