China Tells Living Buddhas To Obtain Permission Before They Reincarnate – Jane Macartney

 Multimedia Archive 00194 Dali-Lama 194570A According to this report, Beijing’s new rules effectively exclude the Dali Lama from any role in recognising a living Buddha of Tibet:

Tibet’s living Buddhas have been banned from reincarnation without permission from China’s atheist leaders. The ban is included in new rules intended to assert Beijing’s authority over Tibet’s restive and deeply Buddhist people.

“The so-called reincarnated living Buddha without government approval is illegal and invalid,” according to the order, which comes into effect on September 1.

The 14-part regulation issued by the State Administration for Religious Affairs is aimed at limiting the influence of Tibet’s exiled god-king, the Dalai Lama, and at preventing the re-incarnation of the 72-year-old monk without approval from Beijing. [Full Text]

August 4, 2007 5:50 AM
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