China puts the teenage Panchen Lama on display – Jenny Booth

From The Times Online (link):

0,,288575,00China today allowed the teenage boy it has chosen as the Panchen Lama to make his first public speech, delivering a carefully calibrated message about patriotism and harmony.

Gyaltsen Norbu, 16, was selected by the Chinese Government in 1995 to be the second most senior figure in Tibetan .

Another boy of the same age, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, identified by the exiled Dalai Lama and his followers as the true reincarnation of the previous , was rejected by Chinese officials and has not been seen since.

See also:

-“Beijing’s lama snubbed by Buddhists” from the Age

-“Analysis: promoting China’s Panchen” from The Times

-“Human Rights Watch Calls for UN Access to Detained Panchen Lama” from

-“Panchen Lama calls for self-cultivation for world’s harmony” from Xinhua

-“Finding their religion” from the Guardian.

A slideshow of the World Buddhist Forum, the first international religious conference hosted in China since the Communists took power in 1949.

-The official site for the World Buddhist Forum

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