Thursday, October 8, 2009

Preparing for post-Dalai Lama era

Stefania Moretti ( News, 10/4/09)
The world may never know an-other Dalai Lama. In a recent interview with Free the Children co-founder Craig Kielburger to air on CTV, the Dalai Lama himself said he wasn't too concerned about whether there would ever be a successor. "If the circum-stance is such that the Dalai Lama institution is no longer relevant, then this institution will cease. No problem," he said.

Even the man appointed as His Holiness' voice in the U.K. agreed the ancient role may all but dissolve. "It's a big debate and unfortunately most Tibetans are not ready to discuss the sensitive issue," says Thubten Samdup, the Dalai Lama's representative in London for the next four years. "They want the Dalai Lama to live forever. So it's very tricky." More>>