Thursday, October 23, 2008
China: "No reincarnations without our permission"
A senior Tibetan lama and Chinese government advisers have defended contentious rules banning reincarnations of "living Buddhas" without approval.
The rules are apparently aimed at empowering China to name the next Dalai Lama when the 14th and current Dalai Lama dies. Last July, China's State Administration of Religious Affairs issued regulations banning reincarnations of living Buddhas, or holy monastics, who failed to seek government approval, ostensibly to manipulate the centuries-old practice and legitimize future appointments by the atheist Communist Party.
"Damn! The Chinese government is strict!" Gryphen opines, "I just have to wonder what they do if someone claims to be a reincarnated "Buddha"? Do they kill them and tell them to try again? This is just bizarre."