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Newly appointed Tibetan Governor dismisses Dalai Lama's reincarnation views

March 9, 2010

March 8th, 2010

Beijing, Mar. 8 (ANI) -- Tibet’s newly appointed
Governor Padma Choling has dismissed the view
floated by the Dalai Lama that his reincarnated
successor may not be found in the Chinese territory.

Padma Choling, an ethnic Tibetan, said the
reincarnation of Living Buddhas in Tibetan
Buddhism should follow strict historical conventions and religious rituals.

"There have been 14 Dalai Lamas. It is
unreasonable for him to do whatever he wants
(about reincarnation). There’s no way for him to
do so,” China Daily quoted Padma Choling, as saying.

Padma Choling also lampooned the Dalai Lama’s indecision on his succession.

"The Dalai Lama has previously made a series of
assertions, saying that he might choose his
reincarnation while alive, that he could stop his
reincarnation, that his reincarnation could be
designated, that his reincarnation could be a
female, or that his reincarnation would be found
inside or even outside China,” he said.

"People don’t know which assertion is what he really wants," he added.

According to recent reports, the Dalai Lama’s
health is declining, as witnessed by his recent
hospital visits for pinched nerves, abdominal discomfort and gallstone surgery.

The Dalai Lama has floated several scenarios,
including that his reincarnated successor may not
be found in Chinese territory.

Meanwhile, Qiangba Puncog, chairman of the
standing committee of the Tibet autonomous
regional people’s congress, said on Sunday that
the reincarnation must meet the traditional
requirements in four aspects: religious rituals,
historical conventions passed on since the Qing
Dynasty (1644-1912), lot drawing from the Golden
Urn in front of the Buddha Sakyamuni, as well as
approval from the central government.

"Any claimed reincarnation that fails to meet all
these requirements will be illegitimate and invalid," he said. (ANI)
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