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Dalai Lama in finding successor dilemma

July 23, 2009

[People's Daily is the official publication of the Communist Party of
Chin a and the government of People?s Republic of China]

09:45, July 23, 2009 
According to an interview with People's Daily Online, professor Shen
Weirong, director of the Research Center on Han-Tibetan Buddhism at
Renmin University of China, and expert on Tibet, said that the Dalai
Lama's wishes to select his successor through "democratic election," but
this procedure neither accords with religious regulations nor historical
traditions.

"The Dalai Lama changed his mind many times while selecting a successor.
At first, he said he would choose a reincarnated soul overseas. Then,
perhaps thinking it would take too long to foster the child, he wanted
the 17th Karmapa to act as regent. However, the Karmapa and the Dalai
Lama belong to two different branches of Tibetan Buddhism, so this
method doesn't agree with historical conventions. Now, he has declared a
new method of "democratic election," indicating that he's having big
trouble in selecting his successor and finding a solution." Shen said.

Living Buddha Shingtsa Tenzinchodrak, a deputy to the National People's
Congress and the vice director of the Standing Committee of the Tibetan
People's Congress, recently said that the Dalai Lama's wish to decide a
"successor" through "democratic election," not only ignored Tibetan
Buddhism's religious customs and historical conventions, but was also
ridiculous.

On September 1, 2007, China issued the "Administrative Measures for the
Reincarnation of a living Buddha for Tibetan Buddhism," which clearly
states that the "reincarnation of a living Buddha should not be
interfered with, or dominated by, any overseas organizations or
individuals." The measures also clearly stipulate the procedure for
reincarnation: "Reincarnation of a living Buddha must pass through
application and approval."

By People's Daily Online
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