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Recognising the incarnations of Lamas/Trulkus is a unique Tibetan practice

July 6, 2010

Statement by the Department of Religion and Culture
Department of Religion and Culture
Central Tibetan Administration
July 5, 2010

Recognising the incarnations of Lamas/Trulkus is
a unique Tibetan practice related with Buddhism.
It has nothing to do with politics. Using
religious figures for political purpose,
therefore, goes against religion. On 18 July
2007, the State Administration of Religious
Affairs of the People's Republic of China issued
the Regulation on Management Measures for the
Reincarnation of Living Buddhas in Tibetan
Buddhism by transgressing the bounds of both
religion and politics. The heads of the four
religious schools of Tibetan Buddhism and the
traditional Bon religion as well as the
Department of Religion and Culture of the Central
Tibetan Administration issued a seven-point joint
declaration on 2 September 2007, repudiating this
regulation. Likewise the Special Meeting of the
heads of the four religious schools of Tibetan
Buddhism and the traditional Bon religion held on
3 May 2008 passed a resolution, which not only
rejected it but also declared that in future no
reincarnated Lamas/Trulkus of the Tibetan
Buddhist and Bon religions shall be considered as
true unless they have the final approval of the
heads of the respective religious traditions.

Under the supervision of the Chinese Communist
government, the so-called reincarnation of the
Gyalrong Dedrug Rinpoche, belonging to Loseling
of the Drepung Monastery in Tibet has apparently
been recognised on 4 July 2010 through the
'golden urn procedure'. As well as going against
religion, this action of the Chinese government
is a politically-motivated one. Therefore, as
mentioned in the above declaration and the
resolution, no Tibetan will ever accept this.

The previous Dedrug Rinpoche was a prominent
religious figure who had contributed much to the
maintenance and promotion of Tibetan religion and
culture. Therefore, his reincarnation should be
recognised according to tradition with the
consent of the Gaden Throne Holder, the head of
the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism.
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