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Dalai Lama's Reincarnation Tale Indicative of Separatism

(2010/01/08)

A living reincarnation, reincarnated as a girl or a bronze-haired foreigner… all these absurd arguments by the 14th Dalai Lama on his reincarnation have made people in the Tibetan Buddhist circle feel furious. In the so-called memorandum, he emphasized that he Chinese Government should not intervene with the authentication of the reincarnation. Till now, his ulterior separatist intention is somewhat evident.

Seeing Dalai Lama keep sullying Tibetan Buddhism, many people sharply pointed out the most sacred reincarnation system of Tibetan Buddhism has become his tool of separatism. It is foreseeable that he will trample on the historical and religious rituals more savagely, and finally bring disrepute to Tibetan Buddhism. He should realize carrying out separatist activities through the reincarnation issue will only meet with public ridicule.

The Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama are the two disciples of Tsongkhapa. Both adopt the unique reincarnation system in choosing successors. Thus reincarnation is a very serious and solemn ritual with a set of strict rules and ceremonies.

Meanwhile, according to the Management Measures for the Reincarnation of Living Buddhas in Tibetan Buddhism, the reincarnation of Living Buddha shall not be interfered or dominated by any organization or individual abroad. In addition, it regulates the reincarnation of living Buddha should fulfill the application and approval procedures.

The 11th Panchen Lama, who is much loved by both monks and lay believers, went through the procedure. However, Dalai Lama turns a blind eye to it, and intervenes in all kinds of reincarnation activities of living Buddhas instead. Among them, the most obnoxious was his intervening in the reincarnation of the 10th Panchen Lama.

After December 1993, Dalai repeatedly sent people to Tibet, to collude with some people in the Tashilhunpo. What's more, he arbitrarily designated the reincarnation of the 10th Panchen. His acts were totally against the rituals of Tibetan Buddhism, against the wish of the 10th Panchen Lama and the wish of monks and lay people.

Besides intervening in the reincarnation of the Panchen Lama, he also made up various "myths" on the reincarnation of himself.

In 2007 when visiting Japan, he said his successor, the 15th Dalai Lama, can also be chosen from eminent monks. This argument was so subversive that even the Western media felt confused. The New York Times reported, based on past practice, the search for the reincarnated soul boy should only start after the living Buddha passes away…the Dalai Lama's latest argument made those who believe in Tibetan Buddhism confused.

Then on November 23, 2008, Dalai Lama dangled another idea of reincarnation, "My successor may be a little boy or a little girl. Girls are more compassionate, but also become arbitrary more easily." This was a really eye-popping thing to say.

The Indian Express said the Dalai Lama's remarks were very interesting, how could a successor of the Yellow Sect Lama go so far as to make such deviant remarks? According to the basic teachings of Tibetan Buddhism, "may be a girl" is simply an outrageous remark.

The Oriental Daily in Hong Kong pointed out Dalai Lama's remarks challenged the traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. In the eyes of many Tibetan Buddhists, it was a blasphemy.

Obviously, in order to fulfill his "cause" of "Tibetan independence", Dalai Lama does not hesitate to violate the traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, tamper with religious rituals or go against the wish of the Tibetan people.

Looking back to his remarks on reincarnation throughout the years, we can only feel they are inconceivable. However, for a man who is good at creating contentions, it is not surprising that he makes a fuss about his own death.

Self-proclaimed as "an eminent monk of Tibetan Buddhism", he intends to change the sacred reincarnation into an absurdity for his separatist cause. His deeds have not only seriously disturbed the normal order of Tibetan Buddhism, but also hurt a large number of Buddhists.

Why does he make up so many ridiculous arguments? The reason is obvious. The separatist group of Dalai Lama once said publicly, "Keeping a living Buddha under control means keeping a temple under control, and keeping a temple under control means keeping a district under control." Therefore, it is not difficult to understand the reason why the Dalai Lama is so keen on making up arguments on reincarnation.



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