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Dalai Lama May Forgo Death Before Reincarnation

December 1, 2007

FACED with Chinese plans to seize control of his reincarnation, the Dalai Lama has come up with two revolutionary proposals – either to forgo rebirth, or to be reborn while still alive. The exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader has proposed to hold a referendum among his 13-14 million followers around the world – before his death – on whether he should be reincarnated.

His proposals not only raise some mind-bending metaphysical questions: they put China’s atheist communist leaders in the unusual position of claiming to be the protectors of Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

“Yes, a referendum. Yes, it’s possible,” the Dalai Lama said at an interfaith conference in the north Indian city of Amritsar. “When my physical (condition) becomes weak and serious preparation for death (has started), then that should happen. According to my regular medical check-up it seems another few decades, I think, are there, so no hurry.”

In August, China’s Government claimed exclusive rights to approve all Tibetan lamas’ reincarnations in one of its strongest moves to control the region’s clergy.

Yesterday it condemned the Dalai Lama’s proposals. “The reincarnation of the living Buddha is a unique way of succession of Tibetan Buddhism and follows relatively complete religious rituals and historical conventions,” the Foreign Ministry statement said. “The Dalai Lama’s statement is in blatant violation of religious practice and historical procedure.”

The Dalai Lama says he is considering going against centuries of tradition and naming his successor before he dies.

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What can you say to this? The world is still reluctant to offer aid to the battered Tibetan Buddhists. The world has watched China gobble the country of Tibet like an angry PacMan. China has taken Tibet’s religion for dessert. Now, China wants their soul! How can any country take “exclusive rights to approve all Tibetan lamas’ reincarnations”? Reincarnation is NOT granted by a government. What kind of control is that? The US and other western countries are financially beholden to a country that fears personal belief systems beyond worshiping their own Communist System. China’s financial shackles intimidate the western world and extorts their complacency. Appeasement preceded WWII when Hitler embarked on his version of “Manifest Destiny”. Appeasement is exacerbating the current conflict that has already begun … Russia and China have made a pact. They have the upper hand. The West watches genocide like a spectator sport to keep their fragile economies afloat.

Do not pass GO, do not collect $100. Do not reincarnate until I say so …

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