The Dalai Lama has suggested to reporters that he is not going to reincarnate as is custom in Tibetian Buddhism.
Not in Tibet under the present Chinese rule. Therefore the ancient line of Dalai Lamas being born in China could be coming to an end.
When asked by reporters where he would reincarnate, he hinted at a commune in India. He said he hasn’t made up his mind yet and will make a formal announcement in 10 years time. The Chinese officials in Tibet strongly object to his Holiness’s Decision. They say it goes against Buddhist traditions of Tibet and it’s Blasphemous. The Dalai Lama argues for the moment, that he is against a continuation of the reincarnation system merely for political ends. The Chinese official said to reporters that the door for dialogue with the 14th Dalai Lama is always open.
Tibetian Buddhist text talk of the time when The Dalai Lama would travel West to impart his wisdom to Westerners. It also talks about the auspicious time as being very significant for the world. That time could be approaching.
Photo : The”Ocean of Knowledge” (Dalai Lama)
“I think that, in fact, he is profaning religion and Tibetan Buddhism,” said Padma Choling, the Tibet regional governor in a Reuters report.
“What he said is blasphemy against Tibetan Buddhism.
“If the central government had not approved it, how could he have become the 14th Dalai Lama? He couldn’t. It has a serious procedure,” said Choling, who is an ethnic Tibetan.
“If he says no reincarnation, then no reincarnation? Impossible. Nobody in Tibetan Buddhism would agree to that. We must respect history, respect and not profane Tibetan Buddhism.”
“It’s not up to the Dalai Lama,” Choling said in a statement issued by the Xinhua news agency, which added that the Dalai Lama’s statement was “against the Tibetan Buddhism tradition as the soul of a senior lama is reincarnated in the body of a child on his death”.
The Dalai Lama has said he is against a continuation of the reincarnation system merely for “political ends”, suggesting that his title could end with him.
He has also suggested that his successor may be born outside of China, in an overseas Tibetan community, perhaps in India.
The Buddhist leader has said he will make a formal statement on the issue when he turns 90, a decade from now.
In interviews with German newspaper Welt am Sonntag and the BBC, the Dalai Lama said he didn’t think Tibetans needed a Dalai Lama anymore.
“There is no guarantee that some stupid Dalai Lama won’t come next, who will disgrace himself or herself,” he told the BBC in December.
“That would be very sad. So, much better that a centuries-old tradition should cease at the time of a quite popular Dalai Lama.”
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