February 15, 2011

Chinese Government: We Will Choose Next Dalai Lama

Via The Tibet Post:

London: China is set to announce a new constraint on Buddhists practicing in Tibet, with a barring of Buddhist monks outside of China to be recognized as a reincarnation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The ban, set to be made law next month would effectively permit the Chinese government to select the future Dalai Lama.

The new law stipulates that Buddhist monks in Tibet must seek permission from Chinese communist regime for reincarnation has been described by Chinese state administration for religious affairs as an important move to "institutionalize management of reincarnation".

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has made it clear in recent months that the next Dalai Lama will be born and receive religious training in a safe and free environment outside of China. As the new law stands, however, it would seem that two Dalai Lama's would emerge, one Communist state backed and the other religiously supported.

Read the complete piece here.

Quite troubling indeed. However, I think it is important to note that while this specific ban may be a new development, Chinese government attempts to assert control over the tulku system is not. One person in particular who comes to mind is Gendhun Choekyi Nyima, the 11th Panchen Lama, who after being recognized by the Dalai Lama at the age of six, was then kidnapped by government officials and has never been seen again. After this terrible atrocity, Gyaincain Norbu, the son of two Communist Party members, was then handpicked by the Chinese government and presented as the Panchen Lama.

The Dalai Lama has repeatedly said that his next reincarnation will be born in a free country. When the day comes that another child of Communist Party affiliates is marketed by the state-run Chinese press as the 15th Dalai Lama, I hope that people throughout the world remember this.

Gendhun Choekyi Nyima (last photo before going missing in 1995)

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Dolgyal's picture

Communists in general have a long tradition of retouching photos, Stalin's right hand man one year, airbrushed out the next! Here is a blatant Photoshop job on the fake Panchen, embraced by the western cultists, who fantasize their fetish spirit, after scooping up mass conversions in China, will inevitably dominate the entire world.

http://theshugdengroup.wordpress.com/2010/08/07/the-panchen-lama-dorje-s...

Wisdom Moon's picture

This is what happens when politics and Dharma mix, it's very sad. The Dalai Lama institution has changed and today is not so much about Buddha's teachings but pushing a political viewpoint, and the karmic result of that impurity we have seen - problems for the Karmapa and the Dalai Lama. I've seen people at the Dalai Lama's teachings wrapped in Tibetan flags, as if the Dharma and the politics of the Tibetan situation are one and the same, which they are in many people's minds. Of course it's crazy for a political institution like the PRC to determine who is or who is not a reincarnation of a high Lama, but if the Dalai Lama institution wasn't political, it wouldn't be of any interest to them. As Sloane DellOrto says above "the separation of church and state seems wise".

Let's keep Dharma free from political pollution.

Dolgyal's picture

Linegeholder/Wisdom Moon, you are surely confusing a general public talk in a stadium with a dharma teaching. No Tibetan would take an actual dBang or rLung dressed so inappropriately.
If you took a formal teaching from HH the Dalai Lama yourself, as you claim, then you are a samaya breaker for disparaging your master repeatedly, which is the first root downfall and therefore disqualifies your spiritual practice, if indeed you have one at all. These guidelines also apply to Kelsang Gyatso who was disciplined by his own college over twenty years ago.

Dolgyal's picture

Coming from the political extremist wing of the gyalpo cult called WSS the above comment by Lineageholder/Wisdom Moon can only be regarded as cynical and disingenous.
Back to the main point of political meddling in Tibet, one is reminded of drawings (because no one had a camera in those days) published in the Tibet Mirror by Tharchin in Kalimpong showing Chinese aerial bombardment in Kham.
For example Cha.phreng.bsma.’phel.gLing dgon.pa (Chatreng) in the Principality of Lithang, Kham. Other seats of learning attacked in this area alone in 1959 were Drago, Ba Chosde, Pangen and Lithang Monasteries. The English noun ‘bomb’ was rendered in Tibetan in the drawings as "sbom". Tharchin, himself a Christian, wrote the following caption in English to one drawing:
"They are killing several thousand of our brave, ill-armed Khampas with modern weapons and destroying monasteries.."

Extensive eyewitness accounts of atrocities in many Tibetan localities were published in a 1960 report to the International Commission of Jurists in Geneva, whose President at the time was the Canadian Judge Joseph T. Thorson. Among the ICJ report's conclusions, it is stated that “acts of genocide had been committed in Tibet in an attempt to destroy the Tibetans as a religious group", in violation of the Convention for the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide, adopted by the UN General Assembly in December, 1948.

You can now read the Tibet Mirror through the decades–The Tibet Mirror was published the first day of every Tibetan month from 1925 until 1976–online from the collection of Columbia University at:
http://www.columbia....tal/collections
/cul/texts/ldpd_6981643_000/index.html

Dolgyal's picture

Yes they are nice people, but hundreds of Tibetans were murdered in 2008 by PRC security forces, photographs were published by Wikileaks. These can still be viewed for the not faint-of-heart, but it does takes some searching, many of the original mirror sites seem to not function now.
Here is a sample:
http://www.wikileads.net/2008/04/23/update-wikileaks-was-down-in-part-be...

http://fortuzero.wordpress.com/2008/03/31/tibet-western-media-sanitisation/

Clearly the Chinese regime has been trying their utmost to suppress this evidence.

Sloane DellOrto's picture

This is so amazingly sad ... And absolutely insane on so many levels.

I visited China last year and was struck by how friendly, open and wonderful the people were. It's not that I expected them to be evil or anything, of course, but it makes you wonder: How do great people turn into such bad government? (And I guess I'm not just writing about China, in that statement...) Of all the things we may get wrong in America, the idea of separation of church and state seems wise.

Dolgyal's picture

The duplicate Panchen is not the only "soul boy" selected by the Chinese Communist Party: a new Zimey Tulku that will tow the party line fits the Communist's disruptive pro-gyalpo cult agenda very nicely. Detailed legal guidelines regarding the selection of 'tulkus' were published in August 03, 2007:

"All the reincarnations of living Buddhas of Tibetan Buddhism must get government approval, otherwise they are "illegal or invalid," China's State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA) said Friday.
The SARA has issued a set of regulations on reincarnation of Tibetan living Buddhas, which will take effect as of September 1.
"It is an important move to institutionalize management on reincarnation of living Buddhas," the SARA said in a statement issued Friday.
The regulations require that a temple which applies for reincarnation of a living Buddha must be "legally-registered venues for Tibetan Buddhism activities and are capable of fostering and offering proper means of support for the living Buddha.All the reincarnation applications must be submitted to the religious affairs department of the provincial-level government, the provincial-level government, SARA, and the State Council, respectively, for approval in accordance with the fame and influence of the living Buddhas in the religious circle, the regulations said."

see: http://tibetanaltar.blogspot.com/2007/08/breaking-tulkus-to-be-regulated...

silcarry's picture

How could we possibly forget.
Whomever they chose, will be in the same position as the currently "picked" Panchen Lama. However a good person and well learned in all things Buddhist he might be, he will not be trusted a a REAL Panchen Lama.
When the time comes, that the HH the XIIII Dalai Lamas passes, and hopefully it will take more than a decade... HH himself told us already that his Tulku will not be found in China; so whether the Chinese Government chose one or not it would be of no consequence. A tulku cannot be generated by Government Decree...Regardless of how much they twist the process.