Tuesday, March 2, 2010

China Names Its Own Lama to Top Body of Advisers

China’s handpicked Panchen Lama, the teenage religious figure whose legitimacy is a matter of dispute among many Tibetan Buddhists, has been appointed to the country’s top advisory body, the state media have announced.

Although membership in the advisory group, the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, is of nominal interest to Chinese, the appointment of the Panchen Lama, 19, on Sunday ratchets up the government’s efforts to elevate his stature among Tibetans. Because he was appointed by Communist Party authorities rather than by Buddhist leaders, many Tibetans reject his religious authority as the ranking leader after the Dalai Lama, who has lived in exile since 1959.

Born as Gyaltsen Norbu, he was anointed the 11th Panchen Lama in 1995, after the Dalai Lama identified a different child as the latest incarnation of the Panchen Lama. A few weeks later, that boy and his family vanished. The government has said that they are in “protective custody,” but their whereabouts have been a mystery for 15 years.

To read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/02/world/asia/02tibet.html?ref=asia

Source + Copyright photo: Mark Ralston/Agence France-Presse - Getty Images
The Chinese-appointed Panchen Lama, center, in Hangzhou, China, in 2006. Many Tibetans dispute his claim to the title.

This false Lama will never be accepted by Tibetians, whatever the Chinese try to do. I think it is still a scandal that the chinese government kidnapped the true, appointed Panchen Lama and his family, till today nobody knows where they are and what happened to them. What a inhuman state and dictatorship.

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