Monday, March 8, 2010

No Leeway Given in Picking Dalai Lama

The new governor of Tibet said Sunday that the Dalai Lama did not have a right to choose his successor however he wanted, but instead must abide by the “requirements” of Tibetan Buddhist tradition, Xinhua, the state news agency, reported.

The governor, Padma Choling, speaking at a news conference during the National People’s Congress, appeared to harden the Chinese government’s position on one of the most delicate issues involving the future of the Tibetan regions in the west.

The government has already ruled that the next Dalai Lama must be approved by the government. The governor’s comments on Sunday made it even more likely that the current Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism, will be succeeded by two new Dalai Lamas, one chosen by Tibetan religious leaders in exile and another by the Chinese government.

To read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/08/world/asia/08tibet.html?ref=asia

For me unbelievable, who do they think they are? No way, that the next Dalai Lama has to be approved by the chinese government, its not their business.

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