During the 51st session of the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on October 3, Beijing made clear it intends to anoint the next living Buddha; that is to appoint the next Dalai Lama.
Experts from the China Tibetology Research Center spoke at the “International Webinar on the Religious Rituals and Historical Customs of the Reincarnation of the Living Buddhas” and concluded that the next spiritual leader of Tibet should be chosen by the Chinese Communist Party. They also clarified that anyone who disagrees with this decision is a “separatist stooge.”
Senior researcher and director general of the China Tibetology Research Center Zheng Dui said, “The affairs related to the reincarnation of the 14th Dalai Lama belong to the domestic affairs of Tibetan Buddhism in China, which must respect the wishes of the Chinese Tibetan Buddhist community and the majority of religious believers, and accept the management of the Chinese government.”
Currently, the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s highest spiritual leader, is in exile in India after the Chinese regime seized power in 1959.
The region of Tibet was disputed for many years by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) until 1950 when the Chinese People’s Liberation Army occupied the territory and added it to its domain. Since then the CCP refers to Tibet as “Xizang.”
Dalai Lama announces he will live to 113
The Dalai Lama, now 87 years old, announced to his faithful that he will live to be 113 or even older. The spiritual leader revealed that he had dreams that showed to what age he would live.
The Dalai Lama said, “In one dream, I was climbing steps, 13 steps, which I interpreted as related to the prediction that I could live to be 113 years old.”
The statements of the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism are not casual, if one takes into account the dispute with the Chinese regime over the appointment of the next living Buddha.
The Dalai Lama is not only important on a spiritual level, he is also a political leader with great influence in the international community. And the Chinese Communist Party is very clear about this, it knows that if it can control the reincarnations it will be able to control the Tibet region.
This is the key why does the Chinese regime want the right to appoint the new spiritual leader of Tibet after the death of the current Dalai Lama.
To counter the advance of the CCP, the Dalai Lama declared in September 2011 that when he reaches the age of 90 he will consult with the other Tibetan spiritual leaders on whether or not the institution of the Dalai Lama should continue, as he considers reincarnation voluntary. This would put an end to the Chinese regime’s dream of using Tibetan Buddhism to dominate the people of Tibet.
The Kashag or Cabinet of the Central Tibetan Administration, in exile, issued a statement on September 29, reaffirming that the Dalai Lama will live to 113 years of age and the recognition of reincarnated spiritual beings is an exclusive practice of Tibetan Buddhism and no government or individual has the right to interfere in the matter.
“The government of the People’s Republic of China [CCP] adopted the so-called law the ‘Management Measures for the Reincarnation of Living Buddhas in Tibetan Buddhism’ in 2007.” The Kashag stated, “Since then, the PRC [Chinese Communist Party] has taken over the management of all monastic administrations and in particular, took complete control over the power to recognize reincarnated Lamas/Living Buddhas, and continue to use it to meet their political ends.”
For many Tibetan Buddhists, it is unacceptable that a totalitarian regime such as the CCP would interfere in their spiritual affairs, considering that the ideology of the Chinese communist regime is based on Marxism-Leninism and follows scientific atheism as its guiding principle.
Tibetan Buddhism’s second spiritual leader disappears
In 1995, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, a boy of only 6, was recognized by the Dalai Lama as the new Panchen Lama, the second most important figure in the Tibetan Buddhist faith. The son of a doctor and a nurse, the boy lived in the village of Naqchu in Tibet.
This recognition infuriated the Chinese regime, which quickly acted and made Gedhun Choekyi Nyima and his family disappear. In complicity with other spiritual leaders, the CCP appointed another Panchen Lama.
Since then, neither the boy or his parents have been heard from. the CCP has tried to quell investigations into the whereabouts of the second spiritual leader of the Tibetan faith, claiming that he lives in Gansu, in northern China, that he is well cared for, and his parents do not want “international intervention.”
The figure of the Panchen Lama is also very important in the reincarnation system because he can recognize the next Dalai Lama.
The Chinese regime, without any restraint on its ambition for dominance and power, has made Gedhun Choekyi Nyima the youngest political prisoner in the world.