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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

China Bans Reincarnation

In one of history's more absurd acts of totalitarianism, China has banned Buddhist monks in Tibet from reincarnating without government permission. According to a statement issued by the State Administration for Religious Affairs, the law, which goes into effect next month and strictly stipulates the procedures by which one is to reincarnate, is "an important move to institutionalize management of reincarnation." But beyond the irony lies China's true motive: to cut off the influence of the Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled spiritual and political leader, and to quell the region's Buddhist religious establishment more than 50 years after China invaded the small Himalayan country. By barring any Buddhist monk living outside China from seeking reincarnation, the law effectively gives Chinese authorities the power to choose the next Dalai Lama, whose soul, by tradition, is reborn as a new human to continue the work of relieving suffering.

At 72, the Dalai Lama, who has lived in India since 1959, is beginning to plan his succession,
saying that he refuses to be reborn in Tibet so long as it's under Chinese control. Assuming he's able to master the feat of controlling his rebirth, as Dalai Lamas supposedly have for the last 600 years, the situation is shaping up in which there could be two Dalai Lamas: one picked by the Chinese government, the other by Buddhist monks.

James: Well, for a communist state, China sure is interested in religion!! That of course is because they fear the Dalai Lama as he represents peace and freedom of not only religion but of thought as well. This law is just plain silly. Seeing how it is believed by many that the Dalai Lama can control his own rebirth he will simply be reborn in Dharamsala, India (where the current Dalai Lama lives) or elsewhere in the Tibetan diaspora. The Chinese government simply does not understand Buddhism and the fact that change is inevitable. The idea of banning reincarnation by a human law is as absurd as passing a law making winter illegal.

The Tibetan people will never recognize an impostor Dalai Lama chosen by a non-Tibetan Buddhist body. It would be like the Tibetan Buddhist leader saying that he would choose the next Pope of the Catholic church and only that "Pope" would be the "real" one. Of course no one would take that seriously and this law of the Chinese government is just as laughable.

PHOTO CREDIT: The Buddhist Channel News

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Greenwoman said...

The Chinese do have a completely ridiculous side sometimes. *shakes head*

the whole thing just made me laugh...the hubris in thinking they can shove soul into a box. LOL!!!

Its so ridiculous that there's nothing to do but laugh at them...and the thing is..?

That would irritated them far more than having an outraged response...cause the one thing the Chinese hate its being laughable.

That's just a bit like the pope planning on apologizing for the Inquisition in the year 2011. What's the point in that? Just silly shit to waste paper, effort and emotion. Stir the pot cause they haven't got control of something or anyone and they just can't admit that.

All they do is make a donkey of themselves....

They call him James Ure said...


Hubris is a great word for what they are doing here. And yeah it all just makes me laugh too.

A person just can't take this too seriously. It's a pure act of desperation in trying to control the uncontrollable.

abacus said...

Times change, the Dalai Lama to me is another person like the former Pope. He ceaselessly spreads love and hope and regardless of whether he is reborn or not, he is a great soul doing his best for his people.

Times really have changed and it is possible that the Chinese rule may squelch the fires of Tibetan Buddhist culture and tradition.

There is pain and fear attached to some parts of this life/world. There is darkness and there is no denying it.

Anonymous said...

Would you like to have a link exchange?

Johnny Newt said...

You know living and working with the Chinese for many years now, often times there utter disregard for common sense still bafles me on an almost daily bases. i suppose from a zen standpoint one might say that the common in common sense is not common at all, but I still say foolishness is Universal ;)

They call him James Ure said...


Indeed. Even Buddhism itself, the Dharma is impermanent. It too is nothing to attach to.


I'll be looking into your blog.


You said, "Foolishness is universal." Boy is that the truth!!

thailandchani said...

Can you believe.... ???




They call him James Ure said...


It is absurd to say the least.

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