Wednesday, August 22, 2007

China: No Reincarnating Without Permission

The Chinese State Administration for Religious Affairs has issued a statement saying, beginning next month, reincarnation is prohibited without government permission.
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.


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