Tibetans living-in-exile protest against China’s religious policies

November 14th, 2007 - 1:59 am ICT by admin  
With faces painted with the flag of Tibet and shouting slogans for freedom of Tibet from Chinese rule, members of the Tibetan Youth Congress, gathered outside the Chinese embassy to protest against China’s new reincarnation law.

China had issued a 14-point order on the management measures for the reincarnation of Living Buddha’s in Tibetan Buddhism.

They were protesting against the 14-point article issued by the Chinese Administration which concerned the reincarnations or the living Buddha.

“This was issued in the month of July and they have started implementing that order on September 1. We Tibetans consider this a very serious issue,” said Dhondup Dorje, a protester.

Tibetan Buddhists believe in reincarnation and that the soul of a “living Buddha” migrates to a boy born shortly after the holy monk’s death.

The reincarnation is identified through a mystical search that includes a series of ancient and rigorous tests such as picking out items that belonged to the late lama.

For centuries Tibetan monks have carried out the search for reincarnation of lamas including the Dalai Lama.

According to China’s new order, Tibetans living outside China would have no power to seek reincarnation for them or recognise a living Buddha, which theibetans see as another attempt by China to undermine the importance of Dalai Lama and destroy their religion.

Tibetan tradition calls for the Dalai and Panchen Lamas to approve each other’s reincarnations.

Dalai Lama had appointed Gendun Choekyi Nyima as the Himalayan region’s second-ranking religious figure on May 14, 1995.

However, Nyima disappeared in July 1995 and in 1996 the Chinese Government said he had been put under Chinese protection at the request of his parents.

Beijing designated its own Panchem Lama, Gyaltsen Norbu, but few Tibetans recognise the child as the legitimate Panchen Lama. (ANI)

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