Tibetan top monks want own sect laws on reincarnations

March 8th, 2009 - 11:47 pm ICT by IANS  

Dharamsala (Himachal Pradesh), March 8 (IANS) Top monks of Tibetan sects Sunday sought a new law by the Tibetan parliament in exile to govern the procedure of selecting and appointing reincarnations in Tibetan Buddhism.
In a resolution passed at a meeting of the high lamas at the end of three days of deliberations, it was decided that the issue of having a law on reincarnations should be sent to the Tibetan parliament in exile.

They demanded that the reincarnations should seek approval from respective heads of each sect. The heads of all four Tibetan sects - Gelug, Kagyu, Nyingma and Sakya - and the Bon School (non Buddhist) are living in India in exile.

The move is aimed at subverting a law enforced by China last year which made it mandatory for Tibetan sects and monasteries to seek approval from Communist authorities in that country before appointing reincarnations.

The Chinese move was aimed at controlling the appointment of Tibetan monks as reincarnations.

China had controversially appointed its own Panchen Lama, the second highest Tibetan religious authority after the Tibetan spiritual head Dalai Lama, in 1995 ignoring the boy selected by the Dalai Lama to be the next Panchen Lama.

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