Newly appointed Tibetan Governor dismisses Dalai Lama’s reincarnation views

March 8th, 2010 - 6:29 pm ICT by ANI  

Beijing, Mar. 8 (ANI): Tibet’s newly appointed Governor Padma Choling has dismissed the view floated by the Dalai Lama that his reincarnated successor may not be found in the Chinese territory.

Padma Choling, an ethnic Tibetan, said the reincarnation of Living Buddhas in Tibetan Buddhism should follow strict historical conventions and religious rituals.

“There have been 14 Dalai Lamas. It is unreasonable for him to do whatever he wants (about reincarnation). There’s no way for him to do so,” China Daily quoted Padma Choling, as saying.

Padma Choling also lampooned the Dalai Lama’s indecision on his succession.

“The Dalai Lama has previously made a series of assertions, saying that he might choose his reincarnation while alive, that he could stop his reincarnation, that his reincarnation could be designated, that his reincarnation could be a female, or that his reincarnation would be found inside or even outside China,” he said.

“People don’t know which assertion is what he really wants,” he added.

According to recent reports, the Dalai Lama’s health is declining, as witnessed by his recent hospital visits for pinched nerves, abdominal discomfort and gallstone surgery.

The Dalai Lama has floated several scenarios, including that his reincarnated successor may not be found in Chinese territory.

Meanwhile, Qiangba Puncog, chairman of the standing committee of the Tibet autonomous regional people’s congress, said on Sunday that the reincarnation must meet the traditional requirements in four aspects: religious rituals, historical conventions passed on since the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912), lot drawing from the Golden Urn in front of the Buddha Sakyamuni, as well as approval from the central government.

“Any claimed reincarnation that fails to meet all these requirements will be illegitimate and invalid,” he said. (ANI)

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