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Dalai Lama questions need for Tibetan Buddhist spiritual post to continue

By Reuters Staff
September 24, 2011

(Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama waves to the audience during a news conference in Mexico City September 9, 2011/Carlos Jasso)

Tibet’s exiled spiritual head the Dalai Lama on Saturday questioned whether the tradition of leadership reincarnation should be continued, saying he and other leaders of Tibetan Buddhism will take a call on the issue in about 15 years, a statement on his official website said.

“When I am about ninety I will consult the high lamas of the Tibetan Buddhist traditions, the Tibetan public, and other concerned people who follow Tibetan Buddhism, and re-evaluate whether the institution of the Dalai Lama should continue or not,” the Dalai Lama wrote in the statement.

Traditionally, high lamas, Buddhist priests, can take years to identify a child deemed to be a reincarnation of the Dalai Lama, a search usually limited to Tibet, now part of China which regards the Dalai Lama as a dangerous separatist.

Tibetans fear that China will use the thorny issue of the Dalai Lama’s religious succession to split the movement, with one new Lama named by exiles and one by China after his death.

The current Dalai Lama, 75, has stated previously that he will not be reborn in the People’s Republic of China if Tibet is not free and that no one, including China, has the right to choose his successor “for political ends.”

The Dalai Lama relinquished his political role in April and Tibetan exiles elected a Harvard law scholar as their political leader, who is likely to bring in a more radical government-in-exile to challenge China.

by Anurag Kotoky in New Delhi

via Dalai Lama questions need for spiritual post to continue.

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It is ridiculous claim by the China Government to state that the title of Dalai Lama is conferred by China. China has interfered in the affairs of Tibet for too long. It is therefore illegal for the China to pretend they own the nation of Tibet and also who and how a Dalai Lama can act as to the succession of the next Dalai Lama.
If the present Dalai Lama is China’s enemy then how will the next Dalai Lama be their friend??

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THE PEOPLE OF TIBET ARE WELL DISCIPLINED NATION AND THEY WILL NEVER ACCEPT CHINA TO BE THEIR COUNTRY.
On Monday, two Tibetan monks set themselves on fire in an ethnic Tibetan part of China Sichuan province, according to a Tibetan exile group, at least the fourth such self-immolation by a Tibetan cleric this year. Despite six decades of Chinese rule, Tibetans seem no closer to accepting Beijing’s authority. It’s unlikely that the 14 years until the Dalai Lama turns 90 will change that.

Read more: http://globalspin.blogs.time.com/2011/09  /26/the-dalai-lama-promises-to-clarify- his-succession%e2%80%94when-hes-around-9 0/#ixzz1Z5OQYIYq
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