In what may be the most ridiculous religious argument ever, the Chinese government is demanding that the Dalai Lama reincarnate when he dies. The Dalai Lama — good golfer, the Lama, but not a good tipper — has said that he will not do so as long as China continues to occupy Tibet.
The Dalai Lama, in an interview with German newspaper Welt am Sonntag, said the tradition of the post could end with him, adding the Tibetan Buddhism was not dependent on a single person.
The Dalai Lama, 79, has stated previously that he will not be reborn in China if Tibet is not free and that no one, including China, has the right to choose his successor “for political ends”. China has previously warned the Dalai Lama he has no right to abandon the tradition of reincarnation.
China, which regards the Dalai Lama as a dangerous separatist, has ruled Tibet with an iron fist since Communist troops marched in 1950. The Dalai Lama fled into exile in India in 1959 after an abortive uprising against Chinese rule.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a daily news briefing that when it came to the reincarnation of living Buddhas, including the Dalai Lama, China had a “set religious procedure and historic custom”.“China follows a policy of freedom of religion and belief, and this naturally includes having to respect and protect the ways of passing on Tibetan Buddhism,” Hua said.
“The title of Dalai Lama is conferred by the central government, which has hundreds of years of history. The (present) 14th Dalai Lama has ulterior motives, and is seeking to distort and negate history, which is damaging to the normal order of Tibetan Buddhism.”
China says they follow a policy of freedom of religion and belief. In related news, David Barton follows a policy of strict honesty at all times. And because they support freedom of religion, they demand that the Dalai Lama reincarnate. And if he doesn’t….then what? How would anyone know? And what are you going to do, put his corpse in prison?