This story absolutely cracks me up. The officially atheist government of China is absolutely throwing a fit because the Dalai Lama says he isn’t going to reincarnate if they don’t relinquish control of his native Tibet. The whole thing is kind of surreal, isn’t it?
The Dalai Lama was denounced Monday by the Chinese-appointed governor of Tibet after suggesting that he will not be reincarnated. Tibetan Buddhists believe that the souls of their leaders are reborn in children upon death, and the People’s Republic of China — an officially atheistic regime — has said the religious tradition must continue.
“If the central government had not approved it, how could he have become the 14th Dalai Lama? He couldn’t. It has a serious procedure,” said Tibet regional governor Padma Choling, an ethnic Tibetan himself, according to Reuters. “I think that, in fact, he is profaning religion and Tibetan Buddhism,” he said on the sidelines of an annual meeting of parliament, adding that the Dalai Lama was trying to usurp Beijing’s right to decide.
“If he says no reincarnation, then no reincarnation? Impossible. Nobody in Tibetan Buddhism would agree to that. We must respect history, respect and not profane Tibetan Buddhism,” Choling said. His statements were some of China’s strongest comments on the topic of Dalai Lama’s succession to date.
China: You better reincarnate, young man, or you’ll be going to bed without dinner.
Dalai Lama: YOU’RE NOT THE BOSS OF ME!
Uh, guys…reincarnation is bullshit. He couldn’t reincarnate if he wanted to.