China frames law banning Dalai Lama reincarnation

China’s discomfort with Dalai Lama and the power that his seat commands in Tibet may manifest itself by way of a new law banning reincarnation of Buddhist monks.

Last Updated: Feb 14, 2011, 22:48 PM IST

New Delhi: China’s discomfort with Dalai Lama and the power that his seat commands in Tibet may manifest itself by way of a new law banning reincarnation of Buddhist monks.

The law, seen as a clear move by Beijing to wipe out the Tibetan identity and its rich culture, would come into effect from next month.

As per a leading newspaper, China’s State Administration for Religious Affairs is formulating a new law that will stipulate the procedure by which one is to reincarnate and has termed it as an important move to ‘institutionalize management of reincarnation’.

The 76-year- old Dalai Lama is planning his succession and he refuses to be reborn in Tibet as long as it’s under Chinese control. The revered leader has made it clear, that the next Dalai Lama will be born and receive religious training in an environment free outside of China.

The new law bars any Buddhist monk living outside China to be recognized as a reincarnation of the Dalai Lama -effectively giving Chinese authorities the power to choose the next Dalai Lama.

Reacting to the development, de facto Prime Minister of Tibet, Samdhong Rinpoche, told the newspaper: “China had been for a long time engaged in formulating various methods to finish the two major Tibetan religious institutions-Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama as these two were very important for Tibetans.”

“The new Chinese law was nothing but a ploy to take control of Tibetan religious institutions. He said that China was perhaps waiting for the departure of the Dalai Lama as it believed that his departure would resolve the problem of Tibet itself,” he said.