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China’s advice not needed for Dalai Lama's succession: Rinpoche

Tibetan government-in-exile has reacted sharply to China’s comment on the succession of Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader – The Dalai Lama, saying the remarks made by Chinese officials were “unrealistic”

india Updated: Mar 09, 2010 09:35 IST
Gaurav Bisht

Tibetan government-in-exile has reacted sharply to China’s comment on the succession of Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader – The Dalai Lama, saying the remarks made by Chinese officials were “unrealistic”.

China on Sunday indicated of taking a hard line on the selection of successor of Dalai Lama. Tibetan- government –in- exile maintains that succession of Dalai Lama will take place in accordance with religious traditions.

“We don’t require China’s advice on succession of Dalai Lama. Right now his succession is not an issue since His holiness (Dalai Lama) is in good health,” Samdhong Rinpoche, Prime Minister of the Tibetan government – in –exile told Hindustan Times, before leaving for budget session of Tibetan parliaenmt, which began here this morning.” As and when time comes Dalai Lama’s succession would take place according to religious traditions” says Rinpoche. The selection of Dalai Lama’s successor was internal matter of Tibetan people, he said.

Though the Tibetans are hesitant to talk openly about succession of their - God King Dalai Lama but closed door discussions continue. Dalai Lama himself on many occasions has given conflicting indications about selection of his successor. Dalai has presented many options before Tibetan people.

Many times Dalai Lama has said that was for Tibetan people to decide about the future of Dalai Lama’s institution. He has said that his successor could also be elected democratically or he was also considering to appoint a woman successor.

The fourth option which he could follow is Tibetan tradition of Man Deh Tulku, according to this Dalai Lama could appoint his successor during his life time. But majority of the Tibetans view that Dalai Lama’ should follow a traditional procedure, where the high ranking monks select reincarnate after his death.

China, two years back passed a law that gives government the power to approve the reincarnation of living Buddhas or lamas, of whom the Dalai Lama is the highest in the Tibetan hierarchy. Tibetans believe that reincarnation, the migration of the soul from one body to another in a continuous process of rebirth so that lamas or senior monks can carry on their religious work, is a basic tenet

The current 14th Dalai Lama who is considered a reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama, was discovered, through various forms of rituals and divination, while still a young boy, more than two years after the death of the previous Dalai Lama.

The current Dalai Lama, a Nobel Peace Prize-winner, has become an international icon and the peaceful face of Tibet’s struggle for autonomy.

There is a fear among some observers that the Dalai Lama’s death could trigger even more violent uprisings than the recent riots that challenged Chinese communist rule last March.