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    From news.com.au (Australia): No reincarnations without approval A SENIOR Tibetan lama and Chinese government advisers have defended contentious rules banning
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      From news.com.au (Australia):

      No reincarnations without approval

      A SENIOR Tibetan lama and Chinese government
      advisers have defended contentious rules
      banning reincarnations of "living Buddhas"
      without approval.
      The rules are apparently aimed at empowering
      China to name the next Dalai Lama when the
      14th and current Dalai Lama dies.
      Last July, China's State Administration of
      Religious Affairs issued regulations banning
      reincarnations of living Buddhas, or holy
      monks, who failed to seek government
      approval, ostensibly to manipulate the
      centuries-old practice and legitimise future
      appointments by the atheist Communist Party.
      Tibetan lama Tubdain Kaizhub, himself a
      living Buddha and vice-chairman of Tibet's
      Political Consultative Conference - an advisory
      body to the regional parliament - affirmed
      the regulations on Monday, China's official
      Xinhua news agency reported.
      Xinhua quoted Soi'ham Rinzin, a member of the
      advisory body, as saying the 14th Dalai Lama
      ignored religious ritual and historical
      convention to unilaterally decide reincarnations,
      disturbing religious order.
      The Dalai Lama, 72, fled into exile in India in
      1959 after an abortive uprising against Communist
      rule, but remains the single most important
      influence in Tibetan life.
      Critics say China continues to repress Tibetans'
      religious aspirations, especially their
      veneration for the Dalai Lama, the Nobel Peace
      Prize winner whom China denounces as a "separatist".
      The rules, which came into force on September 1,
      bar any Buddhist monk living outside China from
      seeking reincarnation for himself or recognising
      a "living Buddha".
      Reincarnations of about 1000 living Buddhas have
      been approved in Tibet and Tibetan populated areas
      of Sichuan, Qinghai, Gansu and Yunnan since 1991,
      according to a government website.
      In 1995, the Dalai Lama and China's Communist
      authorities chose rival reincarnations of the
      10th Panchen Lama, who died in 1989. The Panchen
      Lama is the second-highest figure in Tibet's
      spiritual hierarchy.
      The boy anointed by the Dalai Lama, then aged six,
      swiftly disappeared from public view, prompting
      international rights groups to call him the
      "world's youngest political prisoner".
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