White Paper reaffirms living Buddha policy


Beijing ‘has undeniable endorsement right on the reincarnation system’,document says

The central government has an undeniable endorsement right on the reincarnation ofliving Buddhas in the Tibet autonomous region, a senior official said on Sunday.

The comment was made as China issued a white paper reaffirming Tibet’s ethnicautonomous policy ahead of the 50th anniversary of its foundation.

The official said the central government respects Tibet’s history and religious traditions.The reincarnation system is an important tradition to ensure the inheritance of TibetanBuddhism, which since the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) has been affirmed and regulated bythe central government, the official added.

Norbu Dundub from the United Front Work Department of the Communist Party of ChinaTibet Autonomous Regional Committee, was speaking at a news conference.

The regulation on the reincarnation system is clearly outlined in a document issued by theState Administration for Religious Affairs in 2007, he added.

“So, no matter what the Dalai Lama says or does, he cannot deny the central government’sright to confirm the new reincarnation,” he said.

Among its roles, the United Front Work Department is a Party organ that supervisesreligious affairs in China.

Norbu Dundub was responding to an interview in The New York Times in July with theDalai Lama who said, “The CPC is pretending that they know more about thereincarnation system than the Dalai Lama.”

Norbu Dundub accused the Dalai Lama of violating historical conventions and religiousrituals by designating a Panchen Lama at will. “The designation is illegal and invalid,” hesaid. The regulation states that a Panchen Lama must be confirmed by the centralgovernment.

Choekyi Nyima, now 26, was named by the Dalai Lama as the 11th Panchen Lama “againsthistorical customs and religious rituals”, Norbu Dundub said.


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