Friday, August 12, 2011

My Lama Is Better Than Your Lama

The Chinese government is delusional if it thinks that the Tibetan Buddhist community will ever accept its handpicked Panchen Lama, who arrived at the Labrang Monastery in Xiahe to a forced show of feigned enthusiasm by the thousand monks in residence.

The real Panchen Lama, who is the second ranking reincarnate Lama in Tibetan Buddhism, disappeared shortly after being named by the Dalai Lama in 1995, having likely disposed of by the Chinese government. Whether he was relocated, killed, or still languishes in a prison somewhere is unknown.

The installation of the Chinese designated Panchen Lama at Labrang Monastery is likely a "dress rehearsal" for the death of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, when China will likely override the wishes of the Tibetan people and their government in exile, and cynically claim its own authority to select the next Dalai Lama, who they intend to control as a puppet of Beijing.

China has for years gone through the motions of allowing the practice of Buddhism by the Tibetan people, while in truth maintaining strict authority of the operation of temples and monasteries, closing and destroying most while allowing the continued existence of only a few which they force to pledge loyalty to Beijing, and which are run more for display to tourists and international observers than to function for the spiritual and cultural benefit of the Tibetan people.

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