The Dalai Lama is “profaning religion and Tibetan Buddhism” with comments that he won’t be reincarnated when he dies, the Chinese-appointed governor of Tibet told reporters yesterday.
The Dalai Lama previously declared that he would not be reincarnated so long as Tibet is under Chinese rule, and that no one, including China, has the right to choose his successor. It’s a plan that Chinese officials, to put it lightly, have not gotten on board with, and these recent remarks by Tibet governor Padma Choling are apparently some of the strongest made yet over the subject.
“If the central government had not approved it, how could he have become the 14th Dalai Lama? He couldn’t. It has a serious procedure,” he said. “I think that, in fact, he is profaning religion and Tibetan Buddhism.”
“If he says no reincarnation then no reincarnation? Impossible. Nobody in Tibetan Buddhism would agree to that,” the governor added. “We must respect history, respect and not profane Tibetan Buddhism.”
In an interview with German newspaper Welt Am Sonntag back in December, the Buddhist leader said that he didn’t think Tibetans needed a Dalai Lama anymore and suggested that the centuries-old tradition “should cease at the time of a quite popular Dalai Lama.”
China, however, insists that the tradition should continue and that it must approve the next Dalai Lama.
The Tibetan exile said he will make a formal statement on the matter when he turns 90. Padma Choling, meanwhile, would seemingly like to get the ball rolling a bit sooner. He said at a press conference on Monday that the “door for dialogue” with the Dalai Lama is “always open”.