By Shri Puri, Read the original article here.
Dharamshala: The office of the Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama has condemned the statement of the Chinese authorities telling India not to interrupt in the reincarnation process of Dalai Lama and that it would be chosen within China, based on the 200-year-old historical process. Tibetan people have taken to various social media platforms to criticize Chinese authorities over this.
On Wednesday, Tsetan Samdup, the private secretary at Dalai Lama office, quoting the statement issued by the Noble Peace laureate said reincarnation is a phenomenon that should take place either through the voluntary choice of the person concerned or at least on the strength of his or her karma, merit and prayers.
“Therefore, the person who reincarnates has sole legitimate authority over where and how he or she takes rebirth and how that reincarnation is to be recognized. It is a reality that no one else can force the person concerned, or manipulate him or her,” said Tsetan, quoting an old statement of the spiritual leader.
The issue of reincarnation has become pressing and eyes are on the conference that would take place in October. The conference would see participation from top Buddhist monks, Tibetan scholars and supporters of Tibetan cause. It is expected that the reincarnation issue would be discussed in the conference as Dalai Lama, in one of his statements, had said he would consult the high Lamas of the Tibetan Buddhist traditions, the Tibetan public and others who follow Tibetan Buddhism, to re-evaluate whether the institution of the Dalai Lama should continue.
“On that basis we will take a decision. If it is decided that the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama should continue and there is a need for the 15th Dalai Lama to be recognized, responsibility for doing so will primarily rest on the officers concerned of the Dalai Lama’s Gadhen Phodrang Trust(Dalai Lama office),” the Dalai Lama had said.
Tsetan, when asked whether reincarnation would be discussed in the conference, said Tibetan department of religion would be able to answer this better. However, the representatives of Tibetan administration refused to comment on the issue for now.