Dharamshala: Kalon (minister) Norzin Dolma of the Department of Information and International Relations launched a book containing a compilation of research articles about the Tibetan Buddhist system of recognising reincarnations earlier this morning at the Tibetan Computer Resource Centre’s auditorium.
The compendium of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of reincarnations was published by the Tibet Policy Institute (TPI), a think tank and policy analysis institute of the Central Tibetan Administration. It was initially conceived during the term of former TPI Director Tenzin Lekshay, who has consistently implored and encouraged scholars in the exiled Tibetan community to research and compile papers on the topic as the Chinese Communist Party increases its illegitimate claims of authority over Tibetan Buddhism.
In his opening remarks, the current TPI Director, Dawa Tsering, underscored the indispensability of publishing and circulating such research books to counter China’s false assertion. He said, “The articles regarding a system of recognising reincarnation in the book are based on the beliefs and traditions of various Tibetan schools of Buddhism”. He added, “However, the claims made by the Chinese government are entirely based on its political interest”.
Following the book launch, three speakers-Sonam Gyaltsen, former Tibetan Parliamentarian and the incumbent senior Professor of College for Higher Tibetan Studies (Sarah); Tsangtruk Topla, Senior Lecturer on Tibetan History at the College for Higher Tibetan Studies (Sarah); and Nyenthar, Lecturer in Tibetan Language and Literature at Dalai Lama Institute for Higher Education, will speak to the gathering on topics concerning historical accounts and status of Gaden Phodrang government in Tibet.