China Orders Dalai Lama to Reincarnate


dalai-lamaThe debate over whether or not the Dalai Lama will reincarnate has reached a boiling point in China, as one of its prominent party officials recently told reporters that “Decision-making power over the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama, and over the end or survival of this lineage, resides in the central government of China.”

The Dalai Lama recently said his spiritual lineage might end with him and that he might not reincarnate. This would upend plans by the Chinese government to pick a successor who would support its control of Tibet.

The Chinese official, Zhu Weiqun, shrilly declared that the Dalai Lama’s musings are “in religious terms, this is a betrayal of the succession of Dalai Lamas in Tibetan Buddhism. The 14th Dalai Lama has taken an extremely frivolous and disrespectful attitude toward this issue.” Read more at The New York Times.

{Andy Newscenter}


  1. Just a little heads up on this- the Tibetians have been ruthlessly handled at the hands of the Chinese. They forced the Dalai Lama into exile and are continually ruining Tibet. No reincarnation would mean the end of a dynasty which stretches back to ancient times.
    I am by no means advocating for the Dalai Lama, many of their rituals smell very strongly of withcraft and other forbidden things, but as a person he has positively influenced thousands of people worldwide, not least by winning the Nobel Peace Prize- we need a few more leaders like him in the world…

  2. When I read this elsewhere I wondered what the Jewish tradition said about this. Is it our own choice whether to reincarnate?