July 19, 2015

"The 14th Dalai Lama's attempt to end the reincarnation system is meant to abolish the central government's jurisdiction in historical convention and religious ritual in order to achieve his political goals, said Cedain Zhaxi."

Xinhua "It is a dual betrayal, both politically and religiously," said Zhu Weiqun, head of the Ethnic and Religious Affairs Committee of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference

'"The reincarnation of the Dalai Lama has to be endorsed by the central government, not by any other side, including the Dalai Lama himself," said Zhu. The 14th Dalai Lama's attempt to end the reincarnation system is meant to mislead the central government and the public in order to retain the title within the clique and serve their separatist purposes, said Zhu.

'"The heritage and development of Tibetan Buddhism cannot succeed without the Rinpoche reincarnation system," said the 7th Reting Rinpoche, 18, who was enthroned as the reincarnation of the 6th Reting Rinpoche in 2000. "I hope the system will last forever," he said.

'The system, which Tibetans have believed in for centuries, cannot be ended by a single person, said Qin Yongzhang, a researcher with the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. A Rinpoche title represents power and status in politicians' eyes, but for common Tibetans, belief in the reincarnation of Rinpoches is a central part of life.

'Tashi, a 48-year-old herder in Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province, could not say when his daughter's birthday is, but remembers clearly the birthday of the Sakyamuni Buddha. Tashi lives a humble life. He digs for Chinese caterpillar fungus 40 km from his home every year to support his family. He has a Buddha hall where he lights butter lamps and prays every day. "Should the Rinpoche not reincarnate, my Buddha hall would collapse," said Tashi.'

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