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Reincarnation talk later, guard against politicisation: Dalai Lama

Source : IANS
Last Updated: Sat, Sep 24, 2011 13:25 hrs
Lobsang Sangay, Dalai Lama

Dharamsala: Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama Saturday said it is too early to talk about his reincarnation but he also warned that no recognition or acceptance should be given to a candidate chosen for political ends by anyone, including China.

'When I am about 90, I will consult the high lamas of the Tibetan Buddhist traditions, the Tibetan public, and other people concerned who follow Tibetan Buddhism, and re-evaluate whether the institution of the Dalai Lama should continue or not,' a statement quoting the elderly monk, respected by millions as a living god, said here.

'We would take a decision on reincarnation' on this basis, he said.

'If it's 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 Gaden Phodrang Trust,' the Dalai Lama, the 14th in the order, said.

'They should consult the various heads of the Tibetan Buddhist traditions and the reliable oath-bound dharma protectors who are linked inseparably to the lineage of the Dalai Lamas... I shall leave clear written instructions about this. Bear in mind that, apart from the reincarnation recognized through such legitimate methods, no recognition or acceptance should be given to a candidate chosen for political ends by anyone, including those in the People's Republic of China,' he said.

The Dalai Lama, 77, also clarified that he would draw up clear guidelines to recognise the next Dalai Lama.

'Therefore, while I remain physically and mentally fit, it seems important to me that we draw up clear guidelines to recognise the next Dalai Lama, so that there is no room for doubt or deception,' he said.

Born Tenzin Gyatso on July 6, 1935, at Taktser hamlet in northeastern Tibet, the present Dalai Lama was recognised at the age of two as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai, Lama Thubten Gyatso.

He fled Tibet after a failed uprising against the Chinese rule in 1959, basing his Tibetan government-in-exile here that never won recognition from any country.

India is home to around 100,000 Tibetans.




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