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“Divine Intervention or Chinese Law?”

So, there you are, a kid ready to be deemed the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama, the supreme spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhist Monks, and in walks a Chinese public office worker saying, “Sorry but this reincarnation is illegal as this person has not been approved by the Chinese Central Government. Please fill out these forms and do the proper due diligence before performing a reincarnation, in the future. Thank you.”

Okay, what up with that? Last time I checked on Tibetan Buddhist culture the whole reincarnation is supposed to be left up to the religious elders within Tibet. It is not subject to Beijing approval. If this is religious freedom within China then I have a bridge that can cross the Pacific Ocean to sell you. Regardless of the millions of people China “allow” to visit Lhasa as a pilgrimage religious freedom doesn’t exist in China, unless you 100% obey the Central Authority.

I’ve walked with Tibetan Monks, while visiting the home in exile of the 14th Dalai Lama – Dharamsala, but I just missed the 14th Dalai Lama (he was in Japan at the time). What is the Central Chinese government getting up in a tizzy about? I think if they just relaxed on the religious crackdowns and maybe fostered some kind of true freedom, transparency, and brotherhood between people they would go a long way in maintaining this One China Policy they so proudly preach. The people I met were very political and very boisterous, and really nice. The Monks spent the day in “arguments/debates” where they challenged their own religion as well as other topics. It was enlightening that people could challenge each other without violence. Religion challenging itself with the outcome being greater enlightenment – things that most religions speak about but rarely live up to.

China has bigger problems to deal with than revolting Monks in Tibet (or independent minded Taiwanese). The big bad Chinese government needs to get a handle on the environmental destruction taking place in the country, the loosely regulated manufacturing industry, and the ridiculous amount of secrecy/lack of transparency within the government. Oh, not to mention the 2008 Summer Olympics are coming to town (which I disagree with).

I don’t want to be anti-Chinese because I believe the Chinese people are like anyone else in this World – they want success and a comfortable life. I’m criticizing the management of China, and the way the Chinese Central Government oversteps its boundaries and sticks its hands into realms of life they should stay out of. If you want to check an article about this issue see – http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6944750.stm

Peace ya’ll

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