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Dalai Lama: No Problem Ending Position

From the Agence France-Pressee (AFP):

Dalai Lama says ‘no problem’ ending his position

Mon Feb 22

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – The Dalai Lama said Monday he would have no misgivings ending his centuries-old spiritual position if Tibetans so choose amid worries that China would try to pick a pliant successor.

The Dalai Lama, who fled his Chinese-ruled homeland in 1959, turns 75 in July and has increasingly focused attention on the search for his successor, although he is believed to be in good health.

"Ultimately up to people, I made clear, whether this very institution should continue or not," the 14th Dalai Lama told National Public Radio on a visit to Los Angeles.

"If majority of Tibetan people feel the Dalai institution is no longer much relevant, then this institution should cease — there is no problem," he said.

"It looks like the Chinese are more concerned about this institution than me," he said with a laugh

In a possible sign of controversies to come, China in 1995 rejected the Dalai Lama’s choice to be the Panchen Lama, another high-ranking Buddhist leader, and installed its own boy in a ceremony overseen by the Communist Party.

The Dalai Lama’s choice as Panchen Lama has since disappeared from public view, with rights groups calling him the world’s youngest political prisoner.

The Dalai Lama has previously voiced willingness to break tradition in finding his successor, floating the idea of identifying the next spiritual leader while the current Dalai Lama is still alive or selecting a girl

Would it be too cynical to suggest that this sudden change in tone might somehow be the result of the Dalai Lama’s visit with Mr. Obama?

At the very least the timing of his remarks strike us as awfully convenient.

Still, the good news is maybe this will be enough to get the Chinese buying our Treasury notes again.

After all, we have got to pay for those extended unemployment payments somehow.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Dalai Lama: No Problem Ending Position”

  1. canary says:

    AFP: Dalai Lama says ‘no problem’ ending his position
    Feb 22, 2010
    LOS ANGELES (AFP) – The Dalai Lama said Monday he would have no misgivings ending his centuries-old spiritual position if Tibetans so choose amid worries that China would try to pick a pliant successor.

    “Ultimately up to people, I made clear, whether this very institution should continue or not,” the 14th Dalai Lama told National Public Radio on a visit to Los Angeles.

    The Dalai Lama has previously voiced willingness to break tradition in finding his successor, floating the idea of identifying the next spiritual leader while the current Dalai Lama is still alive or selecting a girl.

    The current Dalai Lama was born to a modest village family. When he was four, traveling holy men spotted signs that he was the latest incarnation in a line of spiritual leaders dating from the 14th century.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100222/ts_alt_afp/ustibetchinareligionpolitics;_ylt=AmGs.axm_mJpHSdjYg23jbJn.3QA;_ylu=X3oDMTNpcW1pZTE3BGFzc2V0A2FmcC8yMDEwMDIyMi91c3RpYmV0Y2hpbmFyZWxpZ2lvbnBvbGl0aWNzBGNjb2RlA21vc3Rwb3B1bGFyBGNwb3MDNgRwb3MDNgRzZWMDeW5fdG9wX3N0b3JpZXMEc2xrA2RhbGFpbGFtYXNheQ–

  2. artboyusa says:

    Wouldn’t be much of a spiritual leader if he was obsessed with earthly rank and status, would he? If only some of our Western leaders were so happy to surrender their office when the people said they should go. Actually, I give Obama credit (first time for everything) for finally meeting with the Dalai Lama. Anything that bugs the Chinese that much has to be good. Of course, from President Barry’s viewpoint there was the payoff of all those great headlines: “Living God meets Dalai Lama” and so on…

    • jobeth says:

      …but O’Balmy made it right with the Chinese by escorting the Dalai Lama out with the trash…The only they didn’t do was to bag him up.

  3. Confucius says:

    This story doesn’t make sense.

    The Dalai Lama’s successor is supposed to be chosen only after the predecessor dies.

    Furthermore, it’s not up to the people, government or affirmative action to choose the next Dalai Lama. It’s up to the elders to find its reincarnation.


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