China Bans Reincarnation Without Permission

In an attempt to solidify it’s total dominance over Tibet and complete oppression of Tibetan Buddhists, China has put into law that reincarnation requires permission and that no Tibetan Buddhist living outside China would be granted permission to reincarnate (here) – wait a minute – wtf? I am sure glad the ban isn’t retroactive…

It is overwhleming the extent that human cruelty and the attrocities committed in the name of the state, any state, continues (here)…it is, however, equally amazing the small acts of kindness that we are all calable of

Aug. 20-27, 2007 issue – In one of history’s more absurd acts of totalitarianism, China has banned Buddhist monks in Tibet from reincarnating without government permission. According to a statement issued by the State Administration for Religious Affairs, the law, which goes into effect next month and strictly stipulates the procedures by which one is to reincarnate, is “an important move to institutionalize management of reincarnation.” But beyond the irony lies China’s true motive: to cut off the influence of the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s exiled spiritual and political leader, and to quell the region’s Buddhist religious establishment more than 50 years after China invaded the small Himalayan country. By barring any Buddhist monk living outside China from seeking reincarnation, the law effectively gives Chinese authorities the power to choose the next Dalai Lama, whose soul, by tradition, is reborn as a new human to continue the work of relieving suffering.

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