Dalai Lama Dilemma

The region of Tibet is one of vast natural resources, including gold and lithium (not Nirvana’s hit grunge-anthem). China invaded the region in 1950 and have since placed strict controls on institutions of Tibetan Buddhism. Monasteries have been destroyed and hundreds of thousands of citizens have been killed.

When being scored for political rights and civil liberties, Tibet was named second worst only behind Syria. The most alarming sign of how bad things are: since early 2009, 146 Tibetans have self-immolated in protest.

Along with these acts of tyranny, China has shown an intense dislike for the Dalai Lama, who acts as both a spiritual and political leader of Tibetan Buddhists. The communist nation has done everything in their power to diminish his role to the point where the Lama fled Tibet in 1959. He has resided in India ever since.

At 81 years old, thoughts have now turned to the Dalai Lama’s next reincarnation. Traditionally, the Panchen Lama, who is chosen/found by the Dalai Lama, is in charge of finding the next Dalai Lama. However, the young boy who was chosen as the Panchen Lama has not been seen in more than 20 years, as the Chinese government arrested him and his family. In doing so, China named their own Panchen Lama.

The problem here is obvious: if China controls the Panchen Lama, they could use him to pick a new Dalai Lama who just so happens to support the communist Chinese government. Due to this conspiracy, the spiritual leader is now saying that he may not reincarnate as the Dalai Lama at all or, if he does, it will not be within Chinese controlled Tibet.

With a knockoff, Chinese controlled Dalai Lama, the region of Tibet will be subject to even more communist tyranny without the guidance of their beloved figurehead.

Photo Credit: Complex

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