Saturday, January 29, 2011

China tells living Buddhas to obtain permission before they reincarnate...

This story I heard on the radio and it has kept me laughing to myself for 2 whole days. Only a bunch bureaucratic elected officials could think up something so ridiculous. Government wants to control every aspect of your life while living and now they are trying to control your afterlife. However it did bring up an abundance of questions.
1. Would you have to have permission before you died, just in case.
2. Could your spouse/family ask permission after you died.

3. Would there be a fee or license
4. Would you have to pay pre-reincarnation tax
5. Would special permission be required to specify gender
6. Would special permission be required to specify country or race
7. Would special permission be required to specify Language
8. Would you need a special permit to specify animal or human
These are a few, however the list can go on and on, use your imagination. BE

Tibet’s living Buddhas have been banned from reincarnation without permission from China’s atheist leaders. The ban is included in new rules intended to assert Beijing’s authority over Tibet’s restive and deeply Buddhist people.
“The so-called reincarnated living Buddha without government approval is illegal and invalid,” according to the order, which comes into effect on September 1.
The 14-part regulation issued by the State Administration for Religious Affairs is aimed at limiting the influence of Tibet’s exiled god-king, the Dalai Lama, and at preventing the re-incarnation of the 72-year-old monk without approval from Beijing.
It is the latest in a series of measures by the Communist authorities to tighten their grip over Tibet. Reincarnate lamas, known as tulkus, often lead religious communities and oversee the training of monks, giving them enormous influence over religious life in the Himalayan region. Anyone outside China is banned from taking part in the process of seeking and recognising a living Buddha, effectively excluding the Dalai Lama, who traditionally can play an important role in giving recognition to candidate reincarnates.
For the first time China has given the Government the power to ensure that no new living Buddha can be identified, sounding a possible death knell to a mystical system that dates back at least as far as the 12th century. Read More: