Dalai Lama: ‘I might not be reincarnated’

Dalai Lama: ‘I might not be reincarnated’

The Dalai Lama has been accused of offending Tibetan Buddhism by suggesting that he might not be reincarnated after he dies.

According to this report, the head of Tibet’s regional congress, Padma Choling, said that the Dalai Lama has to return, just as he has done for generations.

Whether [the Dalai Lama] wants to cease reincarnation or not … this decision is not up to him. When he became the 14th Dalai Lama, it was not his decision.

He was chosen following a strict system dictated by religious rules and historical tradition and also with the approval of the central government.

He added:

Can he decide when to stop reincarnating? That is impossible. What he wants is to distort reality. It’s impossible in my view. Tibetan Buddhism follows tradition. If he goes ahead with this there will be division.

Tibetan Buddhists believe the soul of a senior lama is reincarnated in the body of a child on his death.

The Dalai Lama was chosen as the head of his religion as a boy. He fled his homeland in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule.

The second most powerful figure in Tibetan Buddhism is the Panchen Lama.

In 1995, the Dalai Lama named a boy in Tibet as the reincarnation of the previous Panchen.


But Chinese officials took the boy away and chose their own Panchen Lama, Gyaltsen Norbu, above.

He was named by Beijing as the reincarnation of the Panchen Lama when he was six, but he is not recognised by followers of the Dalai Lama. The consider him to be a fake.

The Dalai Lama has said his title could end when he dies, signalling to Tibetans that whoever the Chinese government chooses to replace him after his death would be an imposter.

Padma Choling said:

I think [the Dalai Lama] is actually profaning religion and Tibetan Buddhism. He says ‘no reincarnation’, so it’s no reincarnation? The crux of this issue, where the problem really lies, is that he wants to try and take away the central government’s rights on reincarnation.

12 responses to “Dalai Lama: ‘I might not be reincarnated’”

  1. 1859 says:

    This is SO contentious! It’s like trying to decide if we should sell candy floss to one-legged acrobats or send all Swiss cheese to the Moon on the back of six beluga whales not seven! I mean let’s get real here!

    If the DL did say this about himself then I applaud him for letting a scintilla of reasonable doubt enter his religious consciousness – it’s progress of a sort I suppose. I would love the DL to come out as either gay or an atheist – or both!

  2. Wordwizard says:

    According to the article, if you read it carefully, he said that the person the government declares his reincarnation may not be/almost certainly won’t be his actual reincarnation. He has already admitted TO WESTERNERS that he doesn’t expect any of them to believe he’s a God-King. He tried to retire from his post as God-King. He’s already done his best to say he’s an atheist, without offending his gullible followers by actually SAYING SO in so many words.

    Since WE are not Tibetan Buddhists, WE can afford to regard this as much ado about nothing. In China and Tibet, it’s a big deal…

  3. Robster says:

    I thought the only two headed llama was in Doctor Dolittle.

  4. Angela_K says:

    OT. While credulous cretins argue about nothing researchers have observed fluctuations in the DNA copying process that could assist in cancer research.

  5. Lucy1 says:

    The Dalai Lama named a little boy?? A death sentence, given the context. What an arse,

  6. barriejohn says:

    1859: I’m waiting for him to come out as gay as well.

    Re the Tibetan Dalai Lama = Attain leather? I beam, lad!

  7. Brian Jordan says:

    Clearly Buddhophobe Of The Year!

  8. L.Long says:

    ‘I might not be reincarnated’
    Want to bet that with an impartial group he wont be able to prove that he ever was?

  9. barriejohn says:

    He had better insist upon cremation:

    An incinerator = reincarnation.

  10. John C says:

    I think he is making a shrewd political move so his authority over the Tibetan people cannot be hijacked by the Chinese, thats all,The chinese have already attempted to place their choice in place as his second in command.

  11. gedediah says:

    The state (Chinese or Tebetan) have long had the final word as to who is the new god king. It’s therefore a political role more than a spiritual one. Separation of church and state anyone?

  12. Trevor Blake says:

    The editors of Wikipedia dance around plain speech as much as they can. But in this article the truth of slavery, whipping, mutilation and death under Tibetan Buddhism cannot be hidden.