ISSUE BRIEF X: THE DALAI LAMA REINCARNATION CRISIS: THE FUTURE OF THE TIBETAN CAUSE: By RIDHA SHEMIL
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Issue Brief: X
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The Dalai Lama has been a very important figure in the Tibetan struggle for a state. In light of the ageing of the 14th Dalai Lama, People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the Dalai Lama along with other Tibetan Buddhist heads have been discussing amongst themselves respectively about how the reincarnation should be legitimised. The PRC is strengthening its atheism and political affiliation in the Tibetan autonomous region, engaging in activities such as “re-educating” the Tibetans about religion and attempting to end international support for Tibet in "the post-Dalai era". This article examines the importance of selecting the Dalai to both the PRC and the Tibetan Buddhists by analysing the history of reincarnation and the PRC’s engagements with this. The paper also looks at how significant the selection of a Dalai Lama who is from the diaspora and is affiliated with the current Tibetan government in exile is important for achieving the Tibetan cause.
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