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China's action politically motivated: Tibetan Government-in-Exile

July 6, 2010

Gaurav Bisht
Hindustan Times
July 5, 2010

Dharamsala, July 5 -- Reacting angrily to recent
selection of incarnate monk through "golden urn
procedure," Tibetan-government-in-exile on Monday
termed Chinese government's action "politically motivated."

Two days ago,Losang Doje, was recognized as
the  sixth incarnation of Gyalrong Dedrug
Rinpoche through lot draw system in presence of
Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu, Chinese appointed 11th
Panchen Lama at Jhokang temple in Tibet.

Tibetan "government-in exile,  charged the
Chinese government of using the  religious
figures for political purpose. Tibetan religious
affair department described the selection as politically motivated.

"Recognizing the incarnations of
Lamas(Trulkus)  is a unique Tibetan practice
related with Buddhism. It has nothing to do with
politics" said the Religious Affair department of Tibetan-government-in- exile.

Religious department called for following the
traditional way of selecting reincarnate of the
Dedrug Rinpoche with consent of Gaden throne
holder, the head of Gelug School of Buddhism.
Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama belongs to the Gelug sect.

Tibetan-government-in exile denounced the
religious regulation issued by China, which makes
it mandatory for the reincarnate lamas to seek approval from the government.

"Regulation on Management Measures for the
Reincarnation of Living Buddhas in Tibetan
Buddhism by transgressing the bounds of both
religion and politics" said the department of
Religion and Cultural affairs here in a release.

The heads of the four religious schools of
Tibetan Buddhism, Sakya, Gelugpa, Kaggyu and
Nyima and the traditional Bon religion issued a
seven-point joint declaration on 2 September
2007, repudiating this regulation. All the four
schools of Tibetan Buddhism in a special meeting
in 2008, declared that in future the reincarnated
lamas could only be considered real, only after
the approval from  heads of concerned religious tradition.
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