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Dalai Lama hints he may cross 100 years

July 12, 2010

July 7, 2010

Dharamsala, July 7 -- As he turned 75 yesterday,
the Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama
hinted that it might be too early to worry about
the next Dalai Lama, a concern that is shared by
many Tibetans and supporters worldwide as China’s
meddling into the century old Tibetan reincarnation tradition is on the rise.

The Tibetan leader said he is not much concerned
about appointing his successor. "I am not much
concerned about these things. As I have
expressed, Chinese Communists seem to be more
concerned about the Dalai Lama institution than
me... political reason of course, silly thinking,
and that's the matter. And at a practical level,
no hurry, I am quite healthy, if I don't commit
suicide then otherwise my body is very healthy,
another 10-20 years I can... no problem, maybe 30
years..." the Tibetan leader told NDTV in a
special program broadcast on the occasion of his 75th birthday.

The Tibetan leader answered in affirmative when
asked if the institution of the Dalai Lama could
fade away. "Yes! like the Buddha
himself...there's no Buddha institution, No
Nagarjuna institution, but the teachings still
remain, not the organization. Of course I cannot
compare with these great leaders, but my
thoughts, my books will remain after me, for a
few 100 years, but that's nothing to do with the institution.”

In 2007, China introduced a new rule that banned
Tibetan reincarnate lamas without its approval.
The 14-part regulation issued by the State
Administration for Religious Affairs is aimed at
limiting the influence of His Holiness the Dalai
Lama, and installing its own next Dalai Lama.

"The so-called reincarnated living Buddha without
government approval is illegal and invalid,"
according to the law that became effective September 1, 2007.

The Tibetan leader told NDTV the institution of
the Dalai Lama is not very important for Tibetan
Buddhism as many people seem to think. “Some
people got the impression that the institution is
very important for Tibetan Buddhism, it's not.”

Meanwhile, the exile Tibetan government has
rejected Beijing’s choice of the reincarnation of
prominent Tibetan lama, Gyalrong Dedrug Rinpoche
of Drepung Loseling Monastery. “As well as going
against religion, this action of the Chinese
government is a politically-motivated one.” On
July 4, China appointed a five year old boy as
the reincarnation of the Tibetan master who,
according to the Tibetan exile government’s
department of religion and culture, should be
recognized as per the tradition with the consent
of the Gaden Tripa, the holder of the Gaden Throne.

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