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Living Buddha Chosen By Draw

August 5, 2010

By Robert Weller
August 3, 2010

Lhasa, China -- A five-year-old has been chosen
as the Sixth Living Buddha after selection by
draw in Lhasa supervised by China.

The boy, whose secular name is Losang Doje, was
picked as the reincarnation of the Fifth Living Buddha, who died in March 2000.

Living Buddhas take the name of Dezhub. The
designation of a Living Buddha, who is a
reincarnation of Buddhas before him, stems back
to Kubla Khan in the 13th century and is the
difference between Tibetan Buddhism and others.

The Chinese government approved the choice after
local officials went through the traditional
process. Three years ago China banned the
reincarnation of living buddhas without its
consent. This was aimed at the Dalai Lama, who
also is a Living Buddha, and who could choose
whether to be reincarnated as a human.

Two names were sealed in silk bags and put in a
golden urn, Xinhua reported. The
Chinese-appointed 11th Panchen Lama, Bainqen
Erdini Qoigyijabu, drew Doje's silk bag from the urn.

Senior monks had picked the two candidates after
an intense search since the death of the Fifth
Living Buddha in 2000. He had supported Chinese rule of Tibet.

The Deccan Chronicle of India reported: "As monks
chanted sutras to pray for peace and happiness,
the crimson-robed 'Living Buddha' paid his
respects to statues of Lord Buddha before he was
seated on the throne. The five-year-old sat
straight when he was adorned with a yellow
cassock and yellow hat, the symbols of the
Gelugpa school, also known as the Yellow Sect,
one of the four streams of Tibetan Buddhism."

Losang Doje was born in Lhunze County of Shannan
Prefecture. He was given the religious name of Dezhub Jamyang Sherab Palden.

He was enthroned at Zagor Monastery in Shannan
Prefecture on Monday. His lot was drawn on July 4.
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