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10 years ago  ::  Dec 29, 2007 - 7:17PM #1
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Since the Communists invaded Tibet in 1951, the Dalai Lama has personified the struggle for self-determination for the Tibetan people.  China still accuses the Dalai Lama of subversion and seeking independence for Tibet, and it isn't much of a stretch to imagine that China will appoint a new Dalai Lama after his death.

Now the Dalai Lama says that the best way to address the choice of a new spiritual leader would be for the Tibetan people to vote on a new system of leadership before he dies and their spiritual leaders fall under Chinese control.  He wants to hold a referendum among all Tibetan Buddhists along the Himalayan range and up in Mongolia to determine leadership after his death. They could eliminate the institution of the Dalai Lama , or name a successor before the reincarnation of the current spiritual leader.

China's foreign ministry said that the Dalai Lama is violating religious practice and historical procedure. They WOULD know about that from experience.

How do Buddhists or others concerned see this? Departure from tradition? Justified fear of Chinese control over the search for a successor? A smart move?
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