How’s this a thing? China recognizes 358 living Buddhas in occupied Tibet…

Picture of Panchen Lama and President Jiang Zemin from 1999 the old man instagramed to illustrate this episode of Pulp Buddhism in which the Naropa Prairie Dog Players discuss the relationship between China and Tibetan Buddhism…

Allen begins.

“Check this out, the Chinese have a check list for how to recognize a Tulku.”

Living Buddhas, also known as Rinpoches or Tulkus, are deeply revered monks in Tibetan Buddhism, where it is believed that the soul of a senior Buddha is reincarnated in a child on his death.

There are 358 Living Buddhas in the Tibet autonomous region, according to a white paper released by the State Council in September.

The reincarnation of a Living Buddha, which dates to the 13th century, must complete these procedures:

1. After the death of a Living Buddha, a ceremony is held to honor the body and pray for rebirth.

2. A search team headed by a Living Buddha is sent first to Lhamo Latso-the Oracle Lake-in Tibet to seek prophetic visions of the reincarnation.

3. Living Buddhas are then sent in disguise to scour Tibet for special signs of a reincarnation. These include new mothers who have had unusual dreams and children who have special knowledge without being taught. Dozens of candidates are designated.

4. Final confirmation of the reincarnation is decided by the drawing of lots from a golden urn in the Jokhang Monastery in Lhasa.

5. The reincarnation process is completed after an enthronement ceremony.

In September 2007, the State Administration for Religious Affairs said all reincarnations of Living Buddhas in Tibetan Buddhism must receive government approval.

the Jakarta Post, December 5, 2015

Jonathan replies.

“China’s recognition of Ogyen Trinley Dorje as the 17th Karmapa didn’t just happen.”

Caroline replies.

“Ogyen Trinley Dorje was China’s first.”

Virginia replies.

“We don’t talk about it.”

Karl replies.

“At the time Situ thought he would get a Nobel Peace Prize for making this historic breakthrough in Sino-Tibetan relations.”

Jonathan replies.

“Akong Rinpoche did the heavy lifting.”

Jonathan continues.

“On the Chinese side it was Situ’s Taiwanese benefactor Mr Chen Lu-an.”

Virginia replies.

“HHDL approved.”

Jonathan replies.

“He lived to regret it with the Panchen Lama.”

Virginia replies.

“All the more credit for Situ Rinpoche.”

Jonathan replies.

“HHDL didn’t have Mr Chen.”

Virginia replies.

“To whom we owe a debt of gratitude.”

Virginia continues.

“358 Tulkus recognized is an accomplishment that will stand the test of time.”

Caroline replies.

“It’s something.”

Jonathan replies.

“It remains to be determined what.”

End scene. Fini.

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2 responses to “How’s this a thing? China recognizes 358 living Buddhas in occupied Tibet…

  1. okiebuddhist

    I’ve decided to use oracles and draw straws to decide the outcome of my students’ grades.

    • Jonathan begins.

      “The Traleg Yangsi recently enthroned at Thrangu monastery is one of China’s 358 official living buddhas.”

      Sally replies.

      “Ogyen Trinley Dorje let this happen?”

      Caroline replies.

      “Khenchen Thrangu and Khenpo Karthar did too.”

      Virginia replies.

      “Tibet is part of China.”

      Karl replies.

      “We have Situ Rinpoche to thank for this.”

      Virginia replies.

      “You say that like its a bad thing.”

      Virginia replies.

      “Situ Rinpoche had HHDL’s blessings at the time.”

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