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…
“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.
“China’s recognition of Ogyen Trinley Dorje as the 17th Karmapa didn’t just happen.”
“Ogyen Trinley Dorje was China’s first.”
“We don’t talk about it.”
“At the time Situ thought he would get a Nobel Peace Prize for making this historic breakthrough in Sino-Tibetan relations.”
“Akong Rinpoche did the heavy lifting.”
“On the Chinese side it was Situ’s Taiwanese benefactor Mr Chen Lu-an.”
“He lived to regret it with the Panchen Lama.”
“All the more credit for Situ Rinpoche.”
“HHDL didn’t have Mr Chen.”
“To whom we owe a debt of gratitude.”
“358 Tulkus recognized is an accomplishment that will stand the test of time.”
“It remains to be determined what.”
End scene. Fini.
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