Dearest Friends @ CAS,
On behalf of Mr Jinpa-la, our friend and a devout Tibetan Buddhist friend in-exile, we will like to invite all our friends to a short and simple Light Offering Prayer session this Sunday, 23 March 2008.
The Prayer Session, to be led by many Tibetan sangha in Singapore, will be held at a local Buddhist centre at 221 I, Geylang Lorong 19, at 6 pm.
The prayer will be dedicated to peace and happiness of all beings, especially with regard to the recent brutal Tibetan suppression, both the perpetrators and the victims.
Requesting your dedications, prayers and support,
bb & friends
Some intriguing news for sharing with our friends:
REINCARNATION RED TAPE
(Editorial, The Telegraph)
Editorial, The Telegraph, Calcutta
Sunday, August 5, 2007, Calcutta
Totalitarian states can be cruel and comic at the same time. The latest
Chinese restriction on Tibetan Buddhism would appear to come straight
from the theatre of the absurd. Come September, and Tibet's "living
Buddhas" would have to queue up before religious affairs officials,
application forms in hand, waiting to receive official permission to be
reincarnated. The official explanation for the new restriction is that
it is ""an important move to institutionalize the management of
reincarnation of living Buddhas". The official version itself gives away
the government's lie. It must be a bizarre system that seeks not only to
manage the religious affairs of its people but also to institutionalize
them. But this is not the real import of the new regulation because
China's "management" of Tibetan Buddhism and of all other aspects of
life in Tibet began soon after it had taken control of Lhasa in 1951.
The real target of the new law is none other than the Dalai Lama. An
important provision of the 14-part regulation bars any Buddhist monk
living outside China from seeking reincarnation for himself or
recognizing a "living Buddha" Thus the law effectively marks the end of
a tradition sustained by the Dalai Lama and the "living Buddhas" who
dominated life and culture in Tibet in his name. The Chinese had earlier
tried this endgame by propping up a puppet Panchen Lama, the second most
important religious leader of the Tibetans. Now they want to foist their
own "living Buddhas" on the Tibetans.
But totalitarian regimes are also known to do silly things out of fear.
After nearly half a century of repressive measures, China has not quite
succeeded in killing the soul of Tibetan Buddhism. Despite five decades
of living in exile, the Dalai Lama remains the most important influence
in Tibetan life. China fears that the "living Buddhas" may do at home
what the exiled leader cannot. This Chinese fear is clearly born of a
failure. Despite five decades of bitter campaigns against the "feudal
and splittist" Dalai Lama and the "obscurantism" of Tibetan Buddhism,
China has failed to wean the Tibetans away from either their spiritual
leader or from their religion. Worse, the communist state is never free
from the fear of Tibetan revolts. Historically, the State and religion
have an uneasy relationship.
The latest Chinese attempt may therefore be defeated by its own irony.
It may help tighten the State's control over the lamas and the
monasteries, but it may further erode China's authority over what the
writer, Patrick French, called : the Tibet of the mind? Another impact
of the law may be more immediate and direct. It is likely to further
cloud the talks between the Chinese government and the Dalai Lama's
representatives on the issue of Tibet's autonomy.
China tells living Buddhas to obtain permission before they reincarnate
Jane Macartney in Beijing
The Times (UK)
August 4, 2007
The rules effectively exclude the Dali Lama from any role in recognising
a living Buddha
Tibet's living Buddhas have been banned from reincarnation without
permission from China's atheist leaders. The ban is included in new
rules intended to assert Beijing's authority over Tibet' restive and
deeply Buddhist people.
"The so-called reincarnated living Buddha without government approval is
illegal and invalid," according to the order, which comes into effect on
September 1, 2007.
The 14-part regulation issued by the State Administration for Religious
Affairs is aimed at limiting the influence of Tibet's exiled god-king,
the Dalai Lama, and at preventing the re-incarnation of the 72-year-old
monk without approval from Beijing.
It is the latest in a series of measures by the Communist authorities to
tighten their grip over Tibet. Reincarnate lamas, known as tulkus, often
lead religious communities and oversee the training of monks, giving
them enormous influence over religious life in the Himalayan region.
Anyone outside China is banned from taking part in the process of
seeking and recognising a living Buddha, effectively excluding the Dalai
Lama, who traditionally can play an important role in giving recognition
to candidate reincarnates.
For the first time China has given the Government the power to ensure
that no new living Buddha can be identified, sounding a possible death
knell to a mystical system that dates back at least as far as the 12th
China already insists that only the Government can approve the
appointments of Tibet's two most important monks, the Dalai Lama and the
Panchen Lama. The Dalai Lama's announcement in May 1995 that a search
inside Tibet and with the co- operation of a prominent abbot had
identified the 11th reincarnation of the Panchen Lama, who died in 1989,
enraged Beijing. That prompted the Communist authorities to restart the
search and to send a senior Politburo member to Lhasa to oversee the
final choice. This resulted in top Communist officials presiding over a
ceremony at the main Jokhang temple in Lhasa in which names of three
boys inscribed on ivory sticks were placed inside a golden urn and a lot
was then drawn to find the true reincarnation.
The boy chosen by the Dalai Lama has disappeared. The abbot who worked
with the Dalai Lama was jailed and has since vanished. Several sets of
rules on seeking out "soul boys" were promulgated in 1995, but were
effectively in abeyance and hundreds of living Buddhas are now believed
to live inside and outside China.
All Tibetans believe in reincarnation, but only the holiest or most
outstanding individuals are believed to be recognisable a tulku, or
apparent body. One Tibetan monk told The Times: " In the past there was
no such regulation. The management of living Buddhas is becoming more
The search for a reincarnation is a mystical process involving clues
left by the deceased and visions among leading monks on where to look.
The current Dalai Lama, the fourteenth of the line, was identified in
1937 when monks came to his village.
China has long insisted that it must have the final say over the
appointment of the most senior lamas. Tibet experts said that the new
regulations may also be aimed at limiting the influence of new lamas.