The officially atheist Communist Party has already shown that it will intervene in the reincarnation of vital figures in Tibetan Buddhism such as the Panchen Lama
, who traditionally plays a significant role in choosing the Dalai Lama's successor.
Throughout the history of Buddhism it has been witnessed that Karmapa is a central figure and has played a very important role for the preservation of the study and religious rituals of Buddhism such as the Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama
. The Karmapa lineage is the most ancient Tulku lineage in Tibetan Buddhism, predating the Dalai Lama lineage by more than two centuries and is an important one as the Karmapa is conventionally the head of the Karma Kagyu School.
This leaves Kathmandu- Kerung link as the only alternate route to reach Xigaste, the Tibetan trading centre but this second largest city of Tibet famous for Tashilunpo Monastery (seat of Panchen Lama
until his death in 1989) is about 540 kms from the border outpost.
In one household I found an original print, a portrait of the Panchen Lama
, from Kwonghwa Studio in Nanking.
S OON AFTER the 10th Panchen Lama
passed away in Shigatse in January 1989, the Dalai Lama started performing pujas in order to locate the genuine reincarnation of the diseased Panchen Lama
, the second most important figure in Tibetan Buddhism.
In 1995, after the Dalai Lama named a boy in Tibet as the reincarnation of the previous Panchen Lama
, the second highest figure in Tibetan Buddhism, China put the child under house arrest and installed another.
State media said on Tuesday that China's Communist Party boss in Tibet has urged the Chinese-appointed Panchen Lama
, the second-highest figure in Tibetan Buddhism, to reject the Dalai Lama.
LHASA (CyHAN)- The 11th Panchen Lama
, Bainqen Erdini Qoigyijabu, has been elected chairman of Tibet Development Fund, a non-governmental, non-profit organization.
China already appointed its pawn to the second-highest position in Tibetan Buddhism, the Panchen Lama
, in 1995, after abducting the Tibetans' 6-year-old appointee, who had just been confirmed by the Dalai Lama.
A practice round has already been conducted, when the Beijing government used the Qing process to name the 11th Panchen Lama
, who ranks highest after the Dalai Lama, in 1995.
The final fifth part of the book, entitled "Expanding Horizons in the Early Twentieth Century," is the briefest, but includes fascinating material by Dorjiev, the thirteenth Dalai Lama, and the ninth Panchen Lama
, and ends with Gendun Chopel's reflections on British India in 1939.
Many Tibetans spurn the Chinese-appointed Panchen Lama
as a fake.