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katty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 03:08 PM
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The Dalai Lama’s ‘Deception’: Why a Seventeenth-Century Decree Matters
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The Dalai Lama’s ‘Deception’: Why a Seventeenth-Century Decree Matters to Beijing
Robert Barnett

Courtesy of Himalayan Art Resources

Ngawang Lobsang Gyatso, the Fifth Dalai Lama (1617–1682)
The Dalai Lama’s recent announcement of his planned retirement was not well received by China’s Foreign Ministry, whose spokeswoman described it as an attempt “to deceive the international community.” Many assumed this to be a reference to the fact that even after the Tibetan leader gives up his official position within the exile Tibetan administration, he will continue to travel, give speeches, and be a symbolic leader to Tibetans, a source of considerable frustration for Beijing. But Chinese officials also appear to be worried about something rather more obscure: a little-known seventeenth-century precedent in which the retirement of a Dalai Lama concealed a convoluted plot to prevent China from choosing his successor.

For this is not the first time that the Dalai Lama of Tibet has issued a decree announcing that a younger, largely unknown man is to take over as the political leader of the Tibetan people. It happened before—in 1679. To explain why this detail of history matters to the Chinese government requires a little background.

Until the Chinese army took over his country in 1950, leading him to flee into exile nine years later, the current Dalai Lama, who is the fourteenth of his line, held political authority over Tibet. Historically, Dalai Lamas were not always recognized as having that power: the first four Dalai Lamas only had spiritual status as leading Buddhist teachers of their time.
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mitchtv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 03:29 PM
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1. K&R
n/t :bounce:
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WheelWalker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 03:32 PM
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2. The Immaculate Deception? Well, if you're not a little paranoid, you're crazy.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 03:35 PM
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3. free tibet and it won't be a problem china. nt
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Wait Wut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 04:23 PM
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4. I believe this was his response to their new "law"...
...stating that the Chinese government has to approve all reincarnations. NO!!! I cannot provide a link. I swear I'm going to make that my sig. Stupid work computer is stupid and doesn't like me searching for stuff.

Anyone that would like to help me out with a link would be awesome in my eyes.

Anyway, I think the Chinese government keeps forgetting that our Dalai Lama is not only wise but friggin' smart as hell.
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katty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 05:44 PM
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5. yes i read that a few weeks ago
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Sentath Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 09:22 AM
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6. something like this?
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Wait Wut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-08-11 11:33 AM
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7. Thank you!
The Times article was from 2007. I had only heard about it recently. Sounds like a law our teaper politicians would come up with.
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