I am, literally, dumbfounded

China tells living Buddhas to obtain permission before they reincarnate

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’s 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.

from: www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/article2194682.ece

China’s State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA) says it will approve all reincarnations to determine if they are illegal or invalid.

“It is an important move to institutionalize management on reincarnation living Buddhas,” says SARA.

from: www.panasianbiz.com/2007/08/reincarnation_of_living_buddha.html

Ratcheting up its control over Tibetan Buddhism, China on Friday asserted the sole right to recognize living Buddhas, reincarnations of famous lamas that form the backbone of the religion’s clergy.

All future incarnations of living Buddhas related to Tibetan Buddhism “must get government approval,” the official Xinhua News Agency said, citing the State Administration for Religious Affairs.

from: http://goldsea.com/Asiagate/708/03buddhas.html

Yes folks, thats right. The Communist Chinese regime has banned reincarnation by Buddhas and bodhisattvas without permission from the government.

No further comment on my part.

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