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BEIJING: From next month, Tibetan living Buddhas will have to apply forreincarnation to the Chinese Government.
The new rules are "an important move to institutionalise the management of reincarnation of living Buddhas," the Xinhua news agency said.
According to the regulations, which take effect on September 1, all reincarnation applications must be submitted to religious affairs officials for approval, Xinhua said.
China is ruled by the Communist Party, which is officially atheist and maintains strict controls over Tibetan Buddhism and all other religions.
Originally posted by seagull
Reincarnation licence? Too funny.
Originally posted by Edn
Why only Buddhas? considering the general consensus is anyone who's not reached Buddhahood will be reincarnated, should everyone regardless of faith therefor be required to register.
Does this signal the beginning of the end for Buddhism?
And considering that I have not yet reached Buddhahood would I then as a westerner be eligible to apply?
Couldn't we all apply?
The Chinese government is, opposed to Buddhist tradition, implying that the Buddha will reincarnate from a random "body".
As such we should all rightfully apply, that would give work to some thousands of Chinese bureaucrats?