Friday, August 03, 2007

there's something about ..... permission

Enough of MTVs. Recently have been very busy and just wanted to torture myself with bad MTVs about chinawine so that I can sleep easy.

Today's post is a very serious post.

In life, there should always be law and order. Be it on the street, in the classroom, in office or at home.

I dunno if any form of institution can go without such rules. It's almost part and parcel of Life. LITERALLY!!!!

But what if law and order goes to a higher order to what happens when you die? Who should make that order? Is it God? Who?

I bet that if you do a google on this question yesterday, Google may come out with an answer like this:

"MORON.. please ask a smarter question."

If you ask that question in Yahoo Answers Yesterday, Yahoo may come out with similar answers.

Wikepedia may come out blank yesterday.

BUT TODAY... someone has the answers. Refer to article below:

BEIJING (AFP) - - Tibetan living Buddhas are no longer allowed to be reincarnated without permission from the atheist Chinese government, state media reported Friday.

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, despite being officially atheist, maintains strict controls over Tibetan Buddhism and all other religions.

Living Buddhas are an important element in Tibetan Buddhism, forming a clergy of influential religious figures who are believed to be continuously reincarnated to take up their positions anew.

Often there is more than one candidate competing to be recognised as the actual reincarnation, and the authority to decide who is the true claimant carries significant power.

This is especially true in the case of the Panchen Lama, the second-most influential figure in Tibetan Buddhism behind the Dalai Lama.

Chinese authorities detained the Dalai Lama's choice as the Panchen Lama in 1995 when the boy was six years old, and he has not been seen in public since.

The Chinese government's choice as the Panchen Lama has meanwhile been paraded around the country in recent years to promote China's rule over his homeland.

China sent troops in to "liberate" Tibet in 1951. The Dalai Lama later fled to India in 1959 after a failed uprising and established a government-in-exile in Dharamsala.

I was speechless.

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