Here's the deal: the Chinese government is insisting that they should have a say in the choosing
of a successor to the 76-year-old Dalai Lama
when he shuffles off this earthly coil. Not only is that a bit premature and macabre to be bringing up, given the Dalai Lamai is still alive and could be around for many more years, but it is also nonsensical.
China shows interests in Dalai Lama
Naturally it makes no sense because they do not believe. The Chinese government is an atheist, non-believing entity. Which is fine but you don't have to have watched Martin Scorsese's Kundun to know that after a reigning Dalai Lama dies the next is chosen by visiting very young children and selecting a successor.
That successor is considered to be a spiritual leader who is reincarnated in order to return to the Earth and enlighten us about God and how to live a good and spiritual life. All of this, in a manner of speaking, is a form of blasphemy to the Chinese government and, in a talk with the Globe and Mail newspaper
in Canada earlier this week, the Dalai Lama pointed all of that out with his characteristic humor.
"It's quite strange,non-believers, totally...atheists, showing interest about reincarnation," the Dalai Lama said about China tagging along during the selection process. "I jokingly tell them: In order to be involved in my reincarnation, firstly, they should accept Buddhism. Or religion. Then they should recognize Chairman Mao Zedong’s reincarnation. Deng Xiaopeng’s reincarnation. Then, they have reason to show some interest about the Dalai Lama’s reincarnation. Otherwise, nonsense!”
China seeks power over Tibet
Hard to argue with the Dalai Lama and hard to imagine officials from the Chinese government standing off to the side while the child that may be the next Dalai Lama is being asked spiritual questions, then butting in with "And what do you think of the People's Republic of China?"
It's clear that, with China's ongoing attempts to smother Tibet's spirit, the desire for a say in a successor to the Dalai Lama doesn't have anything to do with the Dalai Lama as a historical entity, nor as a person who symbolizes peace and spiritual living. China should admit it's all about power.
And while they're at it they should also admit the Dalai Lama is smarter than they are.