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China Bans Reincarnation of Tibetan Lamas

August 4, 2007
Beijing, China
The Times of London reports that the China has issued a new ban designed to prevent Tibetans from recognizing reincarnations of the living Buddha without the approval of the Chinese government. The edict, which will enter into force on September 1st, states that the “so-called reincarnated living Buddha” is “illegal and invalid” without the approval of the government, and is one item of a fourteen-part document issued by China’s State Administration for Religious Affairs. The order is the latest step by China to limit the authority of reincarnate lamas, or tulkus, who have the power to influence large religious communities in Tibet.