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Freedom of religious belief guaranteed in Tibet
    Date:11-25-2013 Source:China Tibet Online Author:    

November 25, 2013 -- The "Tibetan government-in-exile" claimed in response to the recent white paper entitled "Development and Progress of Tibet" issued by the Information Office of the State Council released on Oct. 26 that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the government "had long seized all authority and control over Tibetan Buddhist reincarnation under the guise of different regulations on the subject of religious freedom."  As a matter of fact,it is full of obfuscation, which may confuse the public if they do not have a chance to take a closer look at the current situation in Tibet.

In order to prove their claim, the Dalai Lama pointed out that the 2007 "Management Measures for the Reincarnation of Rinpoches in Tibetan Buddhism" issued by the Chinese government fundamentally undermines the practice of Rinpoche identification and determines Rinpoche not on the basis of centuries-old Tibetan religious tradition but the ideological wishes of the CCP.

First let us make one thing clear: the "Tibetan government-in-exile" collects evidence by "relying on the second or third hand information,among which a lot has been lost during the process", according to an interview with Tibetan activist Tsering Tsomo. How could the Dalai clique fool the world continuously without the reliable first-hand information?

Regarding their doubt beyond the reincarnation of Rinpoche, there is full evidence to prove that procedure, a special succession system of Tibetan Buddhism respected by the state. So far, over 40 incarnated Rinpoches have been confirmed through religious rituals and historical conventions. From 1992 on, activities such as the search for and verification of the reincarnated soul boy of the 10th Panchen Lama, the lot drawing from the golden urn and the enthronement ceremony, have fully reflected the Chinese central government’s respect for religion in Tibet. In contrast to the Dalai clique’s fallacy, the reincarnation system and centries-old religious tradition are not only well inherited and developed, but also based on the true wishes of local Tibetans.

Let us see the real situation of religious freedom in Tibet.

The Tibetan monasteries have achieved a leap and bound development under the government’s policy on religious freedom, which could be demonstrated from the following two aspects, including the adoption of religious activities and the Buddhism studies especially the establishment of the High-level Tibetan Buddhism College of China.

Firstly, all the normal religious activities in Tibet are carried out freely and protected by the government according to law. In Tibet today, prayer flags and Mani stones inscribed with Buddhist scriptures, and believers taking part in religious activities can be seen everywhere. Ordinary believers usually have a scripture hall or a Buddha shrine at home, and such religious activities as taking ritual walks while reciting scriptures, Buddha worshipping and inviting lamas or nuns from monasteries to hold religious rites are often held.

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