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1/18/16 7:18 AM as a reply to CJMacie.
 "This living Buddha database and the whole policy toward reincarnation is clearly a pre-emptive move by the government to control what happens after this Dalai Lama," Amnesty International's Nicholas Bequelin told Time magazine in December 2015, when the list was first announced. It's also seen as a means of confirming state choices for other religious appointments.




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1/18/16 7:20 AM as a reply to CJMacie.
hey chris,
that's amusing on a number of obvious levels but first:  how are they defining a 'buddha'?  is there an official communist party legal framework and proofing apparatchic who oversees the procedures and processes?

not to imply that the tibetans' brands of buddhism aren't political and power driven but the chinese government throwing its oar in the water is beyond rational commentary.

tom

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1/18/16 7:39 AM as a reply to tom moylan.
how are they defining a 'buddha'?

"Buddha" = compliant with and supportive of the Chinese government.

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1/18/16 10:14 AM as a reply to Chris Marti.
 ha ha ha.  truly.

...and a ful understanding of the five noble truths.  all the ones we know plus party approval required for full enlightenment.