Now free of China, these lamas can say anything they want, like how China slaughtered most of them and burned down hundreds of monasteries, et al. In order to prevent this, the Chinese want to ensure that any new recognized incarnations are in their country, under their control (like their fake Panchen Lama), and not stir up any Tibetan uprisings.
On August 3, 2007, China's State Administration for Religious Affairs issued a decree that all the reincarnations of tulkus of Tibetan Buddhism must get government approval, otherwise they are "illegal or invalid". The decree states, "It is an important move to institutionalize management on reincarnation of living Buddhas. The selection of reincarnates must preserve national unity and solidarity of all ethnic groups and the selection process cannot be influenced by any group or individual from outside the country."
Yeah, so, you get it.
Other Buddhist traditions (Zen, Theravada, Pure Land, etc.) rely only on accomplishment and worthiness to elevate people to revered teacher. The Tibetans were utterly isolated until 1949, but now, seeing that system, are coming to realize that it’s a much, much better idea.
just informative texts without ego motivation are a much lighter read. I have learned a lot :)
out of the millions movies made, for something to be awful they really must be terribly unimaginably bad. A movie isnt awful because you find it boring or dont like the plot etc
but rumours are that even in that small territory there are internal struggles. One part want to call it futonia and the other couchia