The report notes:
Brahma Chellaney, an Indian expert on Tibetan issues, says that's a situation the Dalai Lama is trying to avert.
"If the same situation were to happen after the present Dalai Lama were to pass away, then we will have two dueling Dalai Lama," says Chellaney, a professor at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi.
Chellaney thinks Tenzin Gyatso is trying to make the institution of the Dalai Lama less of a target by separating the political powers from the spiritual leadership while he's still alive.
"I think it's a smart move because once he passes away," Chellaney says, "there will be great opportunity for the Chinese to take advantage of the situation and impose their own impostor Dalai Lama on the world."
While I was listening to the story on the radio this evening (and I recommend it, it's a strong report), I thought about how the dominant faith in any region shapes group beliefs and the government itself. For example, would we have the death penalty in this country if the majority had believed in reincarnation?
I don't know.
And does this belief allow the Chinese government to impose the 1 child law? Does reincarnation help with that?
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"