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Will wrote:Nothing definite, but here are the search results of the Kundun's site:
conebeckham wrote:I don't think he said he'd be the last Dalai Lama...I think he said he would be the last one born in Tibet, though.....maybe?
Would be good to have sources, instead of suppositions, though...
Yeshe wrote:P.S. I don't have the answers! LOL
Tilopa wrote:Why is there a need for a Tibetan Government in Exile, when it is based in India and under Indian government rule anyway?
To help address the political, social, educational, religious and cultural needs of a refugee population in excess of 100,000 and to provide the Tibetans who remain under Chinese occupation some hope that one day their dark and brutal oppression will come to an end.
As we have heads of the various schools, why is there a need for a Dalai Lama for spiritual functions?
A figurehead such as HHDL or HH Karmapa (who looks set to succeed him in that role) can be a powerful symbol for a culture in danger of extinction. Every group needs a leader to provide focus and direction and would Tibetan buddhism be so widely respected and practiced around the world if the Dalai Lama was purely a political functionary?
What role would a future Dalai Lama have - what is it that a successor would actually inherit and what would they do?
Good question and I suppose it's why HH says there will be another DL only if he is needed. Dependent arising and all that. My guess is that if HH feels he can contribute to the preservation of the Tibetan culture he will incarnate in the role again.
Where should a successor be based? India? Tibet?
Many years ago HH said he would reincarnate in the refugee community in India and not in China. This was officially announced in Dharamsala and the Tibetan newspapers not long after the Chinese kidnapped and 'disappeared' the Panchen Lama. If Tibet gets the autonomy they hope for presumably he would move back to Lhasa.
How and where and when should the selection be made?
Best left up to the religious and political authorities to work this one out. They've had a lot of practice.
Should candidates be monks or should it be open to 'white sangha' (ngakpa) lamas and female practitioners?
Very interesting question. Candidates are usually young children who have not yet been inducted into any monastic or religious system so in theory they could be anyone from any tradition. HH already said that in the future he could be reborn as a female if it was more beneficial so why not a Nagpa although given the relationship with the Gelug tradition it's more likely he or she would be ordained in that tradition.
I think it's important to distinguish between the Dalai Lama as an emanation of Chenrezig who will always manifest in the world of sentient beings in some form or other and the Dalai Lama as an institution which is something that may have been relevant to the religious and cultural identity of Tibet in the past but which may not be important in the future.
heart wrote:Yeshe wrote:heart wrote:
I don't feel very happy about him being a moderator based on what I know about his opinions. I have no problem with him posting here.
Dear Yeshe I am not trolling you, I think you know that. I would be very happy to hear that you changed your heart about this.
You are not trolling me.
What opinions have I expressed here on DW which give you concern?
My beliefs do not in any way conflict with applying ToS. If they did so, I would not have offered to act as a Mod.
Oh, I thought that your first post in this thread was a bit on the edge. Maybe I am oversensitive.
conebeckham wrote:Agreed. I hope the Tibetan Community in exile can successfully transition to a true democratic process. HH Gyalwa Karmapa has made it clear that he is not interested in a politcal role, and I think HHDl's recent position statements clearly indicate that, even if there is a 15th DL, he will likely not be primarily a political figure.