China’s new law aimed at controlling the system of recognizing and giving religious education to Tibetan Buddhist Lamas (Tulkus) will take effect on September 1, 2007. The move is seen by many as the latest attempt by Beijing to consolidate its control over Tibet, and prepare for laying the 'legal' groundwork for selecting the next Dalai Lama. A report released by the US Congressional Executive Commission on China calls the new legal measures as China’s assertion of “ unprecedented control over Tibetan Buddhist reincarnation”.
This week’s Kunleng invites Mr. Lodi Gyari, the Special Envoy of the Dalai Lama to discuss the potential impact of this new law on the ongoing Sino-Tibet talks, and Tibetan religion and society in general.
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