Reincarnation of “Living Buddhas” in Modern Chinese Legislation

This year marks the 60th anniversary of Tibetan uprising. On March 10, 1959, a revolt erupted in Tibet’s capital Lhasa, which finally resulted in the flight of the 14th and current Dalai Lama. In the northern Indian town of Dharamshala, the Dalai Lama, the most important spiritual leader for many Tibetan Buddhists, established a Tibetan…

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The Panchen Lama’s 70,000 Character Petition of 1962

Panchen Lama with monks in Tibet, date unknown

“… a poisoned arrow shot at the Party by reactionary feudal overloads.” – Mao Zedong’s reported comment on the Petition The 10th Panchen Lama’s most memorable achievement is the 70,000 Character Petition [B4], a document addressing the brutal suppression of the Tibetan people during and after the 1950 Chinese invasion of Tibet. It remains the “most…

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Video: Dalai Lama And Panchen Lama’s Trip To China Meeting Mao

Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and Mao in Beijing, 1954

Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama’s trip to China meeting Mao: The Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama came to Beijing to attend the 1st session of the 1st National People’s Congress in 1954. This post’s image is now in the public domain in China because its term of copyright has expired. According to copyright laws of…

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The Last Dalai Lama?

Dharamsala, India - June 6, 2017: His Holiness the 14 Dalai Lama

Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has said he realizes that he may be the last to hold the title. But he told the BBC it would be better than the centuries-old tradition ceased “at the time of a popular Dalai Lama”. (Source: This post is still in preparation. For the time being, see…

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Chinese Communist Party Waiting For The Dalai Lama To Die

Gyaltsen Norbu is 11th Panchen Lama of Tibetan Buddhism as recognized by the government of the People's Republic of China.

China prepares for Dalai Lama’s death by looking to its own top Tibetan cleric The Washington Post – Asia & Pacific – September 26, 2016 (Excerpt) LHASA, China — In the contest for Tibetan hearts and minds, a 26-year-old Buddhist monk is emerging into the spotlight. He is the Chinese-appointed Panchen Lama, and he is…

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The Selection of the 11th Panchen Lama

Shigatse (Xigatse) Dzong, Tibet

We’re praying for his rapid reincarnation, but we don’t know when or where we’ll find the boy. – Barsan, a senior lama at the Tashilhunpo Monastery in 1990 The majority of records written after the events in 1995, namely the selection of the 11th Panchen Lama, focus on the unresolved problem of two Panchen Lama,…

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Records of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima

The 11th Panchen Lama Gedhun Choekyi Nyima

A political prisoner is someone who is out fighting for his or her people’s rights and freedom and is imprisoned for that alone. – Leonard Peltier To say it upfront, the whereabouts of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima is unknown. The interpretation of the available records (which must be taken with a considerable grain of salt) can lead…

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Appendix M – Misc. References

The following represents a number of documents related to the Panchen Lama Controversy that are available as downloads from the Internet. As it is in the nature of the Internet, some of these resources may not be available anymore. In such case, and you are interested in a copy, please feel free to contact the…

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