August 24th, 2007

Big Brother is Watching You

totalitarianism gets bizarre

China Regulates Buddhist Reincarnation
by Matthew Philips
Aug. 20-27, 2007 issue of Newsweek

In one of history's more absurd acts of totalitarianism, China has banned Buddhist monks in Tibet from reincarnating without government permission.Collapse )____
Just... wow. Either Chinese government is more beaurocratic than imaginable or they are evil and shrewd. You can't have two Dalai Lamas, right? So this could destroy the notion of the reborn Dalai Lama if they impose a reincarnated version different than the one chosen by the current Dalai Lama.