BEIJING A senior Chinese government official said fake living Buddhas were using donations to assistance pro-independence activities in Tibet and referred to as on local authorities to take action against them, according to state media.
Neighborhood governments in Tibet must cooperate with their counterparts in eastern and central China and “take joint action to include the phenomenon of fake living Buddhas”, Zhu Weiqun, chairman of the ethnic and religious affairs committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, told state tv on Saturday.
The government is developing a database of legal living Buddhas, and may ultimately make it public, the on-line edition of the official China Youth Everyday on Sunday quoted Zhu as saying.
Tibetan Buddhism holds that the soul of a senior lama, or monk, is reincarnated in the physique of a youngster who would then grow up to grow to be a so-called living Buddha.
As of 2007, there have been more than 100 living Buddhas in Tibet, according to the official China Daily.
The Chinese government has stated it need to approve the subsequent Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet.
The Dalai Lama fled to India in 1959 right after an abortive uprising against Chinese rule. He has stated the title of Dalai Lama could finish when he dies.
The search for a living Buddha such as the Dalai Lama is complex, involving divination, interpreting dreams, oracles and prayer, according to Tibetan Buddhist tradition.
On state television on Saturday, Zhu produced no mention of Baima Aose, a self-proclaimed living Buddha in Hong Kong who came under fire from practitioners right after he ordained Chinese actor Zhang Tielin as a living Buddha as an alternative of by means of the traditional search method.
China’s official Tibet site mentioned a Tibetan monastery has named Baima Aose a “fake”.
Fake living Buddhas swindle income from practitioners in eastern and central China and trick women into possessing sex with them, Zhu said, adding that they then return to Tibet and engage in illegal “splittist activities”.
The Dalai Lama has denied Chinese charges he wants Tibetan independence or that he promotes violence, saying he only desires genuine autonomy for his homeland.
(Reporting by Meng Meng and Benjamin Kang Lim Editing by Ryan Woo)