Japan Buddhist Conference slams China for claiming Dalai Lama reincarnation

According to the Central Tibetan Administration, the Secretary General of the Japan Buddhist Conference for World Federation, Mizutani Eikon, has denounced China for interfering in the choice of Tibetan incarnate Lamas and claiming the right to name the 14th Dalai Lama reincarnation.

Mizutani Eikon and Itoh Einin visited the Tibet office in Japan and met with representative Arya Tsewang Gyalpo, which led to the censure.

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Arya Tsewang Gyalpo received the original statement in Japanese from Mizutani Eikan, who also reported that the conference’s participants had been meeting and discussing the matter following the report.

 According to the delegation, China does not adhere to any particular faith. They have, however, started interfering in Tibetan religious concerns and even asserting the right to select the next Dalai Lama.

The Chinese interference was severely attacked by the Central Tibetan Administration, who stated that Buddhists were being completely insulted. The group has determined that the timing is right to release a statement outlining our position and pleading with the Chinese government to allow Tibetans to practise their religion freely and to refrain from meddling in the election of the next Dalai Lama.

According to Mizutani Eikan, Tibetan Buddhism and its spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, are both highly respected in Japan among monks and laypeople. According to the article, he declared that the Japanese people would never accept a Dalai Lama appointed by the CCP’s leadership.

Arya Tsewang Gyalpo praised the delegation’s initiative in raising their concerns and urged China not to meddle in religious affairs in Tibet, according to the Central Tibetan Administration. 

He claimed that the Japan Buddhist Conference’s action would warn the Chinese government that the world was watching and would inspire other religious organizations to issue a statement discouraging Beijing from meddling freely in Tibetan religious affairs.

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Earlier, China criticized the 14th Dalai Lama’s visit to Sri Lanka because Beijing wished to enhance its position in discussing the next Dalai Lama’s reincarnation. According to Tibet Rights Collective (TRC), China also wants the backing of the world’s Buddhist community during the nomination of the next Dalai Lama.

The Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka’s charge d’affaires, Hu Wei, had earlier declared that “the government and people of China, including in the Tibet Autonomous Region, vehemently reject any foreign country to host the Dalai Lama in any name.

Tibetan Rights Collective claims that China has increased its Buddhist outreach to Sri Lanka, which is still a significant Buddhist country and is also a target of Beijing’s debt-trap diplomacy.

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