And the man China selected as its Panchen Lama, the second most important figure in Tibetan Buddhism, has been at the forefront of that campaign. Although he is only 19, the Panchen Lama has already stepped onto the public stage to praise the Chinese Communist Party.
Tibet expert Professor Robert Barnett, of New York’s Columbia University, says this is part of China’s efforts to undermine the appeal of the Dalai Lama, the spiritual head of Tibetan Buddhism. More:
At the age of five, he won the approval from the central government of China as the reincarnation of the 10th Panchen Lama after a lot drawing ceremony among three candidates in the Jokhang Temple in Tibet’s capital city of Lhasa in 1995.
The boy, with the secular name Gyaincain Norbu, left his family at Lhari county, Nagqu prefecture in northern Tibet, since then.
The reincarnation of the Panchen Lama, together with that of the Dalai Lama, top the reincarnation system of living Budd has in Tibet which distinguishes Tibetan Buddhism from other religions or other schools of Buddhism.
Both the first Panchen Lama and first Dalai Lama, living between the 14th and 15th century, were students of the Guru Tson-Khapa, founder of the Gelug Sect of Tibetan Buddhism. More: