(TibetanReview.net, Nov13, 2018) – Tibetan Buddhism should adapt to the socialist society, blend with Chinese culture, and be compatible with China’s national conditions, Gyaltsen Norbu, the replacement 11th Panchen Lama appointed by the Chinese government, was cited as saying at the 2018 Tibetan Buddhism Doctrine Interpretation Seminar held at the China Tibetology Research Center, Beijing, on Nov 8.
Gyaltsen Norbu, a member of the Standing Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and a vice-president of the Chinese Buddhist Association, made the remark in his speech at the seminar’s opening ceremony, reported China’s online Tibet news service eng.tibet.cn/eng Nov 12.
He has said that for this purpose, the Tibetan Buddhist community should act on its own initiative, have the courage to undertake its historical mission, adapt to the development trends of modern times, and comply with the developmental (trend) of the country.
Gyaltsen Norbu was, of course, calling for compliance with China’s ongoing national discourse on the sinicization of religion policy with the zeal of an activist.
The report noted that “The Tibetan Buddhism Doctrine Interpretation Seminar” had been held for eight consecutive years since 2011.
The theme of this year’s two-day seminar was stated to be “Tibetan Buddhism and Honest Thought”. A number of guests were stated to be scheduled to give “speeches that integrate their own experience from and feelings of Buddhist practice, theoretical research, and practice at the forefront in the fields of Buddhism”.