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Dalai Lama says no need to rush his successor issue

His Holiness the Dalai Lama responding to a question during his interview with Rina Yamasawa of NHK in Yokohama, Japan on November 13, 2018. (Photo courtesy: OHHDL/ Tenzin Choejor)
His Holiness the Dalai Lama responding to a question during his interview with Rina Yamasawa of NHK in Yokohama, Japan on November 13, 2018. (Photo courtesy: OHHDL/ Tenzin Choejor)

(TibetanReview.net, Nov14, 2018) – The Dalai Lama has reiterated Nov 13 that there was no urgency to deal with the issue of his reincarnation or successor but that the matter may be put up for discussion at this month-end’s meeting of Tibet’s top religious leaders in Dharamshala, India. The meeting will primarily focus on raising the quality of Buddhist knowledge and practice but the issue of his reincarnation or successor may also be on agenda, the Dalai Lama has said in a conversation with Rina Yamasawa of the NHK in Yokohama, Japan.

It could be that the traditional way of identifying a reincarnation will be followed, but there have also been cases of Lamas nominating an already living person as their successor, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet was cited as having explained.

He has emphasized, however, that the issue was not yet urgent. “Look at my face, is the need to address the question of my reincarnation urgent?” he was stated to have asked lightheartedly, taking off his specs and pointing out that he had done likewise when a similar question was asked to him by a journalist in New York some years ago.

On the issue of allegations of sexual misconduct against some Tibetan Buddhist teachers living in the West, the Dalai Lama has said there was not a great deal he could do to address the issue. If such individuals had disregard for the rules the Buddha had laid down, why would they listen to anything he had to say, the Dalai Lama has said he asked when a group of women met him in Europe recently to complain about some of them.

He has spoken of having suggested that the shame of publicity might be more effective while also advising them to forward their complaints to the upcoming meeting of Tibet’s spiritual leaders in a letter.

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