(TibetanReview.net, Nov11, 2017) – Nearly 200 people including scholars from Han Buddhist monasteries and scholars from religious research institutions as well as representatives from Buddhist institutes and monasteries in Tibet Autonomous Region and Tibetan-inhabited areas in Qinghai, Gansu, Sichuan and Yunnan Provinces took part in the seventh annual Tibetan Buddhist Doctrine Interpretation Seminar which opened on Nov 6 at the High-level Tibetan Buddhism College of China in Beijing, reported China online Tibet news service eng.tibet.cn Nov 10. China requires Tibetan Buddhism to be interpreted and practiced in such a way as to justify and strengthen its rule in Tibet and to affirm the supremacy of the Communist Party of China’s leadership.
The report said the seminar focused on the theme of interpretations of Tibetan Buddhist doctrine needing to meet the requirements of modern times and social development. It added that more than 80 papers were submitted at the seminar.
Gyaltsen Norbu, the 11th Panchen Lama appointed by China in 1995 to replace the boy recognized by Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, was reported to have said in his speech that Tibetan Buddhist monks should follow Buddhist teachings, carry on the Tibetan Buddhist traditions of patriotism and love of religion, benefit all living creatures, and unswervingly safeguard national and ethnic unity.
He has also recalled his speech that on Jun 10, 2015, Xi Jinping, who is now the General Secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, had pointed out to him during a visit the need to actively engage in the interpretation of Tibetan Buddhist doctrine, carrying forward the positive spirits in Tibetan Buddhism, such as propagating the good and repress the bad, equality and tolerance, and helping the poor and people in need.