Monday, February 28, 2011

Air Traffic Controllers of the Human Soul


By barring any Buddhist monk living outside China from seeking reincarnation, the law effectively gives Chinese authorities the power to choose the next Dalai Lama, whose soul, by tradition, is reborn as a new human to continue the work of relieving suffering.

At 72, the Dalai Lama, who has lived in India since 1959, is beginning to plan his succession, saying that he refuses to be reborn in Tibet so long as it's under Chinese control. Assuming he's able to master the feat of controlling his rebirth, as Dalai Lamas supposedly have for the last 600 years, the situation is shaping up in which there could be two Dalai Lamas: one picked by the Chinese government, the other by Buddhist monks.

Obviously I know there's political subtext to all this. But still, passing a law to prevent reincarnation? Choosing where you will be reborn as an act of political protest? Sometimes I just have to marvel at the fact that, you know, when you scratch the surface, human beings are really fucking insane underneath.

2 comments:

Shanna said...

Baffle 'em with bullshit.

I mean, really, who's going to accept a government-designated holy man? I smell a state-backed jihad coming.... They're just laying the groundwork.

That's what's insane; that you could plan an extermination that far in advance

noel said...

They already had the jihad; now it's about mind control. They need a Buddhist leader who will tell Tibetans that they are Chinese. The thing that's insane is, what possible reason could they have for caring? Tibet is one of the poorest countries on earth and of no strategic importance in any way.