The Golden Urn: Buddhist Lamas and Chinese State Control

March 3, 2017 By M.A. Aldrich, The Diplomat

In November 2016, the Dalai Lama went on a pastoral visit to the Buddhist community in Mongolia. While in Ulaanbaatar, His Holiness announced the recent rebirth of the Bogd Jebtsundampa or the Buddhist patriarch of Mongolia. His statement confirmed the revival of a lineage of reincarnated lamas (or tulkus) previously thought to have died out in the early 20th century.

The trip provoked a furious response from China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs about Mongolia disrespecting China’s core values. However, Beijing left unmentioned its frustrations over the assertion of the Dalai Lama’s authority for the recognition of an important incarnate lama. [Source]

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