The communist Chinese authorities ought to have already no function in selecting the following Dalai Lama, US lawmakers are anticipated to affirm Monday — in, of all locations, the 5,593-page coronavirus aid invoice.
Buried among the many pandemic restoration provisions of the huge, roughly $900 billion laws — anticipated to move late Monday — is an affirmation of Congress’ proposed stance on the hot-button spiritual and political problem.
“It is the policy of the United States that decisions regarding the selection, education, and veneration of Tibetan Buddhist religious leaders are exclusively spiritual matters that should be made by the appropriate religious authorities within the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and in the context of the will of practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism,” the passage reads partially.
It goes on to state that “the wishes of the 14th Dalai Lama, including any written instructions, should play a key role in the selection, education, and veneration of a future 15th Dalai Lama.”
The Gelug college of Tibetan Buddhism holds that its highest religious chief, the Dalai Lama, is repeatedly reincarnated, with a brand new Dalai Lama acknowledged following the demise of the one prior.
The present and 14th Dalai Lama, 85-year-old Tenzin Gyatso, has lived in exile in India because the Fifties.
The Chinese Communist Party tightly regulates the follow of faith, forbidding unapproved faiths, and exerting affect over those who it does allow.
China in 2011 warned the 14th Dalai Lama that he’s to not have already any function in naming a successor, and has claimed the authority to approve the fifteenth Dalai Lama.
The language within the coronavirus aid invoice warns that “interference by the Government of the People’s Republic of China or any other government in the process of recognizing a successor or reincarnation of the 14th Dalai Lama and any future Dalai Lamas would represent a clear abuse of the right to religious freedom of Tibetan Buddhists and the Tibetan people.”
The passage goes on to put out provisions for “holding Chinese officers accountable for spiritual freedom abuses focusing on Tibetan Buddhists.
“It is the policy of the United States to take all appropriate measures to hold accountable senior officials of the Government of the People’s Republic of China or the Chinese Communist Party who directly interfere with the identification and installation of the future 15th Dalai Lama of Tibetan Buddhism, successor to the 14th Dalai Lama,” it states.
Specified choices embody issuing sanctions and barring these officers from coming into the US.