FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2011 file photo, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama gestures as he addresses the Mumbai University students in Mumbai, India. The Dalai Lama said Thursday, March 10, 2011, that he will give up his political role in Tibet's government-in-exile, shifting that power to an elected representative. The Tibetan spiritual leader, speaking on the anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan uprising against Chinese control, said the time has come

(AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, File)

Here’s a wild story in the Washington Post. Today is the Dalai Lama’s 8oth birthday. But if his troubles with China get any worse he may be the last of the Dalai Lamas. Here’s the interesting part of the article:

“With the Dalai Lama turning 80, a contest is already developing over his succession. In Tibetan Buddhism, reincarnation is a fundamental tenet, and only the Dalai Lama has the authority to choose whether and through whom he will reincarnate. Yet Beijing has already approved guidelines giving the communist government control of the process. This contest takes place against the background of Chinese authorities having kidnapped in 1995 the 6-year-old boy identified by the Dalai Lama as the incarnation of the Panchen Lama, the second most important figure in Tibetan Buddhism, and replaced him with another boy.

The fact that the Chinese-imposed Panchen Lama continues to be categorically rejected by Tibetans should indicate how inflammatory it would be if Beijing tried to impose its choice for the next Dalai Lama. But that’s exactly what it intends to do, except that the Dalai Lama has hinted that he might not reincarnate at all.”

So the Dalai Lama is telling the Chinese, you want to mess around with me and my line of succession? I’ll show you. I won’t reincarnate at all.

There’s no comment that could possibly be made on this story. Way too metaphysical. Except to say it’s a pretty sorry world when the day has come when even the Dalai Lama refuses to reincarnate back into it. Have a nice day.