Archive for December 14th, 2010

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Dalai Lama: “Devoted to other Fields”

Officially, the 14th Dalai Lama has transferred most of his political powers to Samdhong Rinpoche, Tibet’s prime minister in-exile, some time earlier, Saransh Sehgal*) wrote in a report for the Asia Sentinel on Monday. It seemed that he now wanted to transfer his ceremonial functions to someone else, too. A successor chould be democratically elected, Sehgal quoted from earlier statements.

Joint Secretary at the Dalai Lama’s private office, Tenzin Taklha, is quoted as saying that while the Dalai Lama plans to withdraw from his ceremonial role, he could not renounce his spiritual duties.

The exiled parliament may yet refuse to let the Dalai Lama quit, writes Sehgal.

Either way, these steps back from the helm probably won’t change a lot yet. They could however encourage Tibetans in exile – and in Tibet itself – to prepare for the moment when the final curtain falls for the Dalai Lama who turned 75 this summer. Little appears to be set.

Chinese leaders were worried that the next incarnation of the Dalai Lama could take place outside China and far from its control, the India Times wrote in January this year.


*) Sehgal lives in Dharamsala. He writes about Tibet, travels, and culture in India


Schedule,, 2010 – 2011
Exiled Tibetans mull new political ruler, Asia Times, Nov 25, 2010
“I’m more Indian since I was born here”, The Diplomat, Nov 10, 2009

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