Beyond Belief: Breaking China’s grip on religion in Tibet

Free Tibet Campaign: SAY NO TO CHINA’S DALAI LAMA

CALL ON INTERNATIONAL BODIES TO REJECT CHINA’S INTERFERENCE IN TIBETAN BUDDHISM.

In defiance of the deeply held wishes of the Tibetan people, China’s government plans to appoint its own candidate as the next Dalai Lama. The role has historically been filled by identifying the reincarnation of the previous Dalai Lama after his death. The current 14th Dalai Lama has made clear that no Chinese appointed Dalai Lama will be the legitimate leader of Tibetan Buddhism.

China already punishes Tibetans for practicing their religion as they choose. Its aim is to force a puppet Dalai Lama on Tibetans to neutralise Tibetan Buddhism’s independence and cement its hold on Tibet. It also hopes to undermine worldwide support for the Tibetan cause. Interfering in the selection of the Dalai Lama is a political act, a profound insult to the Tibetan people’s culture, desires and beliefs and a gross abuse of their religious freedom. It is vital that China understands that its plan will fail.

Please sign the petition below and call on governments, religious authorities and organisations across the world to reject China’s plan, support the Tibetan people and ensure that no Chinese-appointed Dalai Lama will be given recognition anywhere in the world.

– See more at: http://www.freetibet.org/petitions/3487?mc_cid=b7081dd46a&mc_eid=dc67d1ed7a#sthash.BMgRavSM.dpuf