Tibetan people to decide on successor of the 14th Dalai Lama: Japanese Buddhist Conference

The Japanese Buddhist Conference for World Federation asked China to back off from interfering in the succession process of the next Dalai Lama

Tibetan people to decide on successor of the 14th Dalai Lama: Japanese Buddhist Conference
Tibetan people to decide on successor of the 14th Dalai Lama: Japanese Buddhist Conference

Tokyo, Japan: The Japanese Buddhist Conference for World Federation asked China to back off from interfering in the succession process of the next Dalai Lama. They have cleared their position to decide on the successor of the 14th Dalai Lama on the basis of Tibetan culture and history and not China.

It stated that the Tibetan people have the right to decide the successor of the 14th Dalai Lama. The Japan Buddhist Conference for World Federation is known as an umbrella organisation. It brings together a number of sects of Japanese Buddhism, with millions of followers in Japan and other countries, and the letter has strongly voiced objections over China’s constant interference in Tibet’s religious and spiritual matters.

Eihiro Mizutani, the Secretary General of the Japan Buddhist Conference for World Federation, asserted that the 14th Dalai Lama turned 87 years on July 6, 2022. People across the globe get curious to know the future successor, and the issue of his future successor is gradually gaining attention all over the world. 

He added that the monks of Japan believe that Tibetan people have the right to decide their next successor as their decision will be based on their Tibetan Buddhist culture and history. 

The Tibet Autonomous Region- PRC is known as the organisation to working out a policy which would choose the Dalai Lama’s successor under the Chinese government’s leadership.

‘Tibetan people must decide’

  • The Japanese Buddhist Conference for World Federation asserted that Tibetan people must decide Dalai Lama’s successor
  • In response to PM Modi’s birthday wish to the Dalai Lama, there was a voice of opposition by the Chinese, it said
  • After the Chinese invasion and Dalai Lama’s exile to India, Japanese government continued to assist the Tibetan government-in-exile

The relationship between Japan, India and the Tibetans is intertwined with Buddhism, which is one of the major world religions in Asia with a rich history.