China has no theological basis to pick the next Dalai Lama, says a top US diplomat

Asserting that Buddhists have successfully picked their spiritual leader for hundreds of years, a top US diplomat said that China has no theological basis to pick the next Dalai Lama.

Recalling his visit to India in October, Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Samuel D Brownback said, “I travelled to Dharamshala, India to speak to the Tibetan community that were assembled there in exile and to tell them that the US is opposed to China picking the next Dalai Lama.”

“They have no right to do that. They have no theological basis to do that. The Tibetan Buddhists have successfully picked their leader for hundreds of years, if not longer, and they have the right to do that now,” he further added.

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