as of Sept. 24th 2011
There might be a political background to this statement, namely the war of words between the Tibetan Government in Exile and the government of the People‘s Republic of China.
But apart from this, it is a clear statement of the hegemonic entitlement the Dalai Lama and/or the Tibetan Government in Exile claim globally over every buddhist undertaking.
There will be a lot to say about this statement. But for now it suffices to point out that once and for all it is declared by the Dalai Lama who and what is buddhist.
„As long as you are a Buddhist, it is necessary to accept past and future rebirth.“
It is not the „tibetan buddhist“ but „the buddhist“ who has to except the dogma of reincarnation. Clearly everybody who does not subscribe to the dogma of reincarnation is declared hereby heretic. For example secular buddhists are not any longer buddhists. There are many more examples to make clear who is henceforward not a buddhist who thought that he was.
Also, it is not only that His Holiness the Dalai Lama declares The Buddhist Credo, it is also that he proofs once and for all that from the times of the Buddha onward reincarnation has been The Cornerstone.
„The practice of recognizing who is who by identifying someone’s previous life occurred even when Shakyamuni Buddha himself was alive.“
So it is is clear now for everybody to see who is a True Buddhist and it is clear who on earth defines who and what is buddhist.
Up to this point in time neither in the tibetan buddhist „refuge“ nor in the so called „four axioms“ there ever has been mentioned „reincarnation“. Nor has it ever been made clear how, in context of Nagarjuna‘s „Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way“, a personal reincarnation is thinkable – but clearly His Holiness the Dalai Lama declares the latter to be The Truth!
He says: „There are people who can remember their immediate past life or even many past lives […].“
And his Holiness clearly states, to deny reincarnation „is not an honest and impartial way of doing research because it runs counter to […] evidence.“
From this it is clear that The Buddhism of the His Holiness the Dalai Lama has nothing to do with any tolerant, responsible and open form of thinking and investigation.
So for everybody who thought the Dalai Lama might embody an open minded approach to the majestic koan of life, to the paradox of being this is a parting of ways.
Maybe this is one of those sad moments in buddhist history. From the final paragraphs of this statement it is clear that this is about politics. But then this is not the first time that buddhism, and especially tibetan buddhism, is taken hostage by the machinations of the mighty. For everybody who has even little knowledge of the Tibetan history it is clear that it is full of politics which disguise as affairs for the good of sentient beings. This is just one more episode.