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The Dalai Lama mentioned that his successor may be found either in Mongolia or Northern Himalaya. Dr. Lobsang Sangay has also mentioned in May that the Dalai Lama may pick his successor during his lifetime.

*Process to select the 15th Dalai Lama to begin in next one or two years: Dalai Lama*

Addressing the annual Rajendra Mathur memorial lecture organised by the Editor’s Guild of India on August 9, the Dalai Lama said the ‘preparation work’ to select his successor, the 15th Dalai Lama, will begin in as early as ‘one or two years’.

By Sandeep Unnithan  | Posted by Ankit Misra

Writing in a July 1955 issue of National Geographic magazine, Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer recounted how his confidante the 14th Dalai Lama was chosen.

Harrer, who escaped from a prison camp in India and spent a noteworthy ‘Seven Years in Tibet’ as his autobiography was called, described the 14th Dalai Lama’s recognition. A search party that journeyed to the China’s Qinghai province in 1937 to search for the 13th Dalai Lama’s reincarnation stopped at a small house where a precocious two-year-old boy sprang up and ran out to meet them, identifying a disguised priest and choosing the ‘Great Thirteenth’s’ favourite drum and walking cane. The monks found marks on the child’s body – prominent ears and moles on the upper part of his trunk – which appeared to confirm he was the reincarnation.
Now, 80 years after that astonishing event, the Dalai Lama believes the time has come for him to choose his successor. Addressing the annual Rajendra Mathur memorial lecture organised by the Editor’s Guild of India on August 9, the Dalai Lama, said some of the ‘preparation work’ to select his successor, the 15th Dalai Lama, will begin in as early as ‘one or two years’.

“Some of the preparation for the future of the Dalai Lama institution will begin in the next one or two years,” the Dalai Lama said indicating that his successor might be found either in Mongolia or in the Northern Himalayas (India).

The Dalai Lama’s significant comments on his succession were overshadowed by his statement on the Doklam standoff where he invoked the spirit of ‘Hindi-Chini bhai bhai’. These comments, however, are unlikely to go unnoticed in Beijing because it marks a significant departure from what the Dalai Lama said on September 24, 2011. The process to choose his successor, he said in a statement, would begin only after he turned 90, in the year 2025 when he would consult Tibetan Buddhist high Lamas on the need for continuing the institution of the Dalai Lama.


If the institution’s utility was felt, it would be the responsibility of the Dalai Lama’s Gaden Phodrang Trust to choose his successor. The trust would consult with the various heads of the Tibetan Buddhist traditions to select the 15th Dalai Lama.

Scholars point out two significant aspects of his August 9 statement – the Dalai Lama has already decided on the need to continue the institution and the deadlines for choosing a successor have been advanced. “He feels the twin pressures of his advancing years and of the Chinese,” says Tibetologist Claude Arpi.

Some hints of a change of thinking among the Tibetan community came in a recent statement by Lobsang Sangay, the President of the Tibetan government-in-exile. Speaking at the Indo-Tibet foundation in New Delhi on May 17, Sangay said that the Dalai Lama would pick his successor in his lifetime. “He (the Dalai Lama) says that he will decide at the age of 90, but I think it should happen sooner and I think it is likely to happen.”

While the Dalai Lama did not specify the nature of the ceremonies that will begin in the next two years, scholars say it is likely to be prayers and tantric rituals in Buddhist monasteries asking for his reincarnation. There’s one other significant departure – the 15th Dalai Lama, unlike the 14 preceding ones, would be chosen while his predecessor was still alive.

The Dalai Lama’s recent statements assume significance in the light of China’s growing intransigence and its outright rejection of limited autonomy for Tibet. Beijing has, in recent years, called the Dalai Lama a ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’ and lodged a strong protest over his visit to Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang monastery in April this year.

The Dalai Lama’s 2011 statement ended with a warning aimed at preventing China from foisting a successor on the Tibetan people as it did with the Panchen Lama in 1995. ‘Bear in mind, apart from the reincarnation recognised through such legitimate methods, no recognition or acceptance should be given to a candidate chosen for political ends by anyone, including those in the People’s Republic of China.’ A fact reiterated in his August 9 statement where he indicated his successor would be chosen either in India or in Mongolia.


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This is BIG news. But whatever it is during the time when there is GAP.... that is the time I believe there will be BIG changes.

The fact that HHDL is choosing a successor means he will return but by the time he returns... many things can change... like eh hmmm the CTA will no longer have their charming spokesperson to woo the world media to get more money! So they may seize t to exist and this will be the end of the ban on Dorje Shugden, and the practice can then spread like wild fire all over the world.  All the high Lamas of DOrje Shudgen will explode, HH. Trijang Rinpohce, HH Pabongka Rinpoche wow... imagine, they can then travel freely to India and teach and again revive the pure Gaden lineage!

Maybe the Dalai Lama's office may come under China. Who knows. So in the end China may still control HHDL? By the time DL is chosen and announced and grow up, many things can happen. Things are already changing as we speak!

One thing for sure, no one is going to bother about CTA anymore and they will be redundant. It marks the end of their administration. I guess we will have to watch and see as the protector has predicted that things will change based on politics.

HHDL will continue and no longer involves in politics (CTA/ Tibetan in exile government may be gone before HHDL reincarnates) since he is not appointing a successor who will fulfill a role of leading the Tibetan people in the political sense?