Applications for Reincarnation Now Being Taken in Local Government Chapter of Celestial Affairs

There was an interesting story in the past week or so perched atop the newswire regarding recent Chinese legislation that the living Buddha’s of Tibet be required to register prior to reincarnation.  More than one report made the comment that begs to be committed to the page here that, despite the adamantly secular nature of the People’s Republic’s government, they would so baldly dabble in the affairs of religious administration while officially accepting the concept of reincarnation.  Certainly other motivations here exist for doing such a thing, but it is an interesting case of forces of opposition taking on the attributes of one another.