Monday, 17 March 2008

Where is Tibet's second spiritual leader?

Some years ago Tibet's second most important spiritual leader, the Panchen Lama, was chosen by the traditional Tibetan process, supervised by the Dalai Lama, The chosen boy, whose name was Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, has not been seen since his detention by the Chinese authorities in 1995. He must now be over 18. Where is he? Can the BBC talk to him? If not, why not?

2 comments:

Chris K said...

"Has not been seen" is not quite right. There was a BBC documentary about everyday life in Tibet a few weeks ago which I happened to watch, and the Panchen Lama made an appearance, doing a tour of monasteries.

What relevance if any this has for current events I don't know, but the Lama hasn't vanished from the face of the world.

Jo Hayes said...

That will have been the one that the Chinese authorities nominated, presumably as part of their general control freakery. What I want to know is: where is the real one, that the Tibetans themselves chose?