In a statement adopted unanimously last month, the European Buddhist Union (EBU) has called on the Chinese government not to interfere in Tibetan Buddhist affairs – including in particular in the recognition of reincarnation of high lamas such as the Dalai Lama.
The statement, adopted on 24 September during the EBU’s Annual General meeting in Brussels, recognizes that the selection of reincarnation of Tibetan Lamas, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, is the prerogative of the Tibetan people and the Dalai Lama’s Office. It also calls on the international community not to recognize any lama appointed by the Chinese government.
In addition, Beijing should refrain from “dismantling Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and Buddhist statues,” and “resume negotiations with the Dalai Lama to find peaceful solutions that serve the common interests of both the Tibetan and Chinese people.”
Founded in 1975, the EBU is an umbrella association of Buddhist organizations and national Buddhist unions in Europe. It currently has around 50 member organizations from 16 countries. According to its statutes, the organization is open to Buddhists of all schools and traditions.
The EBU’s clear position regarding the situation of Tibetan Buddhism reflects the association’s concerns for the religious freedom of Tibetan Buddhists, especially inside Tibet.