Tibet is the only country in the world where both spiritual and temporal power is passed on not through a democratic process or nomination or even hereditary succession... but through the unique method of reincarnation. ( It was only in the month of April 2011 that the Dalai Lama retired from his temporal position). This feature documentary will examine the implications on Tibetan Buddhism and Tibet after the death of the current Dalai Lama.
It is not inconceivable that having established their right to recognize reincarnates, the Chinese would not hesitate to identify the successor to the present Dalai Lama. Many experts fear that Beijing may ignore the Dalai Lama's own declaration that he is the last in his line of incarnates and find a pliable fake who would help consolidate its grip on Tibet, thus setting into motion the Politics of Reincarnation.← Back to Projects