TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—The 14th Dalai Lama is on a current visit to Japan and told NHK, one of the country's largest TV broadcasters, that there are many ways of selecting his successor, and there are therefore many possibilities regarding the succession issue.
The Dalai Lama told the Japanese news outlet that traditionally, after a Dalai Lama dies, his reincarnation is found. The Dalai Lama said that the tradition could be curbed this time around, and he may try to pass the baton to a highly regarded monk, or appoint a new Dalai Lama. He said he will not insist on following the reincarnation tradition, according to reports.
On the issue of Tibet and China relations, the Dalai Lama told NHK that China’s effort to suppress Tibet continues to fail after 70 years. He emphasized, however, that even though he will not seek Tibet independence, he hopes China will take a practical attitude toward Tibet and improve the bilateral relations through dialogue.
Nevertheless, the Chinese government has said that it will insist on following the tradition and find the Dalai Lama’s reincarnation. The insistence has been seen by the outside world as one of the Chinese government’s ways of continuing to control Tibet by putting a figurehead atop the territory's local government, reports said.