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Spiritual : China bans reincarnation
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From: MSN NicknameAvidly  (Original Message)Sent: 8/15/2007 11:25 PM
By Matthew Philips
Aug. 20-27, 2007 issue - In one of history's more absurd acts of totalitarianism, China has banned Buddhist monks in Tibet from reincarnating without government permission. According to a statement issued by the State Administration for Religious Affairs, the law, which goes into effect next month and strictly stipulates the procedures by which one is to reincarnate, is "an important move to institutionalize management of reincarnation." But beyond the irony lies China's true motive: to cut off the influence of the Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled spiritual and political leader, and to quell the region's Buddhist religious establishment more than 50 years after China invaded the small Himalayan country. By barring any Buddhist monk living outside China from seeking reincarnation, the law effectively gives Chinese authorities the power to choose the next Dalai Lama, whose soul, by tradition, is reborn as a new human to continue the work of relieving suffering...

omg, I am laughing my ass off right now.

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 Message 2 of 9 in Discussion 
From: Jnp9Sent: 8/15/2007 11:27 PM

 Message 3 of 9 in Discussion 
From: JagSent: 8/16/2007 4:02 PM
LOL  <shaking head>  Unreal...

 Message 4 of 9 in Discussion 
From: MSN NicknameSmigChickSent: 8/16/2007 11:12 PM
Chinese government wouldn't have the resources to enforce such a stupid law if they didn't have our money in their pockets.
Sorry, lol. But we really do have to stop importing and buying Chinese-made until those fuckwits become human. jmho....

 Message 5 of 9 in Discussion 
From: MSN Nicknamebreeze_tiogaSent: 8/17/2007 1:32 PM
They also banned more than a million vehicles from its roads...
BEIJING (AFP) - Beijing banned more than one million cars from its roads on Friday in a test run to improve air quality for the Olympics, easing notorious gridlock although a thick smog still hung over the city.

More than 6,500 traffic police were on duty across the city to ensure car owners observed the ban, while an extra two million more trips were expected to be taken on subways and buses during the day, officials said.

The four-day test is expected to be a prelude for a similar ban to be put in place for the duration of the August 2008 Olympics, as part of a range of measures to temporarily improve air quality for athletes and visitors.

Beijing is one of the world's most polluted cities, and poor air quality, blamed partly on the city's three million cars -- a number growing by 1,200 a day -- has long been a top concern for athletes and officials.

Those worries were exacerbated as a weeks-long smoggy haze that reduced visibility to just a few hundred metres (yards) on occasions marred the build-up to last week's August 8 one-year countdown to the Games.

International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge, in Beijing for the countdown, said then some events could be postponed if pollution was extremely bad, in what would be an unprecedented move to protect athletes' health.;_ylt=AnvnA57XuGOBZirAUrZqNvAZO7gF



 Message 6 of 9 in Discussion 
From: MSN NicknameZelfrieda1Sent: 8/17/2007 10:33 PM
I can't be reading that right.........
How're they supposed to know the did? or didn't? and what in the world would the punishment be?

 Message 7 of 9 in Discussion 
From: MSN NicknameSmigChickSent: 8/18/2007 2:40 AM
That's sorta the point, Zel, lol. It's so fookin' ridiculous...
...bunch o' freakin' control freaks. Communism just sucks...

 Message 8 of 9 in Discussion 
From: MSN NicknameAvidlySent: 9/23/2008 4:22 PM
oh okay, by re-reading it, I get what China is trying to do. The next Dalai Lama has to be re-born, and so by restricting reincarnation with offical laws, they can refuse to acknowledge or even jail the next Dalai Lama when he shows up.

They must think they're pretty darn smart. Wonder if that will give Bush any ideas about the second coming of Christ. :-P

 Message 9 of 9 in Discussion 
From: MSN NicknameZelfrieda1Sent: 9/23/2008 5:15 PM
confuses the hell out of me when I'm reading a thread I think is new - but I've already responded to it!

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