Faced with Chinese plans to seize control of his reincarnation, the Dalai Lama has come up with two revolutionary proposals â€” either to forgo rebirth, or to be reborn while still alive.
The exiled Tibetan Buddhist leader proposed yesterday to hold a referendum among his 13-14 million followers around the world â€” before his death â€” on whether he should be reincarnated or not.
If the majority vote against it he said he would simply not be reborn, ending a lineage that tradition dictates dates back to the late 14th century, when a young shepherd was appointed the first Dalai Lama....
"And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:" Hebrews 9:27-28
"God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead." Acts 17:24-31
Thanks for the information, Neil. After looking at some of the article you mention, I would say, no, it isn't worth the effort.
Unless the Delai Lama becomes a Christian, he is going to have rebirth that will be exactly him, and he won't like where he ends up, or down perhaps.
"The Consequences of Not Believing"
Gil Rugh said or, wrote: The Bible is clear that there is an eternity after this life. Eternity will be spent in one of two places either in the Glory of God's presence which is heaven or separated from that Glory in the suffering and torment of hell. Many people, perhaps most people, are unwilling to consider that a God of love would ever be able to consign people to suffer day and night forever and ever in a place called hell. Our difficulty in this comes from two directions. Number one, we fail to have a true comprehension of God as a God of all holiness. And on the other side we fail to comprehend how depraved and vile and sinful we as human beings really are....