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Tibet Documents on Policy, Politics and Religion


  • Management Measures for the Reincarnation of Living Buddhas in Tibetan Buddhism - The management organization at the monastery applying for the living Buddha reincarnation where the monk is registered, or the local Buddhist Association, should submit applications for reincarnations to the local religious affairs departments at the level of people's government above county-level; once the people's government above county-level has made suggestions, the people's government religious affairs department reports upwards, and examination and approval shall be made by the provincial or autonomous regional people's government religious affairs department
  • Rules for Buddhist Monks and Nuns in Monasteries: Supervision under Socialist conditions - They must respect the leadership of the Party and government, respect the Socialist system, strenuously study relevant official policies and voluntarily accept the leadership and oversight of government offices at all levels.
  • Tibet Autonomous Region Implementing Measures for the “Regulation on Religious Affairs”-2006 - These measures are hereby established in order to guarantee citizens freedom of religious belief, safeguard religious amity and social harmony, and standardize the management of religious affairs, in accordance with the Constitution, the State Council "Regulation on Religious Affairs,” and other relevant laws and regulations, and in keeping with conditions in the autonomous region.
  • Tibet Autonomous Region Temporary Measures on the Management of Religious Affairs-1991 - These temporary measures are specially formulated in accordance with the Constitution, laws, regulations, and relevant policies, and by integrating our region’s actual management of religious affairs, for the purposes of ensuring citizens' freedom of religious belief; safeguarding the lawful rights and interests of religious organizations and venues for religious activities, safeguarding the unification of the motherland, the unity of ethnic minorities, and social stability; and constructing a socialist new Tibet.
  • Tibetan Policy Act of 2001 - The People's Republic of China has failed to respond to  efforts by the United States and others to initiate a dialogue  between the Chinese leadership and the Dalai Lama or his  representatives leading to a mutually beneficial negotiated  solution with respect to Tibet.
  • Tibetan Policy and Support Act of 2019 - Notwithstanding that Tibetan Buddhism is practiced in many countries including Bhutan, India, Mongolia, Nepal, the People’s Republic of China, the Russian Federation, and the United States, the Government of the People’s Republic of China has repeatedly insisted on its role in managing the selection of Tibet’s next spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, through actions such as those described in the “Measures on the Management of the Reincarnation of Living Buddhas” in 2007.

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