Head Of The Janang Tradition Of Tibetan Buddhism:
The Dalai Lama has named a US-born Mongolian boy as the 10th Khalkha Jetsun Dhampa, the head of the Janang tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and the Buddhist spiritual head of Mongolia.
- This announcement has brought attention back to the larger question of the Dalai Lama’s own reincarnation, which is a civilizational struggle between China and Tibetans over who controls Tibetan Buddhism.
- Reincarnation in Tibetan Buddhism: According to Tibetan Buddhist tradition, the spirit of a deceased lama is reborn in a child, which secures a continuous line of succession through successive re-embodiments.
- Dalai Lama is a title given by the Tibetan people for the foremost spiritual leader of the Gelug or “Yellow Hat” school of Tibetan Buddhism, the newest of the classical schools of Tibetan Buddhism.
- The 14th and current Dalai Lama is Tenzin Gyatso.