China’s “Panchen Lama” makes rare speech in Hong Kong
The man chosen by China to be Tibet’s second highest spiritual leader has made his first appearance outside the Chinese mainland.
The Panchen Lama spoke at a Buddhist conference in Hong Kong criticising the value placed on materialistic technology.
Gyaltsen Norbu, 22, was chosen by Beijing as the reincarnation of the Panchen Lama when he was six.
But he is not recognised by followers of the Dalai Lama who lives in exile.
The Dalai Lama’s own choice of who should be the Panchen Lama was rejected by China and that boy has not been seen since.
During his speech in Hong Kong, the Panchen Lama said external science was valued above the inner sciences, “the sins spread and (spiritual) corruption becomes rampant. The body loses balance and the environment is tainted”.