The Indian Himalayan Council of the Nalanda Buddhist Tradition (IHCNBT), an important Indian Buddhist organization headquartered in New Delhi and comprised of senior Buddhist leadership representing most Indian Himalayan Buddhist organizations, met in New Delhi on December 20, 2022 and passed an important resolution on the succession of the 14th Dalai Lama.
The one-page document comprised of three resolutions related to the 14th Dalai Lama and his reincarnation states:
“The cultural and devotional methods and process of recognizing the reincarnation of the Dalai Lamas are deeply religious and cultural affairs followed with much rigour in Nalanda Tibetan Buddhism. Thus the system of recognizing reincarnated spiritual beings is a religious practice unique to Nalanda Buddhism and the philosophy of the principle of life after death. No government or any individual has the right to interfere in this matter. This religious activity has to be conducted as per the responsibilities that His Holiness the Dalai Lama enshrines and entrusts. The sole authority of the reincarnation of His Holiness The Dalai Lama is Gaden Phodrang Institution. No one – including China – should interfere with such a holy and devotional process.”
IHCNBT works for the preservation and promotion of Nalanda Buddhist tradition and culture across the Trans-Indian Himalayan region spanning from Western Himalayas of Ladakh, Lahaul-Spiti-Kinnaur, Kaza (HP), Uttarkashi, Donda in Uttrakahnd to eastern Himalayas of Sikkim, Darjeeling-Kalimpong (WB) to Monyul Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh.