One factor was the demise of two of the most important personalities: in 1780 the Panchen Lama
died of smallpox while on a visit to Peking (with Purangir in his entourage).
The whereabouts of the boy originally named the reincarnation of the Panchen Lama
is not known.
In "Sun, Moon and Stars," he sings, "The golden sun is shining in another land (HH the Dalai Lama is in India)/ the Moon is covered by clouds (the fate of the last Panchen Lama
is unknown) The star is shining behind the mountains (HH the Karmapa is in India.
Rebellion The Global Times compared the young lama to the Dalai Lama: " The 26- year- old 11th Panchen Lama
has significantly increased his role in religious assemblies and social activities in past year.
Controversy surrounds the position of the Panchen Lama
since the boy the Dalai Lama named as the reincarnation of the Panchen Lama
disappeared when he was six.
Deng Xiaogang, executive vice chairman of the Tibet Autonomous Regional government, said the fund is expected to play an even greater role in promoting social and economic development in Tibet under the leadership of the 11th Panchen Lama
China knows that there is every reason to expect that restive Tibet, whose people have largely scorned the Chinese-appointed Panchen Lama
as a fraud, would not accept its chosen Dalai Lama.
The Dalai Lama used a different process to select the Panchen Lama
and came up with a different candidate, so now there are two of them.
Chinese authorities instead installed the young boy Gyaltsen Norbu as the 11th Panchen Lama
During his audience with Emperor Qianlong in 1780, the Sixth Panchen Lama
from Tibet stayed in Chengde for several months and the lamas who followed him from Tashilhunpo Monastery in Tibet remained in Chengde to assist Emperor Qianlong with affairs in Waimiao or Waibamiao.
Shigatse is home to Tashilhunpo Monastery, seat of the Panchen Lama
, and home to a towering statue of the Maitreya Buddha.
A local Tibetan official was quoted as telling a public meeting, convened by county and local government officials in Dowa on Sunday, that the reasons for earlier self-immolations are a ban on keeping photos of the Dalai Lama and worshiping him, restrictions on the Dalai Lama's return to his homeland, imprisonment of the Panchen Lama
and lack of freedom in Tibet.