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Tibetan Living Buddha's life as legislator
09:07, March 16, 2010  

Living Buddha Xinzha Daizin Qoizha says his job as a legislator is another way to practice the spirit of Buddhism to "help everyone out of suffering."

However, back in his youth, the 60-year-old monk, now vice-chairman of the Standing Committee of the Tibet Autonomous Regional People's Congress, the local legislature, never dreamed of representing his fellow Tibetans in the political arena.

Xinzha Daizin Qoizha experienced the first major change in his life at the age of five when he was recognized as the reincarnation of Buddha, or a tulku in Tibetan, of the Xinzha Monastery in south Tibet's Nagaze county.

In Tibetan Buddhism, a tulku is believed to be an enlightened lama who has achieved perfection in Buddhist learning and practice. The chosen child believed he would stay in the temple forever.

"But now, I have to go out to do a lot of field investigations. If you want to know what the people really want, the answers won't be in the temple," he said.

Xinzha Daizin Qoizha has participated in the drafting of more than 60 legislation motions or proposals via the people's congresses of various levels and via the various-level committees of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), since he was first elected a member of the CPPCC Shannan Prefecture Committee in 1983.

The documents cover issues from building the first high way linking Tibet's largest airport with the prefecture, to the environment protection of the Yarlung Zangbo River, the largest running across Tibet.

"Most of them have been adopted by the government, and some of the proposals have been turned into realities," he said.

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