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Tibetan living Buddha's life as legislator
16:49, March 15, 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.


Shingtsa Tenzinchodrak (L, front), living Buddha and head of a five-member delegation of the Tibetan deputies to China's National People's Congress, talks with former Canadian Embassador to China Earl Drake during a discussion with the delegates from the Asia-Pacific Foundation of Canada in Vancouver, March 24, 2009. The delegation is now in Canada for a visit. (Xinhua Photo)


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.
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