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Yet another thread on the topic: will the DL choose to reincarnate, or not? It seems that more recently, since announcing years ago that he might not, and thus sending the Chinese authorities into a tailspin, he's become resolved to end the tradition once and for all. In an unusually frank feature article in Sunday's New York Times Magazine, he explains (as reported by author Pankaj Mishra).
"...all religious institutions ... developed in feudal circumstances. Corrupted by hierarchical systems, they began to discriminate between men and women, they came to be compromised by such cultural spinoffs as Sharia law and the caste system. But, 'time change, they have to change. Therefore, Dalai Lama institution, I proudly, voluntarily, ended. So ... it is backward' " (Emphasis original to the article.)
This is a great way to justify a decision that was originally designed to throw a wrench into the Chinese government's plans to choose their own DL reincarnation, so as to better control the Tibetan people. It's also consistent with his past efforts to democratize his government-in-exile.