After the Dalai Lama
At 73 the Dalai Lama is facing retirement. Switching power to the Karmapa Lama could sidestep China's plan to control his succession. But will the Karmapa be accepted by the Dalai Lama's rival sect?
Recently, the Dalai Lama held an emergency summit on how to deal with China, stating: 'I have to accept failure. It is my moral responsibility to ask people what to do.' Despite the historic rivalry between their sects, the Dalai Lama took the Karmapa Lama under his wing when he was exiled to India as a child. Many believe he is being groomed as a successor. But it is doubtful that members of the Dalai Lama's sect will ever accept the Karmapa Lama as a leader. 'He's the one who has to shoulder a great responsibility,' says Tenzin Dhundup of The Tibetan Youth Congress. But can Karmapa prevent China from using the divisions amongst his followers to cripple the independence movement?FULL SYNOPSIS