I’ve never been a fan of Tibetan Buddhism or the Dalai Lama, but I like how he makes Beijing look silly (even if that makes dealing with it difficult for the US).
China has condemned the Dalai Lama’s latest proposals, saying similar remarks earlier this month "violate religious rituals and historic conventions".
Critics say that is ironic coming from an atheistic government long accused of suppressing Tibetan Buddhism.
The Dalai Lama has floated numerous proposals for his succession, including one for Tibetans somehow to hold a referendum on abolishing his office altogether. But, Beijing, like a conspirator trapped in a bad plot, is stuck holding onto tradition.