The world of world religions was shocked by the unorthodox practice of the Dalai Lama appointing his own reincarnation. the revolutionary move appears to have been prompted by the Chinese government's refusal to acknowledge the recognized leader of Tibetan Buddhism who has lived in exile in India since the 1950's.
The Dalai Lama is renowned for his holiness and his very modern ecumenical and feminist spirit. he has also established himself as a force to be reckoned with on behalf of tibetan autonomy. One Tibetan monk close to the Lama suggested that maybe his controversial choice was not so surprising:
" We Tibetans have long been enamoured with the heavenly voice and beauty of the next Dalai Lama. we all love her albums and flock to her films. She will be the Buddhist Yentl and soothe our stress with her voice like yak butter. Barbra Streisand we hail you with the centuries old Tibetan reverential greeting, Hello Dalai!"