Regulating Reincarnation —- The State Religious Affairs Bureau Order No.5
In 2007 the People’s Republic of China instituted the State Religious Affairs Bureau Order No.5, also known as “Measures on the Management of the Reincarnation of Living Buddhas”
According to the law, those wishing to be reincarnated and reborn must submit an application and obtain a license with the Chinese Government. Otherwise the reincarnation will be deemed “illegal and invalid.” The law was created to regulate Tulkus, who are Tibetan Buddhist teachers who claim to be reincarnations of past teachers.
Reincarnation Applications have to be submitted to four governmental bodies for approval, specifically the religious affairs department of the provincial-level government, the provincial-level government, State Administration for Religious Affairs, and the State Council.