China’s communist state has reached new heights in totalitarianism.
Apparently if you’re a Buddhist you can still look forward to the next stage of your reincarnation – if the government approves your request! From the source:
In one of history’s more absurd acts of totalitarianism, China has banned Buddhist monks in Tibet from reincarnating without government permission. According to a statement issued by the State Administration for Religious Affairs, the law, which goes into effect next month and strictly stipulates the procedures by which one is to reincarnate, is “an important move to institutionalize management of reincarnation.”
I can see it now, sitting on death row for being reborn without permission…