China launched an online system to check the authenticity of living buddhas of Tibetan Buddhism. The first group of 870 verified living buddhas has been published. The system publishes detailed, accurate information on living buddhas, including photos, names, religion names, monastic titles, date of birth, religious sects, numbers of living buddha certificates and resident monasteries.
"As a living buddha, I feel genuinely happy about it," said the 7th Drukhang living buddha Drukhang Thubten Khedrup, vice president of the Buddhist Association of China (BAC) at the launch ceremony. He said it is an effort to promote transparency and regulate reincarnation issues for living buddhas. The association is continuing its verification of other living buddhas in hopes of creating a complete database.