In development: a database of Living Buddhas. It’s to stop frauds from rooking people. “Tibetan Buddhism holds that the soul of a Living Buddha is reincarnated in a child. The selection procedure is strict and lengthy, and nearly all Living Buddhas are from the Tibetan ethnic group.”
Note: the database is in development by China, and the relationship between China and Tibet has not been free of acrimony. At least one Buddhist perspective considers this database an attempt on the part of China to co-opt Buddhist institutions. I was raised as a Unitarian Universalist and the idea of disparaging any religion really bothers me. So: the story is interesting, but my understanding of the issues surrounding the story is even more incomplete than usual, and I do not mean to cause offense to Buddhists or anybody else by including it in ResearchBuzz.