In his short essay "Congregationalism" Professor Sperling missed a golden opportunity to make his points even stronger. Unfortunately he did not bother to discuss the background and history of Laurence Brahm, the "author" of the book The 11th Panchen Lama. Sperling also failed to mention that the 3rd World Buddhist Forum organized by China is set to start this coming April 25th in Hong Kong (and perhaps one other nearby Chinese city). This will be something to watch with interest.
铎华 Duo Hua
Prof. Sperling Replies:
I should add that a friend suggested that I also include some comments and observations about the politics of the Lumbini project in Nepal as it relates to China’s use of Buddhism in foreign policy. His suggestion was quite pertinent, but in the end I decided to keep the article brief and limit it to my own reflections on the GBC, based on my observations at the gathering.