In his first speech to the CPPCC plenary session on March 12, 2017, the Chinese appointed 11th Panchen Lama Gyaincain Norbu denounced fake monks and called for the stricter regulation of religious personnel. He said "With the development of the market economy, Buddhism has suffered the effects of commercialization. Some monks were not following religious disciplines and have been seeking financial gain in the name of religion. Although fake monks cannot represent mainstream Buddhists, they have had a very negative influence." He described temples in some regions as "cash machines." The Panchen Lama also called for the cultivation of religious personnel. He said many temples have focused on grand architecture and ignored the cultivation of knowledgeable monks.
(Comment: It was the 11th Panchen Lama's first speech to the general assembly of the CPPCC, though he had attended the annual meeting for eight times.)

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