Who decides who gets to be Dalai Lama?
The government and the high lamas of Gelugpa tradition works together and tries to locate a boy that was born at the same day the Dalai Lama dies. It could take several years to identify the boy. Then high lamas take action if he worthy of his tittle. One of the ways to identify the lama is, if he had a mark or he has been seen in one of the high lamas’ dreams.” High Lamas may also go to a holy lake, called Lhamo Lhatso, located in central Tibet, and watch for a sign from the lake. The sign may be either a vision or some type of indication pointing them to the direction they should search in”