China has put into force a major religious affairs decree that will lead to strengthening Communist Party control over Tibetan Buddhism and further the objective of the religion’s “Sinification.”
Culture and religion
During a panel debate in Stockholm in November 2022, representatives from the Tibetan, Sapmi and Kurdish peoples discussed the similarities and differences between their three cultures, with focus on the repression they face.
In an apparent attempt to thwart any potential incidents during the sensitive period surrounding the anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising of March 10, 1959, Chinese authorities have announced the closure of the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa for pilgrims from March 8 to 10, 2023.
The government-backed Chinese Buddhist Association in the coastal province of Guangdong has called to “resolutely resist illegal preaching by Tibetan monks” in a move similar to previous notices issued in China’s Shanxi Province.
Controls on Tibetan Buddhist monasteries look set to tighten with the coming into force of China’s “Measures for the Financial Management of Religious Activity Sites.”
The French Tibet Support Group Lhakar France is organising a Tibetan Cultural Exhibition in Paris from 18-26 June.
The Chinese Communist Party ordered a series of demolitions of structures of religious significance and detentions of Tibetans resisting it in Draggo County in eastern Tibet.
The CCP’s current strategy aims to curb the influence of the Tibetan tradition of Buddhism and the Tibetan religious teachers in the mainland Han Chinese Buddhist community.
In the eastern Tibetan areas of Amdo and Kham (incorporated into the Chinese provinces of Sichuan, Qinghai and Gansu), where over half the Tibetan population live, numerous reports have emerged of attacks on Tibetan language and Buddhist study.
Chinese authorities in the Tibetan capital have announced the cancellation of all activities connected to the annual “Shoton” festival, citing the risk posed by the surge in COVID-19 cases in China.