Senior Tibetan religious leaders today adopted a resolution urging the Dalai Lama to reincarnate according to Tibetan traditions and declaring that Tibetans will never accept a Dalai Lama appointed by China.
Culture and religion
Thousands of religious masters, monks and laypeople gathered in Tibet earlier this month to mourn the death of Geshe Jampel Loshe, a Buddhist teacher who played a critical role in revitalizing Buddhism in Tibet after returning to his homeland from India.
At the UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva today, ICT’s Christa Meindersma spoke on behalf of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights and drew attention to the worsening situation at the Tibetan Buddhist institution of Yachen Gar.
As China ramps up its repression in Tibet, US lawmakers are promoting a bill that will increase America’s support for the Tibetan people, especially on the crucial issue of selecting the next Dalai Lama.
Chinese Communist Party authorities have stepped up efforts to control the succession of the Dalai Lama by hosting their first major training on reincarnation involving monks from prominent Tibetan monasteries.
A new phase of thousands of expulsions of nuns and monks has begun at the well-known religious institute of Yachen Gar in eastern Tibet, with reports that those evicted are now being subjected to “political re-education” in detention in extra-legal facilities where there is a high risk of torture.
Ahead of the second Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom hosted by the US State Department in Washington, DC from July 16 to 18, 2019, the International Campaign for Tibet has obtained information from sources inside Tibet about threats to the survival of Tibetan Buddhist culture and values at a time the Dalai Lama has described as “the darkest period” in Tibetan history.
After a lifetime in captivity, the Panchen Lama, Tibet’s second most prominent religious figure, turns 30 on April 25, 2019.
Chinese officials have canceled the prayer festival of Dechen Shedrub at the famous Larung Gar institute in eastern Tibet, according to an official notice stating that there would be no more large religious gatherings held there.
China has tightened the screws on Tibetan Buddhism, with one of China’s top leaders emphasizing increased Communist Party control over the religion a few days after the China-appointed Panchen Lama prayed at a sacred lake associated with the search for the Dalai Lama’s reincarnation.