Tibetan Monasteries Closed to Outside Visitors on Dalai Lama’s Birthday

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Chinese authorities fanned out throughout Tibetan locations of China over the weekend, warning Tibetan monasteries not to host “outside visitors” throughout the 85 th birthday on July 6 of banished spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, a source in exile stated.

Locations covered by the restriction consisted of monasteries in western China’s Sichuan and Qinghai provinces, and parts of the Kanlho (in Chinese, Gannan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in the northwestern province of Gansu, RFA’s source stated, pointing out contacts in the area.

“While introducing Chinese policy and relevant laws to the monasteries, the officials emphasized that no outside visitors would be permitted to stay there,” the source stated.

In Sichuan province’s Kardze (Ganzi) prefecture, a federal government group led by Wang Shu Yin, a Communist Party official and head of the regional cops department, went into Ganden Phuntsok Ling abbey in Rongdrag (Danba) county on July 5 to conduct evaluations, the source stated.

“During their tour, the Chinese officials urged the residents to become ‘exemplary and patriotic’ monks and watch out for any outside visitors in the area and in the monastery itself,” he stated, including, “The officials urged the monks to report any suspicious persons to the local government or police department.”

Rigorous restrictions versus over night visitors to the abbey had actually currently remained in location given that 2019 in an effort to hinder demonstrations on the celebration of politically delicate anniversaries such as the March 10 th anniversary of Tibetan national uprisings versus Chinese guideline and the July 6 birthday of the Dalai Lama, the source stated.

Greetings and well wants on the other hand gathered from all over the world on Sunday, the Dalai Lama’s 85 th birthday, with Tibetans in Tibet defying Chinese restrictions on events by using prayers and publishing pictures of the revered spiritual leader online– frequently utilizing oblique signs.

“Many devotees in different parts of Tibet have made ritual offerings of juniper smoke to celebrate the birthday of the Dalai Lama,” a source in Tibet stated in an earlier report, including that other Tibetans had actually gone online to post pictures of the Buddhist divine being of empathy, Chenresig, with whom the Dalai Lama is recognized.

Other Tibetan netizens posted poems in event, with one resolving the well-liked spiritual instructor as “the glorious sun,” and another writing, “As long as you are present, our hope remains unflinching. May you live as long as space endures.”

Concerned by Chinese leaders as an unsafe separatist, the Dalai Lama ran away Tibet into exile in India in the middle of a stopped working 1959 Tibetan national uprising versus guideline by China, which marched into the previously independent Himalayan nation in 1950.

Shows by Tibetans of the Dalai Lama’s picture, public events of his birthday, and the sharing of his mentors on mobile phones or other social median are frequently roughly penalized.

Chinese authorities on the other hand preserve a tight grip on Tibet and on Tibetan- inhabited areas of western China, limiting Tibetans’ political activities and tranquil expression of spiritual and cultural identities, and subjecting Tibetans to jail time, abuse, and extrajudicial killings.

Reported by RFA’s Tibetan Service. Equated by Dorjee Damdul. Composed in English by Richard Finney.

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