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The Incarcerated Panchen Lama Remembered — by the Exile Tibetans

2016/4/27 — 17:42

Tibetans in Dharamsala, the seat of Tibetan government-in-exile, and Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in south India that practices the traditions of original Tashi Lhunpo Monstery in Shigatse, the seat of Panchen Lama incarnates, gathered on April 25 in their respective places to mark the 27th birthday of 11th Panchen Lama recognized by the Dalai Lama and incarcerated by the Chinese government.

The gathered Tibetans in Dharamsala lit butter lamps in a traditional manner to commemorate the birth of a high-raking religious master, followed by birthday cake ceremony on the main square of small hill station of Mcleod Ganj. The organizers called on the Chinese government to release the Panchen Lama from captivity and collected signatures on a petition addressed to Zhu Weiqun, the Chair of the Ethnic and Religious Affairs Committee.

At Tashi Lhunpo Monastery in south India, the Tibetans unveiled a statue of 33rd emperor of Tibet, Sangtsen Gampo (7th century), mentioning that it was the wish of the 10th Panchen Lama to build a similar statue in Lhasa but the wish remained unfulfilled.

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On May 14, 1995, the Dalai Lama formally recognized Gendun Choekyi Nyima, then a six-year old boy, as the 11th Panchen Lama. Three days later the boy and his parents disappeared. To this day, nobody knows their whereabouts or their health conditions if they are alive at all. In September last year, Norbu Dhondup, a senior official with the United Front Work Department of TAR, claimed that Panchen Lama was living “a normal, happy life and receiving a good cultural education” and that he “does not want to be disturbed.”

The Tibetans ask the Chinese government, if you are doing nothing wrong with the Panchen Lama and his parents, why don’t you show us?

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The Chinese government quickly selected its own 11th Panchen Lama, then a six-year old boy named Gyaincain Norbu, on December 8, 1995. Since then the Chinese government has been promoting their own Panchen Lama in Tibetan monasteries with little success. Wherever the Chinese recognized Panchen Lama visits, the monks have to be forced to attend. Tibetans call him the Chinese Panchen.

The Chinese government is threatening to do the same thing with the next Dalai Lama despite the fact that the current Dalai Lama, on many occasions, has said that he would not be reborn in an occupied Tibet.

 

 

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