The Dalai Lama in Tokyo this week. At least 11 Tibetans have set themselves ablaze in Sichuan province, China, this year. Photograph: Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty
BEIJING (Reuters) – One of Tibet’s most senior exiled Buddhist leaders, the Karmapa Lama, appealed on Wednesday for Tibetans in China not to set themselves on fire, saying he hoped they found more constructive ways to advance their cause.
The Karmapa Lama fled Tibet in 2000 and lives in exile along with the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala in northern India, the center of the self-proclaimed Tibetan government-in-exile.
The Karmapa Lama said the 11 Tibetans who have set themselves alight so far this year in the southwestern Chinese province of Sichuan were “brave,” acting in desperation “against the injustice and repression under which they live.”
“The situation is unbearably difficult, but in difficult situations we need greater courage and determination,” he said in an emailed statement.
“Each report of self-immolation from Tibet has filled my heart with pain,” the Karmapa Lama said.
“In Buddhist teaching, life is precious. To achieve anything worthwhile we need to preserve our lives. We Tibetans are few in number, so every Tibetan life is of value to the cause of Tibet.”
China has blamed the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Dalai Lama for the burnings, and repeated the government line that Tibetans are free to practice their Buddhist faith.
The Dalai Lama, whom China condemns as a supporter of violent separatism, in late October led hundreds of monks, nuns and lay Tibetans in prayer in his adopted homeland in India to mourn those who have burned themselves to death.
The Dalai Lama, who fled Tibet in 1959 after an abortive uprising against Chinese rule, denies advocating violence and insists he wants only real autonomy for his homeland.
The Karmapa Lama appealed to China to “heed Tibetans’ legitimate demands and to enter into meaningful dialogue with them instead of brutally trying to achieve their silence.”
The immolations have happened in two heavily Tibetan parts of Sichuan — Ganzi and Aba — where many see themselves as members of a wider Tibetan region encompassing the official Tibetan Autonomous Region and other areas across the vast highlands of China’s west.
(Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Nick Macfie)
Indian policemen try to extinguish fire on Sherab Tsedor, a Tibetan resident of New Delhi, outside the Chinese Embassy, New Delhi, November 4, 2011.
A Tibetan exile set himself on fire outside the Chinese embassy in New Delhi on Friday, the latest in a series of self-immolation protests against China.
Police in the Indian capital overpowered 25-year-old Sherab TseDor and extinguished the flames. He was hospitalized with minor burns.
Before his protest, TseDor issued a statement calling for an end to a Chinese crackdown in Tibet. He called on India and other nations to support the Tibetan people’s bid for freedom from China.
In southwest China, at least 11 ethnic Tibetans have set themselves on fire in recent months, demanding greater religious and cultural freedom and the return of the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. At least six of the protesters, including Buddhist nuns, have died.
Posted on: November 5, 2011 5:58 am
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