Shocking pictures have emerged from inside Tibet. The photos, published today by a Chinese language website, show rare images of the Chinese crackdown in Tibet.
The pictures show paramilitary personnel transporting Tibetan monks with placards around their necks. The placards detail their names and alledged crimes. Some of the signs show the monks have been charged with splittism, a crime that carries up to life imprisonment.
Although we do not have information about the exact locations and dates of the photos, we have confirmed that three of them were taken in Ngaba, one of which shows the stupa at Kirti monastery.
Still Burning: Thirteenth Tibetan Self-Immolates in Eastern Tibet
Friday, 02 December 2011
Courtesy The Tibet Post International
Date unknown, but this photo clearly shows recent Chinese supporession in Tibet, near Dhartsedho, eastern Tibet. Photo Woeser blog
Dharamshala, India: – Thirteen Tibetans since 2009, most of them monks or former monks, and most recently (Thursday, 1st December, 2011) a former Buddhist monk, have self-immolated as a form of protest against Chinese rule. Several have died as a result of injuries sustained by the flames, or by subsequent beatings by Chinese police trying to stop these protests.
A former monk from the Karma monastery has set himself on fire in Chamdho in eastern Tibet on Thursday, 1st December and his condition is unknown, reports coming out of Tibet say. Tenzin Phuntsok, who is in his 40s, set himself on fire in Chamdo. He was taken away by the Chinese police and his whereabouts is not known. He and his wife Dolma have two sons and a daughter.
12 Tibetans who self immolated earlier this year have called for religious freedom, Human Rights and the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet to his people.
Reports say that monks from Karma monastery in Chamdho were not allowed to leave the monastery at the time.
The Chinese government has enforced intense security restrictions in Chamdho since the widespread peaceful protests shook Tibet in 2008, a US-based human rights organization said.
In response, Tibetans and supporters around the world have created a series of events to increase awareness and pressure international governments to take action.
The region has become a front-line for the security forces and the imposition of ‘patriotic education’ to stifle the genuine grievances of the Tibetan people, it added.
The Central Tibetan Administration has been urging the Chinese government to stop it’s repressive policy on Tibetans and allow more freedom of religion and speech.
The Tibetan administration in Dharamshala had appealed to China that it should accept independent delegations and media to travel to examine the situation and allow medical teams to give treatment to those hurt after self-immolations.
US and European lawmakers have expressed concern over the human rights violations in Tibet and condemned recent crackdowns in the region and called for respect for the fundamental human rights of the Tibetan people and for their distinctive cultural.
YC. Dhardhowa, The Tibet Post International Tuesday, 29 November 2011
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Dharamshala, India: – Despite strong objections from China, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet, left Dharamshala today to address the Global Buddhist Congregation in New Delhi on November 30.
Indian officials say a meeting between Indian and Chinese diplomats has been canceled, after China attempted to interfere in India’s internal affairs.
The Buddhist Congregation is now into its second day, with religious scholars debating the finer points of Buddhist philosophy and morality.
Yesterday, China reportedly objected to His Holiness’ attendance and warned India to cancel the conference, which is being attended by around 900 Buddhist scholars and others from 46 countries.
Speaking from Beijing, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hong Lei said, “We oppose any country that provides a platform for his anti-China activities, in any form.”
The Global Buddhist Congregation has been organized by the Asoka Mission, to commemorate the 2,600th year of Sambobdhi Prapti (the enlightenment of the Buddha).
His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Ugyen Trinley Dorjee addressed the conference’s second day. Speaking on the Buddhist view of the environment and the natural world, he stressed the importance of a clear understanding of nature and the interdependence of all things.
He added that environmental problems are man-made – a result of human self-centeredness.
Speaking at one of the conference venues, Hotel Lalit, Mr Tempa Tsering, the representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the Indian capital New Delhi protested against China’s attempts politically colour a religious event, saying that India “has done the right thing” by refusing to cave in.
He commented, “The conference delegates have no other motive than to bring Buddhist scholars together to discuss Buddhist philosophy and share experiences of how the Buddhist teachings can help humanity.
“India is a free, democratic society. China is a closed society. That’s why they are reacting in a paranoid manner.
“His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been a guest of India for the last 52 years. It would have been unusual if His Holiness, who is regarded the world over as a spiritual leader and the head of Tibetan Buddhism, will not attend this conference.”
The Asoka Mission has also objected to the politicization of the event by China. Its president, Lama Lobzang, said, “The world is dealing with…violence, social and economic disparity, environmental degradation and discord between and within communities and nations.
“The objective of the congregation is to stand united when it comes to sending their collective message to the world on such issues.”
Among the countries represented at the conference are Taiwan, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Mongolia, Bhutan, Nepal and Myanmar.
According to the 2001 census report, India, where the Buddha attained enlightenment, is home to nearly eight million Buddhists.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama is also scheduled to give a talk on The Power of Compassion in Delhi, as part of the Penguin Annual Lecture Series, to be held at the India Habitat Center on December 3.
He will then leave for Gyurmey Tantric monastery, in Gurupura (Hunsur), to give teachings on the Commentary on the Five Stages by Nagarjuna, written by Panchen Lobsang Choegen, from December 5 to 7.
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)
Tibetan students taken into police custody for protesting the outside Chinese embassy in New Delhi, Nov. 2, 2011. Photo by Neha Sethi for VOA
About 50 Tibetan students demonstrated Wednesday outside the Chinese embassy in New Delhi, demanding that the self-immolation of 10 Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns over the past month be addressed at Thursday’s G-20 summit in Cannes.
One of the New Delhi demonstrators, Tsering, said that activists are seeking to highlight the desperate situation in Tibet, where religious practitioners set themselves on fire in protest of what they see as a Chinese intrusion into their cultural traditions and religious beliefs.
“Tomorrow is G20 summit, so there are 20 countries who are participating, twenty big economies [and] China is also participating in that summit,” said Tsering. “So we want to urge China to stop killing inside Tibet. From March 16, consistent self-immolation is going on, so we want to urge China to look into Tibet.”
In Cannes on Wednesday, two activists waving banners protesting the ongoing Chinese crackdown on Buddhist monks and nuns in Tibet rappelled down the face of a railway station, before police intervened to make arrests.
“They have taken this action here today to send a message to Chinese President Hu Jintao, who’s arriving in Cannes for the G-20 meeting,” said the protest organizer in Cannes. “The message: ‘enough,’ enough to the repression that’s happening inside Tibet; enough to the killings, enough to the torture. The occupation of Tibet must end.”
United Nations human rights investigators have called on Beijing to end repression and harassment of Tibetan Buddhists, including arrests and disappearances of hundreds of monks. The arrests are widely seen as Beijing’s response to the self-immolations.
Another New Delhi protester, Sonam, says further demands by the international community will boost the Tibetan movement.
“So far the Tibetan movement has remained non-violent and if the big countries support the Tibetan issue, this will give us a hope that there is a place for non-violence in this world,” said Sonam. “Otherwise, if we pursue violent things like terrorists, then it will only lead to more violence and more bloodshed rather than peace and harmonious world.”
China has dismissed criticism of its involvement with Tibet, urging critics to adopt a “fair perspective” of its actions there.
Nepal police stop a gathering of exile Tibetans who were shouting anti-China slogans in tribute to the Tibetans who died in the recent self-immolation, in Katmandu, Nepal, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011
Nepalese police detained more than 60 Tibetan refugees early Tuesday as they demonstrated in support of Buddhist monks who have set themselves on fire to protest Chinese rule in their homeland.
Police say the demonstrators were arrested after shouting anti-China slogans during a prayer service outside a monastery on the outskirts of the capital, Kathmandu. Nepalese authorities are increasingly cracking down on gatherings of exiled Tibetans.
On Monday, China’s military chief, General Chen Bingde, said Beijing approves of Nepal’s “firm stance on issues related to Tibet.”
Chen made his comments in Beijing during a visit by his Nepalese counterpart, General Chhatraman Singh Gurung, who reaffirmed his promise to never allow “anti-Chinese activities” to take place on Nepalese soil.
More than 20,000 Tibetan exiles are living in Nepal, after a failed 1959 uprising against Chinese rule. Nepal has prohibited demonstrations by Tibetan exiles and cracked down on such gatherings in recent years as part of its “one-China” policy.
At least 10 Buddhist monks have set themselves on fire in southwest China in recent months to protest harsh Chinese rule of Tibet.
Posted on: November 1, 2011 8:42 am
MEDITATION DOCUMENTARY 2016
BUDDHIST MEDITATION CENTER
Videos and Photos of Vipassana classes at our Peace Meditation Center - Wat Kiryvongsa Bopharam in Leverett, Massachusetts, USA
A Dhamma Talk on Vipassana and mindfulness meditation by Vipassana Gossalaya Jotannano Hong Keo, Vipassana Buddhist Master during a 10-Day Meditation & Vipassana Retreats at the Buddhist Meditation Center, Wat Kiryvongsa Bopharam on the 11th Waxing Moon – 7th Waning Moon of Jeṭṭha B.E.2560 equivalent to June 15 – 26, A.D.2016 in Leverett, Massachusetts, U.S.A. in 2016.
ក្រុងសាវត្ថី Sāvatthī or Śrāvastī
Vipassana chanting by Meditation Master Ketodhammo Som Bunthoeun. Footages from 2016 Vipassana classes at the Buddhist Meditation Center – Wat Kiryvongsa Bopharam in Leverett, Massachusetts, USA.
SAMDECH CHUON NATH
Khmer literature and Dhamma talk by His Holiness Jotannano Chuon Nath, the Supreme Patriarch of Cambodia Buddhism. His Holiness was born on March 11, 1883; passed away on September 25, 1969
MAHA GHOSANANDA SERVICES
Extraordinary Funeral and Memorial Services for His Holiness Samdech Dr. Maha Ghosananda