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Monks expelled for voicing their opinion over admission policy

Over the years, the Chinese authorities in Tibet have been appointing their officials in the monastic institutions to monitor and control the activities of the monks. Lobsang Tenzin and Thupten Nyima, recently arrived in Nepal in early March, described to TCHRD the control and interference by government officials in their monastery. They told TCHRD, “In Lhasa Ramoche Monastery, two officials have been permanently residing in the monastery under instructions from the Lhasa Religious Bureau. Although the monks of the monastery elect their heads, they have no control of the activities of the monastery. The government appointed officials call meetings in …

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Monk sentenced to three years “re-education through labour” for political journal

Tashi Gyaltsen was born in 1964 in Yagel Hrongbu Village. He studied Tibetan grammar, history and poetry during his early ages. In 1986, he joined the Drakar Trezong Monastery where he was ordained as a monk by his teacher, Kelsang Tsultrim Woeser Rinpoche. Over the years, Tashi mastered in all the Buddhist text and successfully completed the five annals of Tibetan Buddhism. In 1993, he was acclaimed as a candidate for the reincarnation of Kyabje Arol Dorjee Chang. Tashi was on the editorial team of the monastery’s journal “Great Rays of the Sun and Moon” (Tib translit: nyi dai’ gzi …

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Gedhun Choekyi Nyima: the XIth Panchen Lama of Tibet

Briefing Paper on Tibet’s XIth Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima Ordained Name: Tenzin Gedhun Yeshe Trinley Phuntsok Pal Sangpo[Gedhun Choekyi Nyima] Birthday: 25 April 1989 Birthplace: Lhari County, Nagchu Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) Date of formal announcement as the reincarnation of the Xth Panchen Lama by the Dalai Lama: 14 May 1995 Date of Abduction: 17 May 1995 Current Age: 16 year-old   Introduction: Gedhun Choekyi Nyima was born to Konchok Phuntsok and Dechen Chodon on 25 April, 1989, the nineteenth day of the third Tibetan month of the lunar calendar in the Tibetan Earth-Snake year at Lhari county of Nagchu Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region …

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