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TCHRD commemorates 10 years’ disappearance of the Panchen Lama

March 17, 2005 marks the 10th year disappearance of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the XIth Panchen Lama of Tibet. It has been ten long years that the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has failed to provide information on the whereabouts of the 16-year-old Panchen Lama. Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, went missing with his family since 17 May 1995 after the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s spiritual leader, officially recognized him as the XIth Panchen Lama of Tibet. In his place, the PRC government appointed another child named Gyaltsen Norbu as the Panchen Lama but the majority of the Tibetans calls him …

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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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