Updated: Tibetan monk dies after self-immolating in Nepal

Update: Phayul reports that the Tibetan monk who self-immolated in Kathmandu on Wednesday in hospital died late last night. The monk has still not been clearly identified — a Tibetan at the hospital called him Lobsang but Nepali police identified him as Dhondup Lotsey. He is believed to have been in his twenties.

The original story, as reported yesterday, follows: A Tibetan monk set himself on fire in Nepal this morning. He is reportedly in critical condition at a Kathmandu hospital.

A Kathmandu police spokesman said the monk, who appeared to be in his early twenties, went to a restaurant near the Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu and poured gas on his body before setting himself alight. Tourists eating breakfast nearby began screaming for help, and police arrived on the scene, extinguished the flames, and brought him to the hospital.

Phayul.com notes that today is the 100th anniversary of the Tibetan Proclamation of Independence by the 13th Dalai Lama.

Official counts of the number of immolations vary, but the His Holiness the Dalai Lama said that today’s immolation was the 100th since 2009. Click here for all of Buddhadharma News‘ coverage of the protests.