Another Tibetan monk has self-immolated today in the town of Tongren, the second self-immolation in only a week. He is, at this time, believed to be alive and to have returned to his monastery.
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On March 5, an 18-year-old man named Dorje was the latest Tibetan to self-immolate, this according to a press release from the exile base for Kirti Monastery, making him the third Tibetan to self-immolate in only a week. Dorje self-immolated while marching toward a government building located in Cha while shouting in protest of the restrictive atmosphere in Ngaba,. He died from his injuries. Read More »
Last Friday, three Tibetans self-immolated in Serta county of Tibet, leaving one unidentified man dead on the scene. The other two, a 60-year-old named Tsering and a 30-year-old named Kyari, were left seriously injured. Chinese authorities responded by deploying even more security forces in the area, escalating an already tense situation.
“I pray that these sacrifices have not been in vain” — Karmapa releases statement on Tibetan self-immolations
Today His Holiness the Seventeenth Karmapa released the following statement via the Karmapa Office of Administration Press in Bodh Gaya:
Reports have just emerged that three more Tibetans set themselves ablaze within a single day in eastern Tibet. This comes shortly after four Tibetans immolated themselves and others died in demonstrations in Tibet during the month of January. As tensions escalate, instead of showing concern and trying to understand the causes of the situation, the Chinese authorities respond with increasing force and oppression. Each new report of a Tibetan death brings me immense pain and sadness; three in a single day is more than the heart can bear. I pray that these sacrifices have not been in vain, but will yield a change in policy that will bring our Tibetan brothers and sisters relief. Read More »
Tibet saw three new self-immolation protests this weekend. On Friday, a monk and a layperson set themselves afire near Kirti Monastery in eastern Tibet. Both men are feared dead. Saturday, the Central Tibet Administration put out the following statement regarding the incident:
“The latest incidents, which occurred on January 6, 2012, involve one monk and one layperson, with the latter reportedly having succumbed to his injuries.”
According to an Associated Press report this morning, a Tibetan rights group has confirmed that the latest Tibetan to self-immolate in protest has died as a result of his injuries. The 46-year-old former Tibetan monk Tenzin Phuntsog died on Tuesday in a hospital in Tibet’s Chamdo region, this following his self-immolation protest of December 1. Read More »
Another Tibetan has self-immolated in Eastern Tibet, the thirteenth to do so in protest of Chinese repression this year. Tenzin Phuntsok, a former monk in his forties, set himself afire on Thursday before being taken away by Chinese authorities. His condition and whereabouts are, as of this writing, unknown.
Buddhadharma has been covering the self-immolation phenomenon for quite some time now. To read other relevant articles on the topic, see here.
In what has been described as “his first public statement on [the crisis at Kirti Monastery],” His Holiness the Dalai Lama said this week that Beijing’s “ruthless and illogical” policies in Tibet were to blame for the recent spate of immolations by Tibetan monks and nuns.
“For their own interest, not just the interest for certain sort of problem here and there, but for the whole country’s sort of future, [the Chinese government has] to act [with a] realistic sort of policy.” At least nine Tibetan monastics have self-immolated this year as an act of protest against Chinese control of Tibet. The Guardian has the full story.
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According to Alexa Olesen of the Associated Press, two more Tibetan monks set themselves afire on Monday, calling for more religious freedom in Tibet and saying “Long live the Dalai Lama” before setting themselves ablaze. Also on Monday, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said that “it has never been up to the Dalai Lama to pick his own successor” and that “Beijing will identify who is the next incarnation of the Tibetan spiritual leader.”
The protests once again took place at Kirti Monastery in Sichuan province, where a 21-year-old monk by the name of Rigzin Phuntsog self-immolated and later died back in March. Read More »
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Three young monks at Kirti monastery, accused of involvement in the late monk Phuntsok’s self-immolation death back in March, have been sentenced to prison by a local Chinese court in eastern Tibet. The monks say they were trying to save Phuntsok from an alleged beating at the hands of police; eyewitnesses reported that authorities were beating Phuntsok while putting out his flames. Phuntsok died on March 17. Read More »
This morning a Tibetan Buddhist monk immolated himself, in a Tibetan area of Sichuan Province, in protest of Chinese policy toward Tibet. This is the second such event in a week. (Click here for news from last week on the self-immolation and death of monk Tsewang Norbu.)
According to the South Asia Mail, “The monk was heard calling, ‘We Tibetan people want freedom,’ ‘Long live the Dalai Lama’ and ‘Let the Dalai Lama return to Tibet.” Read the South Asia Mail’s full story here.
On Tuesday, Public Radio International’s The World program profiled Beijing-based Tibetan writer and activist Tsering Woeser as “the voice of Tibet for China and the world.” The headline echoes the title of her recent book, Voices of Tibet, which examines the lives of the more than 120 Tibetans, including many Buddhist monks and nuns, who have protested Chinese occupation of their homeland through the extreme act of self-immolation (the first such protest of 2014 occurred just a week ago, and a second was reported on Thursday). Asked if she was managing to cut through the party line of Chinese propaganda about Tibet, Woeser replied, “You just have to keep repeating the truth and eventually, people will start to listen. Besides, what else is there to do?”
Elder Tibetan monk self-immolates to protest Chinese policies, leaves explanatory note; other monk-scholar beaten to death by Chinese police
Radio Free Asia and other sources report that a respected 43-year-old Tibetan Buddhist monk named Tsultrim Gyatso burned himself to death Thursday at a crossroads in Gansu province, in protest of Communist China’s oppressive policies in its ongoing occupation of Tibet. By RFA’s count, Gyatso was the 125th Tibetan since 2009 to use the extreme method of protesting China’s harsh measures through self-immolation. Gyatso’s body was taken back into his Achok Monastery, after which Chinese police reportedly disrupted the prayers of about 400 monks. Other monks continued the prayers in a different part of the monastery.
It’s notable that Tsultrim Gyatso left a carefully handwritten note explaining his action. Buddhadharma received a rough translation of the note, which was entitled “Golden Tear Drops” (shown after the jump).