Dharamshala — A suicide note left by a Buddhist nun from Larung Gar Institute, the largest Tibetan Buddhist center in the world, strongly expressed her outrage against Chinese Government's repressive and discriminatory policies.
In 2016, three nuns reportedly committed suicide amid the destruction of Larung Gar Buddhist Institute at the hands of the totalitarian communist regime China. A suicide note left by one of the Buddhist nuns has recently appeared public.
20-year-old Tsering Dolma took part in a suicide protest alongside two fellow nuns from the Larung Gar Buddhist Institute, on August 19, 2016. Dolma reportedly hanged herself out of despair following the demolition of the religious institution. Later, the Chinese authorities prevented any investigation into her case.
Her suicide note, recently obtained by Tibet Watch, substantiates that she hung herself out of anguish and unhappiness from the demolitions carried out in Larung Gar.
In her suicide note, Tsering Dolma wrote, "My heart is so sad. The reason is, the Chinese government does not allow us the freedom to practice our religion. Even our tiny shelters have been destroyed. It is better to die."
The suicide of a second nun, Rigzin Dolma, on July 20 in the same year, was also obtained, while a third Buddhist nun's death is still left to be confirmed. A fourth nun is said to have attempted suicide but she was rescued by her fellow Buddhist residents.
Larung Gar in Serthar County, eastern Tibet has been the heartland of Tibetan Buddhism for decades. It hosts the world's largest school for Tibetan Buddhism, namely the Larung Five Sciences Buddhist Academy, which has educated tens of thousands of monks, nuns and students.
In June 2016, compelled by so-called "sanitary concerns", Chinese authorities in the region decided to cut the population down to 5,000 residents, paving the way for widespread demolitions and mass forced evictions. More than 4,200 inhabitants have already been expelled and at least 4,000 buildings torn down.
Free Tibet said that they have been campaigning on the demolitions since they began last year. "The demolitions have attracted international outrage and criticism from, among others, the United Nations and the European Union."
The institute at Larung Gar continues to face wide-scale demolition and destruction by the Chinese government. Monks and nuns have watched helplessly as the Chinese demolition teams destroys their homes.