China launches new intrigue linked to His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the monasteries

His Holiness the 14th Dalai lama of Tibet. Photo: TPI/Yangchen Dolma

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Dharamshala — In order to prevent any unrest after the passing away of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, the Chinese authorities launched a new intrigue linked to His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the Tibetan monasteries in the Tibet by issuing instructions to Tibetan monks and nuns, inspecting them every ten days and checking their activities and the dynamics of their thinking.

According to a reliable source, the Chinese authorities in charge of managing monasteries in Tibet launched new activities in Tibetan monasteries to prevent unrest of Tibetan monks and nuns following the passing away of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. The Chinese government is seriously worried about unrest and protests by Tibetans, particularly Tibetan monks, against the Chinese government, as happened in 1959, 1989 and 2008 in three Regions of Tibet.

On May 19, 2024, Chinese authorities went to Sejong Monastery in the Jomda County, traditional Kham Region of Tibet, to directly so-called “educate and guide” the Tibetan monks in the Monastery, and warned them not to do anything related to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, including conducting prayers, keeping books and photos of him.

In order to prevent any unrest following the passing of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, the Chinese authorities are attempting to brainwash Tibetan monks and nuns about His Holiness the Dalai Lama by giving them lectures on the goodness of the Chinese government and imposing the thoughts of the Chinese President on them. Chinese authorities also started to give instructions to Tibetan monks and nuns by inspecting them every ten days and checking their activities as well as the dynamics of their thinking.

The source said: “The management of monasteries in Tibet is very strict. Each temple has a Temple Management Committee (TMC) and TMC directors receive a half-level promotion from the Chinese government if they stay in the temple for at least three years.”

These Chinese TMC officials often interrogate monks in a strict manner and visit temples to monitor the movements and activities of monks and nuns, to see if they are doing anything that goes against the Chinese government. If they discover anything, they are arrested, tortured and imprisoned", added the source.

Recently, a Tibetan monk from Shelkar monastery in Dingri County, Western Tibet, committed suicide because of the excessive mental torture and disruption caused by the Chinese authorities in the monastery, as well as the frequent interrogations and strict rules imposed by the Chinese government in the monastery.

According to a Chinese government’s notice obtained by TPI, the roles of Chinese officials in monasteries are as follows: ‘contact one or more monks and nuns and, every ten days, visit the monastery of the monks and nuns they have contacted, the number of visits may be increased appropriately for visits to key personnel, talk and communicate with monks and nuns, provide education and guidance in a strict manner, understand the dynamics of monks’ and nuns‘ thinking, and keep a record of visits and photographs of their work’.

The Chinese government has tried and is still trying to brainwash Tibetans, especially Tibetan monks and nuns, through “political re-education”, “communist ideologies”, the “thoughts of Chinese President Xi Jinping”, to eliminate faith or belief in the spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, but after six decades of Chinese occupation of Tibet, it has not succeeded. Although the Chinese authorities have tortured, imprisoned and killed Tibetans, but all Tibetans even young as in their twenties have an unshakeable faith in His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

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Over the past 70 decades, there has been ongoing political repression, social discrimination, economic marginalization, environmental destruction, and cultural assimilation, particularly due to Chinese migration to Tibet which is fueling intense resentment among the people of occupied Tibet.

The communist-totalitarian state of China began its invasion of Tibet in 1949, reaching complete occupation of the country in 1959. Since that time, more than 1.2 million people, 20% of the nation's population of six million, have died as a direct result of China's invasion and occupation. In addition, over 99% of Tibet's six thousand religious monasteries, temples, and shrines, have been looted or decimated resulting in the destruction of hundreds of thousands of sacred Buddhist scriptures.

Until 1949, Tibet was an independent Buddhist nation in the Himalayas which had little contact with the rest of the world. It existed as a rich cultural storehouse of the Mahayana and Vajrayana teachings of Buddhism. Religion was a unifying theme among the Tibetans -- as was their own language, literature, art, and world view developed by living at high altitudes, under harsh conditions, in a balance with their environment.