» 07/27/2012, 00.00
TIBET - CHINA
False Panchen Lama, a "Chinese puppet", his words mean "nothing"
Beijing's hand-picked Panchen Lama Gyaltsen Norbu visited Lhasa where he slammed anti-Communist protesters, "unfit" in his words to be called men of religion. A young monk tells AsiaNews that "he is a poor puppet in Chinese hands" living "in a gilded jail". Without any understanding of Tibet, he is "forced to play to Beijing's tune. We feel compassion for him." Nonetheless, his statements are part of the Communist party's strategy to decide what is orthodox in every religion.
(AsiaNews) - The false Panchen Lama "is a poor puppet in Chinese hands. He
lives in a gilded jail and knows no one, not even Tibet. His statements about
Tibetan protests crushed under Communist boots are laughable because they come
from a dummy," a young monk from a Tibetan monastery told AsiaNews on condition his name be withheld for security reasons.
monk spoke about a statement made by Gyaltsen Norbu, a young man picked by
Beijing to replace the real Panchen Lama recognised by the Dalai Lama, during a
rare visit to Lhasa, Tibet's capital. Speaking before party and government
officials, Norbu said "If a person does not protect social stability, he is not
fit to be called a man of religion."
words correspond to what one might expect from someone who closely follows the
party line. For some time, China's Communists have been elbowing their way into
religion to decide what is orthodox and what is not.
so doing, he is following Catholic bishops excommunicated by the Vatican who
have no following but are deemed "good" and "very devoted" by those in power.
in the case of Christianity, Chinese authorities are trying to replace the
leaders of Tibetan Buddhism. The case of the Panchen Lama is the best known
example. His function within the religion is to recognise the reincarnation of
the Dalai Lama once the current one, Tenzin Gyatso, dies.
latter recognised Gedhun Choekyi Nyima on 14 May 1995 as the new Panchen Lama; however,
the then six-year-old boy was abducted along with his family and has not been
heard of ever since.
in November 1995, China "chose" Gyaltsen Norbu as the "real" Panchen Lama,
claiming that it used more authentic religious rituals than those used by the
goal wants to place tighter controls over religion. In 2004, it issued rules
whereby all "living Buddhas" had to be government-approved. By controlling the top
religious authorities in Tibetan Buddhism, it hopes to control the Dalai Lama.
a period of study and isolation, Norbu made his debut in national political
life in 2010 when he took part in the proceedings of the National Committee of
the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, a body that operates
alongside the National People's Congress. Since then, not much has been heard
secluded in a Beijing monastery, he knows that Tibetan Buddhists have no
respect for him. Inside the Chinese capital's Grand Lama Temple, where the
thrones of the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama are kept, his picture is smaller
than that of his predecessor.
"do no hate him despite everything," the source told AsiaNews. "He is considered a nobody, a boy forced to play to Beijing's
tune. We feel compassion for him. Our Dalai Lama was right to praise him his
long silence. He cannot do anything good to the Tibetan people, but he could do
more harm if he did not spend most of his time in silence."
30/09/2016 15:41:00 TIBET – CHINA
In Tibet, the party’s “highest priority” is to stop the Dalai Lama
“First, we must deepen the struggle against the Dalai Lama clique, make it the highest priority in carrying out our ethnic affairs, and the long-term mission of strengthening ethnic unity,” party boss Wu Yingjie told the Tibet Daily. The ultimate goal is to influence the recognition of Tibetan Buddhism’s next leader. Beijing’s phoney Panchen Lama is back in the limelight.
17/01/2008 TIBET - CHINA
"Suicides" of Tibetan monks; they were to recognise the next Dalai Lama
Gyaltsen Tsepa Lobsang and Yangpa Locho, both 71 years old, were found hanged at the monastery of Tashilhunpo between September and November. They had recognised the eleventh Panchen Lama, who was later abducted by Beijing, and had educated the instigators of the great anti-China revolt in the early 1990's.
31/08/2006 TIBET CHINA
Tibet, a "stain" on the 2008 Olympics in Beijing
A French parliamentary delegation yesterday returned from a visit to the region. A senator warned Beijing about the importance of resolving the Tibetan question before the Games. In the meantime, the Panchen Lama chosen by Communist leaders has returned home.
17/03/2009 CHINA - TIBET
If there really is peace in Tibet, Beijing should free the true Panchen Lama
For 14 years, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the 11th Panchen Lama recognized by the Dalai Lama, has been sequestered together with his family. Beijing continues to say that he is "doing well," and that there is religious freedom in Tibet: the liberation of the true Panchen Lama could be the only credible sign of this.
04/08/2007 CHINA - TIBET
The Party to approve Buddha reincarnations
The government continues to interfere in religious affairs, mortgaging the future of the Dalai Lama. In Sichuan 200 Tibetans demand the release of a nomadic pastor who had asked for independence for Tibet.
Pope: together with the faithful in China on 24 May to celebrate Our Lady of Sheshan
During the Regina Caeli, Pope Francis speaks about the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, instituted by Benedict XVI. Chinese Catholics must make a “personal contribution to communion among believers and to harmony in the whole society." AsiaNews Symposium on the Church in China is set for this week. Francis appeals for peace in the Central African Republic, and for loving “one another following the example of the Lord”. For him, “Sometimes conflicts, pride, envy, and divisions leave a blotch on the beautiful face of the Church.” Five new cardinals will be named, including a bishop from Laos.
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