Please help the Free Tibet Campaign to defend religious freedom in Tibet and ensure that any Chinese-appointed Dalai Lama is shunned internationally.

Below is a message from the Free Tibet society concerning China’s plans to appoint the next Dalai Lama. It was inevitable that China would take this step in its campaign to subjugate the Tibetan people. Please read the following information and sign the petition and share widely. We must not allow this to happen, the nations of the world must not accept China’s interference in the religious beliefs of the Tibetan people, an obvious manipulation by the Chinese government to strengthen its power in Tibet.

Take Action

Please sign a simple petition:

SAY NO TO A DALAI LAMA CHOSEN BY CHINA

CALL ON INTERNATIONAL BODIES TO REJECT CHINA’S INTERFERENCE IN TIBETAN BUDDHISM

http://www.freetibet.org/petitions/3487?mc_cid=3f204f3800&mc_eid=3268776531

This campaign has been around a few months but is still on-going so please do sign the petition and share.

China sees the present Dalai Lama as a threat because of the support and reverence shown to him by Tibetans and also his popularity world-wide. The Chinese government’s claim that it is only they who can select the new Dalai Lama is erroneous and manipulative. Who would believe such an obvious deception is difficult to imagine but like everything else in time people would accept this in much the same way as many of the nations of the world accept that Tibet is part of China. The choosing of the Dalai Lama is a religious matter not a secular one. According to the beliefs of Tibetan Buddhism the Dalai Lamas are a succession of reincarnations only identified some years after their death by certain appointed religious authorities through meditation, divination, written instruction, examination ( the reincarnation reliably recounting his previous life and speaking about it; identifying possessions belonging to the predecessor and recognizing people who had been close to him) and other religious practices . In other words the current Dalai Lama is a reincarnation of the previous one. Therefore the Dalai Lama is not chosen but rather he is found.  Considering this the Chinese government has no legitimate authority in the context of Tibetan Buddhism than for example the Italian government or any other has to choose the Pope.

For more information from Free Tibet concerning this campaign please continue reading.

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“This week (May ) saw the 21st anniversary of the notorious abduction by China of Ghedun Choekyi Nyima, the six-year-old boy who had been chosen as the Panchen Lama, one of Tibetan Buddhism’s most senior figures. Within months of his disappearance, China had appointed its own Panchen Lama, the son of Communist Party officials.

For China today, persecuting monks and nuns and exercising suffocating control over every aspect of religious life in Tibet is not enough: now it plans to appoint its own puppet Dalai Lama after the current Dalai Lama dies.

Free Tibet is launching a major new campaign to defend religious freedom in Tibet and ensure that any Chinese-appointed Dalai Lama is shunned internationally.

The selection of the Dalai Lama is of the deepest importance to Tibetans and a fundamental issue of religious freedom. They will reject a Dalai Lama forced on them by the Chinese government. Please, sign our petition calling on religious authorities and governments to support the Tibetan people and publicly declare that they will not recognise any Dalai Lama appointed by Beijing.

Please sign the petition

http://www.freetibet.org/petitions/3487?mc_cid=3f204f3800&mc_eid=3268776531

For more on our Beyond Belief campaign see our news story here. For more information on China’s control of religion in Tibet see our website.”

“When I am about ninety I will consult the high Lamas of the Tibetan Buddhist traditions, the Tibetan public, and other concerned people who follow Tibetan Buddhism, and re-evaluate whether the institution of the Dalai Lama should continue or not. On that basis we will take a decision. If it is decided that the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama should continue and there is a need for the Fifteenth Dalai Lama to be recognized, responsibility for doing so will primarily rest on the concerned officers of the Dalai Lama’s Gaden Phodrang Trust. They should consult the various heads of the Tibetan Buddhist traditions and the reliable oath-bound Dharma Protectors who are linked inseparably to the lineage of the Dalai Lamas. They should seek advice and direction from these concerned beings and carry out the procedures of search and recognition in accordance with past tradition. I shall leave clear written instructions about this. Bear in mind that, apart from the reincarnation recognized through such legitimate methods, no recognition or acceptance should be given to a candidate chosen for political ends by anyone, including those in the People’s Republic of China.”

Reincarnation
The Dalai Lama

Continue reading:
http://www.dalailama.com/messages/statement-of-his-holiness-the-fourteenth-dalai-lama-tenzin-gyatso-on-the-issue-of-his-reincarnation

The paragraph above appears at the end of the above article.

Below is a recent example of the suppression of the Tibetan people concerning religious matters

MONK IN NGABA ARRESTED FOR SOLO PROTEST

Lobsang Tsering’s protest captured on film shortly before his arrest off camera

“A Tibetan monk, Lobsang Tsering, was arrested after carrying out a solo protest in Ngaba County,eastern Tibet yesterday. The protest took place at around 4pm local time in Lhade Ghabma, a community near to Kirti Monastery.”

Continue reading

http://www.freetibet.org/news-media/na/video-monk-ngaba-carries-out-solo-protest?utm_source=Free+Tibet+email+updates&utm_campaign=228d9d87f7-News_Update_Monks_6_10_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8b3b75e260-228d9d87f7-39174405&mc_cid=228d9d87f7&mc_eid=3268776531

As you will read in the above article one monk was given an eighteen year prison sentence for allegedly being caught with images and recordings of the Dalai Lama!!!!

DEMOLITIONS BEGIN AT LARUNG GAR

And in Ngaba a mother of two is arrested after a solo protest

“Demolition work has begun at Larung Gar, the largest centre of Buddhist teaching in Tibet. The demolitions are part of a plan announced last month to dramatically scale down the size and population of the academy and monastery, which is located in Sertar County in Kardze, eastern Tibet.”

Continue reading
http://www.freetibet.org/news-media/na/demolitions-begin-larung-gar?mc_cid=e5d205c329&mc_eid=3268776531

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3 thoughts on “Please help the Free Tibet Campaign to defend religious freedom in Tibet and ensure that any Chinese-appointed Dalai Lama is shunned internationally.

  1. This is a good cause and I as a Kagyu support it however would it not also be correct to have a petition against Orgyen Trinley Dorge the Chinese Politburo and the Dalai Lama approved Karmapa? This is exactly the same religious interference is it not? The same reasons apply China wants to control Tibetans and the Buddhist world. We must stop all Chinese interference. Not just this fine example.

    • I agree that all Chinese interference with religious matters must be stopped and their attempts to control Buddhism and Tibetans prevented. Unfortunately not an easy task, as so many nations will not stand up to China. The Chinese no doubt will attempt to appoint their own Dalai Lama, but while the Tibetan government in exile remains there is hope that this appointment will not be recognised world wide.

      I agree this is not the only situation concerning China’s interference.

      I suppose the emphasis on the Dalai Lama rather than the example you give is that more people are familiar with the Dalai Lama as the following article points out and any attempt by China to interfere will be less likely to succeed:

      “…the charismatic face of the Tibetan movement has made it clear that his successor will come from the “free world”, thereby excluding Chinese-ruled Tibet. “

      https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2011/feb/10/karmapa-lama-cash-beijing-chinese

      The situation with the Karmarpa appears more complex, more controversial and is not so readily in the forefront of world attention or so easily understood generally.

      In fact I am not familiar enough with the situation to comment specifically without some research. Nonetheless interference with religious matters by China in any way whatsoever is nothing more than a way of consolidating their control of the Tibetan people and should be challenged and not allowed to fall into obscurity and eventually accepted as normal and legitimate in the same way that many nations and institutions accept Tibet as part of China. Frankly I think no government should interfere with religious matters.

      I agree this is not the only issue about which action should be taken. Unfortunately the governments of many nations of the world including here in the UK are more interested in pleasing China for financial advantage than standing up for what is right.

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